When people say "it takes a village," they don't mean just to raise a child. It also takes a village to help each other.
The Village Movement is a grassroots effort that is changing the way seniors live and age. In more than 200 communities across the country, friends and neighbors have joined together to enable older adults to "age in place" in their homes and in the neighborhoods they know and trust.
Welcome to Lutheran Intentional Village
The Village concept began in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood in 2001, when a group of residents founded a nonprofit called Beacon Hill Village to assist with daily tasks that often force older Americans to give up their homes and move to a retirement community.
Villages are membership-driven, non-profit organizations, run by volunteers and sometimes paid staff. These organizations coordinate access to services such as transportation, home repairs, computer assistance, social, educational, and wellness activities. Most often volunteers provide the more common services. For services that call for professional help, some Villages can provide the names of vetted vendors who often offer discounts to members.
What is LIV-UP?
LIV-UP is Lutheran Intentional Village - Upper Pinellas. Our Village is a caring community that believes we are to love God with all our heart and our neighbor as ourselves. We strive to "pay it forward" so that older adults can remain in their own homes safely and stay engaged in the community.
LIV-UP serves as a virtual village in Upper Pinellas County comprised mainly of volunteers who provide a variety of services to assist adults age 55 or older to successfully "age-in-place". Initially, the service area will be generally between Ulmerton Road on the south and Tampa Road on the north. This area is loosely bounded on the south by Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Largo; on the north by Faith Lutheran, and St. Matthias, Clearwater to the east.
Other participating churches near the center include St. Paul's on Gulf to Bay, First Lutheran on Nursery and Grace Lutheran on N. Highland in Clearwater. Over time, the service area can expand with additional churches resulting in a wider volunteer base to serve more members.
LIV-UP is a project of ALOA Florida Region (Adult Lutherans Organized for Action, a 501(c)3 organization). ALOA has existed for over 25 years ago as an inter-Lutheran social ministry organizationthat is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is recognized by Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). ALOA's mission is to equip, celebrate and serve the growing older population in the church and in the community.
Who are our sponsors ?
LIV-UP is a project of ALOA Florida Region. We are pleased to have several sponsors help us through the start-up process, including: Pinellas Community Foundation Faith Mission Grant, Florida-Bahamas Synod Together in Mission, and the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Endowment Board