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A program of the Richmond Senior Center

Golden Gate Village is a community of seniors and adults living with disabilities, whose members have chosen to connect and contribute to one another’s lives through mutual support and enriching activities. Village members help each other live and thrive in the neighborhoods they know and the homes they love  

What are Villages?

Villages are a grassroots effort to address the unfolding challenges of an older America. Originally started in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, in 2002, the Village concept arose out of community members’ desire to reside in their own homes while being able to access services that address their changing lifestyles as they aged.

Created by elders, for elders, Golden Gate Village has three simple components:

Volunteer Services: Whenever possible it provides volunteer services to help with transportation, groceries, light household repairs, and technology help.

Referrals: It connects members to vetted, often discounted, providers and for services they might want or need.

Programs: It offers members healthy living: exercise classes, yoga, tai chi, or informal lunches. It also organizes stimulating programs, seminars, and trips with the Village community to support connectedness and friendships.


Core Principles of the Village Model

  • A mission to help people remain in their community and in their own homes by providing support and enhancing
    their quality of life
  • Consolidator of services—“One call does it all” service provider
  • Strong consumer investment
  • Strategic partners in the community
  • Volunteers and Civic Engagement


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