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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Home Share Now Celebrates Older Americans Month

April 15, 2013 Contact Christina Goodwin, 802-479-8549/ BARRE –Every year since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and reflect upon their contributions and achievements. It is a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value that elders continue to contribute to our communities. This year’s Older Americans Month theme of “Unleash the Power of Age!” emphasizes the important role of older adults.  Home Share Now, a local nonprofit organization making home share matches since 2003, has worked with hundreds of amazing, older Vermonters. Program Manager Ry Parcell said “all of Home Share Now’s home providers offer depth–local history, forgotten skills and technique, and life experience; all of this plus affordable housing!” This May, communities across the nation will recognize older Americans as productive, active, and influential members of society. Because every older American deserves to age at home, Home Share Now is waiving its enrollment fee for the months of April, May, and June 2013.  Background checks, interviews, and personal references required.  Furthermore, those people matched in those same months will get 50% off their final match fee, a potential savings of up to $300. Parcell said that Home Share Now is especially looking for home seekers who are flexible, are willing to live in central Vermont, and can provide 5-10 hours of work per week for a local elder in exchange for low cost or no cost housing.  Possible work to include transportation, grocery shopping, cooking, companionship, and/or a protective presence. To learn more about how home sharing can unleash the power of age, contact Home Share Now, 802-479-8544 or visit online at _______________________________________________________________________

Not sure what home sharing is all about? Come to a 30 minute informational meeting presented by Home Share Now to find out more. The next session will be Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30pm at the Barre office. Call ahead of time so they will be sure to have enough refreshments!  802-479-8544

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