The Village Movement: Aging in Community
Join TNS Host Michael Lerner for a conversation with Kate Hoepke, the executive director of San Francisco Village—a community-based membership organization that empowers older adults who wish to continue living on their own terms in the homes and neighborhoods they love. SF Village provides community, support, and services to help members remain independent, connected and fully engaged as they age.
SF Village is a leader in the Village Movement catching on all over the country. Currently there are over 160 villages in 40 states and another 100 in development. The Village-to-Village Network, a nonprofit organization, supports the growing Village movement with resources, peer-to-peer networking and an annual conference. California leads the country in Village growth; the state is home to about 35 Villages, with another 15 in development.
Kate’s background in community building spans 25 years and a developmental continuum from early childhood to retirement. Since 2001, she has worked with older adults and currently serves as the Executive Director of San Francisco Village. Prior to working in the retirement field, she organized social support networks for families with young children, called Mothers Clubs. She founded 40 clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, which have served approximately 500,000 families to date. Kate has a BA in Sociology and an MBA from San Francisco State University.