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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Santa Barbara Village Announces Charter Member Application Launch

The Open House will provide an opportunity to meet the Village’s staff, ask questions, and to be among the first to submit applications with other future Village members attending the event.


Charter Member applications will be accepted at this event, or via mail or hand-delivery to the Village’s office, on a first come, first served basis until Santa Barbara Village has reached its cap of 75 Charter Memberships. In addition to the 3:00pm Application Open House at the Hill-Carrillo Adobe, Charter Membership applications will be available on August 4th online at www.sbvillage.org, or can be requested via email to info@sbvillage.org or phone call to (805) 729-8828.

Santa Barbara Village is a community-based membership organization focused on empowering older adults to live happily, healthfully, and successfully in their own homes as they age by providing a network of resources that addresses members’ living needs as well as their social, cultural, and educational interests. Currently in the final planning stages with a launch anticipated in October, the Village will offer members access to comprehensive quality discounted services, special activities, a cadre of volunteer helpers, and will foster social support and a sense of community. Santa Barbara Village will blaze new trails locally for meeting the needs of our large and growing senior population.

Part of the Village Movement sweeping the nation, Santa Barbara Village is a collaborative initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, the Center for Successful Aging, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and AARP Santa Barbara. Membership is non-denominational and open to all South Coast residents 50 years and older, but enrollment will be limited for this first year by the established membership caps indicated below.

Santa Barbara Village will offer two types of annual memberships: Charter Members will enjoy a 10% discount off the annual membership fee, and a guarantee of that same annual rate for the following two years. At enrollment, Charter Members will pay for the full year in advance, at the discounted rate of $853 for an individual or $1285 for a two-person household. The number of Charter Members will be limited to 75 individuals or households.

Regular Memberships will be available later this summer when the Charter Membership drive is completed. Regular Members may choose to pay monthly ($79 for an individual or $119 for a two-person household), or pay for the full year in advance at a one-time 10% discount ($853 for an individual or $1,285 per 2-person household). The number of Regular Memberships will be limited to 10 individuals/households in the Village’s inaugural year. Plans to expand the number of Regular Members, and to include 15 subsidized memberships for eligible low-income seniors are in the works, and will be announced at a later date.

Santa Barbara Village has successfully negotiated core partnerships with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, Blue Dolphin Taxi, Make It Work, and other local businesses. Other anticipated key services will include: wellness options; home maintenance; household tasks & services; meals & grocery discounts; social, cultural, educational and special events; and volunteer opportunities. Members will be surveyed to determine other desired services, programs and activities.

Santa Barbara Axxess is donating an Axxess card to each individual or 2-person household when they join Santa Barbara Village as Charter Members! This card provides exclusive discounts at over 300 local merchants, including dining out, golf, movie tickets, wine tasting, and more. Additionally, a raffle will be held, courtesy of Make It Work, for Charter Members to win a Sonos Wireless HiFi System Package valued at $450!

If not submitted at the Village’s open house event at the Hill-Carrillo adobe on August 4th, completed Charter Membership applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to:

Santa Barbara Village, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

More details regarding Santa Barbara Village’s Charter Membership application process and Application Open House event will be posted soon at www.sbvillage.org and on Santa Barbara Village’s Facebook page. Information will also be sent via email to those who have signed up at www.sbvillage.org to receive Santa Barbara Village’s email newsletters. Inquiries should be directed to info@sbvillage.org or (805) 729-4828.

For more information on Santa Barbara Village, visit www.sbvillage.org.

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