Arbor West Neighbors is an Illinois not for profit corporation that is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  


We are also a member of the national Village to Village Network, which is a national organization that collaborates to maximize the growth, impact and sustainability of individual Villages and the Village Movement.

The Village Movement began in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston over 15 years ago and today there are over 200 open Villages and more than 150 in development in 45 states and the District of Columbia. 

While each individual Village differs from the others, a common goal of organizations using the Village model is to find ways to enable members to age safely and successfully in the home of their choice and to positively impact isolation, interdependence, health, and engaged living.

We at Arbor West Neighbors share this goal and are working hard to support residents of Austin, Forest Park, Oak Park, and River Forest who desire to age in the home of their choice through the promotion of an age-integrated society that recognizes the voices, power, and needs of engaged adults.  

Working with and through our members, Arbor West Neighbors desires to provide leadership opportunities and support for the aging population in our communities by advocating for the following:

  • Reframing aging

  • Collaboration with existing service providers and governmental entities to creatively improve and expand available services, with a focus on transportation, housing, and healthcare

  • Creation of a coordinated aging network that includes other local agencies, organizations, and institutions to simplify access to services and programs

Fostering strong connections at both the individual and organizational levels is very important to us.  Our efforts to develop such connections include:

  • Developing and supporting member interest groups 

  • Hosting informative events

  • Facilitating volunteer opportunities for members such as the Great Neighbors Program

  • Supporting initiatives by local organizations aligned with our interests

  • Developing member programs related to housing, technology, transportation, and handyperson services

One challenge that many of us struggle with is learning about the many different resources already available in our communities.  Arbor West Neighbors wants to be able to connect its members with the information necessary to maintain resilient lives.  Our efforts to explore resources include:

  • Learning about housing options

  • Identification of health care and wellness resources

  • Promoting live-long learning opportunities

  • Examining our collective and individual assets and weaknesses

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