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Kalorama Village Inaugural Event Set for May 20th

By J.G. & V.C. Huckenpahlery

Kalorama Village, Inc., an aging-in-place organization for the residents of Sheridan-Kalorama, Kalorama Triangle and contiguous areas, will be formally launched on May 20 at a reception to be held 5 to 7 p.m. in the Coe meeting room of 2101 Connecticut Avenue. The festivities will include presentations by Tibby Ford, President of Kalorama Village, Inc., Craig Goodman of Manage On My Own, and Deborah Peeples of IONA Senior Services, both of which organizations will offer services to members of Kalorama Village, Inc. Neighborhood residents interested in becoming members will have an opportunity to sign up and to express interest in obtaining volunteer assistance or to volunteer their services.

Among the types of services Kalorama Village plans to offer are health care, in-home assistance, shopping, social activities, assistance with home repairs (electricians, plumbers, etc.) and pet care and sitting. Dues are $50 a year for individuals and $75 a year for families. (Ed. Note: This undertaking was the subject of a Community Forum submission last fall, “Kalorama Develops Aging In Place Project,” The InTowner, September 2007, page 3; also in the Current & Back Issues Archive at http://52.202.253.253/~intowner.)

Kalorama village was incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation last July. During the intervening 10 months the Steering Committee consulted with already-established neighborhood associations (Beacon Hill Village in Boston and Capitol Hill Village in DC), coordinated with adjacent neighborhoods (Dupont Circle, Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, and West End), and interviewed potential service providers. In addition, several of the founding members attended a workshop sponsored by AARP in May of 2007.

Thanks to AARP DC, a survey was sent out to all AARP members in the area in February. This survey is also available on-line at www.kaloramavillage.org. The website contains further information on the goals and purposes of the organization, as well as the types of services it hopes to offer, either directly or through providers like Manage On My Own and Iona Senior Services.

*The writers, residents of the Kalorama area for over 30 years, are among those during the past year who worked to establish Kalorama Village, Inc. Other organizers included David Bender, Marie Drissel, Ann Gardner, Ruth Gramlich, Jeanne Hansell, Lynne Horning, Sherman Katz and Mariquita Mullan.