Living for Today, Planning for Tomorrow
Who We Are
Tierrasanta Village of San Diego (TVSD) is a self-governing, membership organization developed by and for adults ages 50 years and older. TVSD is a thriving model of the newest trend in a global community of Villages, based on the Beacon Hill Village model (www.beaconhillvillage.org). A Village enables people to age in place with neighbors helping neighbors in a caring community setting.
Formed in 2008, TVSD has been a 501(c)(3) organization since December 2010. Members support TVSD with membership fees and their volunteer participation. Membership fees are not tax deductible because they are used to support the program.
The purpose of Tierrasanta Village of San Diego is to support the health and well-being of Tierrasanta community members over 50 years old. Providing activities and services to enhance successful aging serves everyone: Families have less of a burden, medical costs are reduced, and fewer individuals suffer from isolation and loneliness. Village members gain new relationships and connections. They use their skills/knowledge to serve the community, and other over 50 adults, through volunteering.
To enable Tierrasanta residents, age 50 and older, to have a support network for successful aging and extended independence.
Through the help of its members and caring community volunteers, TVSD is committed to providing social interactions that support personal well-being. We create successful aging strategies through the following services and referrals:
- Social Activities
- Help reduce member’s isolation, promote connections, and enhance mental health.
- Provide monthly activities such as potlucks, educational tours, and monthly meetings.
- Other activities include: Twice a month lunch bunch, book club, weekly bridge club, mah-jongg, billiards, hikes in local canyons, and DVD movies.
- Care, Support, and Communication
- Provide calls to check in regarding health and wellness needs.
- Send cards, provide light meals, grocery shopping, transportation, and referrals.
- Buddy System that keeps members connected through weekly check in calls.
- Coordinate medical equipment loans.
- Information and referral sources for home health care, senior services, etc.
- Neighborhood Groups help coordinate services, referrals, and quarterly socials.
- Care Support Education
- Knowledge provided by subject matter experts helps members make better choices and helps reduce their dependence on community resources and family members.
- Use health and wellness experts from community, government, private sector, and health organizations to provide monthly educational presentations on topics such as: navigating the home health care system; navigating the nursing facility/group home care system; dementia and end of life decisions; empowering mind and body.
- Member to Member Forums
- Help members age more successfully through help and support of their peers.
- Host monthly forums where members share and learn from others’ experiences, express concerns, and ask questions in a supportive environment.
- Members gain positive perspective on successful aging which helps reduce a sense of isolation.
- Exercise and Wellness Programs
- Improve members’ strength, flexibility, fitness, and balance to help reduce medical costs and enhance a sense of well-being.
- Provide exercise classes: balance; muscle strengthening; stretching; fitness; and chair yoga.
- Time Bank
- Members use their skills, knowledge, and talent to provide dozens of services through a time exchange system.
- They earn Time Bank Credits that can be used to pay for needed services without dollar payments.
- The following are examples of services exchanged:
- Rides to the airport or doctor’s appointments, handyman services, and computer assistance.
- Community Volunteering
- Food donations, eyeglass collection, and feeding the homeless, Relay for Life, Patriot’s Day Parade, TierraFest, Kiwanis Fundraisers, and Tierrasanta Foundation 5k Run and Walk.
- Tierrasanta Village of San Diego Co-Founders, Susan Deininger and Candy Walsh, read a December, 2005 AARP Bulletin article about the Beason Hill Village model.
- In March, 2006, the Co-Founders were so inspired they began talking to fellow residents about the prospect of developing a Village in Tierrasanta.
- They attended a Beacon Hill conference in 2007 and learned how to start a Village.
- In September, 2008, Tierrasanta Village of San Diego was launched with 27 members, under the fiscal oversight of Tierrasanta Foundation of San Diego. This became the first Village in San Diego with many more to follow.
- In February, 2009, the Board of Directors authorized a pilot Member Volunteer/Time Bank whose mission is to encourage TVSD member volunteerism and create an environment where the individual member, TVSD, and the Tierrasanta community benefits.
- In 2010 TVSD was awarded 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
- In 2014, after the Archstone start-up grants ended, TVSD became an all-volunteer organization with just one part-time paid administrative staff. TVSD operates out of a space rented from a Home-Owner’s Association called the Villa Monterey Clubhouse.