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Current Advocacy Projects

One strategic pillar of Arbor West Neighbors is Advocacy - being at the table representing older adults.  The Advocacy Working Group meets the third Friday at 10:00 am. If you would like to learn more about Arbor West Neighbors Advocacy - please contact Susan Stall or one of the coordinators listed below for specific projects.
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Intergenerational Cohousing Project

Oak Park Commons Cohousing was formed in 2018 to develop a multifamily building that includes a common dining area and roof garden. A community designed for all ages, the 24 unit building will be open for occupancy fall 2025.

Heritage House in Oak Park

The residents in this facility have been dissatisfied with the maintenance and management of their 200-unit building for several years. A team of AWN members has been working with them to gain support for improving the living conditions. The residents recently made a presentation to there Oak Park Aging in Communities Commission seeking support.

Coordinators: Sandra Sokol and Ed Solan.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Several membrs of the Advocacy Working Group toured ADUs in Evanston recently. Another tour is scheduled for this coming Fall.  Coordinator: Susan Stall

Credit Union in Austin

The Austin community is greatly lacking in banking resources.  A credit union will be opening in the near future and the Advocacy Working Group is discussing how AWN and its members can assist making this effort successful.

Green Team

The Green Team's goal is having clean air, water and land for future generations. They actively support climate-focused legislation and policy at all levels and offer researched green team tips.

Second Thursdays each month at members' homes  10:30 a.m. - 12:00 pm 

Coordinator:  Hinda Blum  708-665-3999

Arbor West Neighbors

Arbor West Neighbors (AWN) is a grassroots organization of neighbors in Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and Austin connected to support and enrich aging through community building and advocacy. Our mission is to empower adults to thrive as we age in community. 


Our vision is to build a multi-ethnic, multicultural community where all older adults are valued, age with dignity, and enjoy opportunities for growth and engagement. 

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization with over 120 members. 

About Us

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