Senior Village at SaddleBrooke: Helping People Age in Place

President Debbie Foster thanks Stephanie Thomas for her presentation.

President Debbie Foster thanks Stephanie Thomas for her presentation.

Patti R. Albaugh

Stephanie Thomas, volunteer coordinator for Senior Village at SaddleBrooke (SVSB), spoke to SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club about the features and accomplishments of the relatively-new, not-for-profit organization. SVSB was established to provide assistance to SaddleBrooke residents so they can remain in their homes as long as possible, a new concept described as “aging in place.” Membership costs $48 a year for singles or $60 a year per household. The fees allow for coverage of insurance premiums, volunteer background checks, web hosting, software, printing and other costs. There are no paid staff or rented space.

Having a membership in SVSB provides many services to seniors, up to 72 services a year. Membership gives access to drivers (Going My Way), simple home and garden tasks (Helping Hands), friendly contact for people who just need a call and chat, residential lock box installation and resource information. There is also a category for fragile members who have given permission for a Senior Village team to make contact with families.

Village to Village is the master organization, and there are 200 chapters in the United States. Each chapter operates independently. SVSB currently has 402 members, and there are 160 volunteers. To learn more, go to the SVSB website at or call 520-314-1042.

SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club is proud of all our members who make contributions of time and money to assist those within our community and over the world. Won’t you join us in making a difference? We meet every Thursday at 8:00 a.m. at the MountainView Country Club. Please contact Ron Lenz, membership chair, at 262-358-0130.