Our Mission is: "To be a participatory community of mutual support in which all spiritual paths are respected and encouraged."
ElderSpirit community in Abingdon, Virginia is a unique intentional community that has combined many components in such a way that a lifestyle for pro-active elders has purpose and meaning. The components are: co-housing in a mixed income community, member co-management, spirituality, and mutual support.
ElderSpirit community is an experience in affirmative aging. The community was created as an antidote to "the three negatives of aging" as defined by Bill Thomas, a pioneer with the "greenhouse" movement: feelings of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom. Residents at ElderSpirit are engaged in “growing” a community that encourages allowing and integrating a variety of differences, and living the common values. At the same time we are engaged in "growing" ourselves, encouraging personal development and growth.
It is exciting! What has emerged from the group is an entity that no single individual could have imagined or implemented, including activities that are community-generated.
Late-life spirituality is being defined on an ongoing daily basis through service, prayer and deepening relationships. Mutual support is being lived by not just taking a meal to someone but learning to give and receive help in such a way that both parties feel valued.
ElderSpirit community is a work in progress. May it always be!!!
Cathryn Wellner, on her blog "This gives me hope", cites ElderSpirit as #325 in her 1001 reasons to be optimistic. She says "ElderSpirit brings depth and dignity to aging." Take a look:
Two rental homes have become available in ElderSpirit Community.
The 2 bedroom rental home is on the lower level, about in the middle of the pedway. The maximum allowable annual income for this unit is $21,780 for one person, $24,900 for two. The monthly rent is $500.
The 1 bedroom rental home that is available is located at 100 Trailview Drive, on the upper level. The monthly rent for this apartment is $373. It may be rented to 1 person whose annual income is no more than $18,150, or to two persons whose combined income is no more than $20,750.