"HOPE MEADOWS INTERGENERATIONAL SHARED HOUSING COMMUNITY" PROGRAM
Founder - Brenda Krause Eheart. Hope Meadows. Rantoul, Illinois, USA.
"These seniors are showing me what a fulfilling life you can have. It's the happiest time of their lives. In a time of need they've got a half a dozen people that they can call on and this has become family."
– Generations of Hope Video
Generations of Hope Communities provide intergenerational housing for seniors, parents, children, and youth.
A shared housing community model supports all age groups including seniors as they age. Seniors can have an active and participatory role in a shared housing community as they age. All residents can contribute to the overall well-being of the community.
Another benefit of the “Hope Meadows Intergenerational Shared Housing Community” Program and intergenerational living is that by being self-sufficient, all community members can reduce the need for outside professional services.
Intergenerational shared housing may be appropriate for the following community members:
-Seniors looking for more fulfillment and purpose in their daily lives
-Seniors who do not necessarily need to move to assisted living facilities yet still require a basic level of support
-Foster children in need of adoptive homes
-Youth leaving juvenile justice systems
-Parents re-entering the community after drug treatment or prison
-Military families and disabled veterans
Through intergenerational community living seniors are able to help youth by being present and by contributing to new solutions to social problems such as drug addiction, misguided youth and at risk youth in the foster system.
The “Hope Meadows Intergenerational Shared Housing Community” Program and Founder Brenda Krause Eheart has been awarded several honors including: the Purpose Prize Fellow by Civic Ventures, an AARP Inspire Award and a “Champion of Change” by the Obama Administration.
“Many of the elders at Hope Meadows have contributed to the community for over fifteen years as good neighbors and informal grandparents. Unfortunately, they are finding it increasingly difficult to remain in their current homes -originally built for young military families - as their health and mobility decline. The community wants to honor these increasingly frail seniors for the important role they have played in the life of the community. They desire a project that says, “Thank you. You have given so much to the neighborhood; now we will give back to you and support you until the end of your life.” The Hope House Project emerged from this desire.”
WATCH VIDEO ON HOW "HOPE MEADOWS INTERGENERATIONAL SHARED HOUSING COMMUNITY" PROGRAM WORKS