It’s about helping seniors have a secure and happy life through accommodation.
That’s the modus operandi of Abbeyfield Houses Society, which holds its annual general meeting at Abbeyfield House, 3511-27th Ave., Jan. 27, at 2 p.m.
“Abbeyfield Houses, which are managed by a volunteer board of directors, represent a unique model for seniors accommodation,” said Judy Maile with the Society. “They help the elderly to have a secure and happy life by offering them a home within the companionship of a household, rather like a large family.”
The Vernon house accommodates ten single seniors and prides itself on its friendly and homelike atmosphere, nutritious meals and easy accessibility to downtown.
“Anyone is welcome to attend our annual general meeting on Jan. 27 to learn more about Vernon’s Abbeyfield House and events of the past year, as well as our plans and projects for the future,” Maile said. “The most significant project facing the Society in the coming year is repairing the damaged bank of the creek which flows along the edge of the property following the high water levels and floods of spring 2017. The Society will be working on raising funds to finance this project, involving hiring an engineer to give professional recommendations.”
Anyone wishing to make a charitable donation towards the creek project, or the Society in general to assist with general operations and maintenance costs, may do so through details given on the Society’s website: www.abbeyfieldvernon.ca. For any further information about Vernon’s Abbeyfield House, contact Maile at 250-503-7774.
The non-profit Society was formed in 1993 and building began in 1998. In September, 1999, the first of its ten residents moved in and Abbeyfield House has provided a home to seniors for the following 18 years. There are 19 Abbeyfield Houses within B.C. providing security and companionship to seniors who no longer wish to live alone and are relatively independent, still having a role to play in the lives of their families, friends and communities.