William Kelly, of the San Diego Senior Affairs Advisory Board says: “VillageCore has incredibly huge potential for addressing the common aging issues that plague the rapidly growing senior demographic of San Diego, or anywhere for that matter… “
VillageCore held a seminar on August 1, 2014 titled “Why you and your community want a Village”.
We were expecting about 30 people and we had about 60 in attendance. In attendance were representatives from 10 San Diego communities that are interested in building a Village in their neighborhoods. Plus, in attendance were representatives from Sharp healthcare, 7th district Councilmen’s office, senator’s office and San Clemente Human Affairs commission.
The Mayor’s office Senior Affairs Advisory Board president, Bill Kelly, was key note and told us after the meeting: “The presentation was exceptionally charged with genuine passion and compassion … VillageCore has incredibly huge potential for addressing the common aging issues that plague the rapidly growing senior demographic of San Diego, or anywhere for that matter… Further, this has the potential to become a national model that exceeds the original Beacon Hill objectives. Finally, the human interest and compassionate side of grassroots movements like this needs to attract political capital ..”
Bill Kelly also expressed his gratitude to Councilman Scott Sherman of District 7, Congressman Scott Peters of District 52 and Mayor Kevin Faulconer for their concern and desire to address senior issues responsibly. He added that “This is a bi-partisan concern and our city, state and federal government recognize this fully. The fact former Democratic interim Mayor Todd Gloria appointmented me to the Senior Affairs Advisory Board and that a Republican Mayor Faulconer appointed me four months later as its chair speaks well to that bi-partisan concern and approach San Diego is taking.”
Nancy Sutherland, Senior Affairs Chair San Clemente Human Affairs Commission said: “The turn out at the meeting was impressive and is no doubt just the tip of the iceberg in indicating the interest in developing “Villages” in our communities.