Santa Barbara Village

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Home Is Where the Heart Is

Time and again, today's seniors have voiced their preference for a different kind of retirement experience - one based on staying active and engaged, and continuing to live independently in their own homes.

Our Mission

Santa Barbara Village is a community-based membership organization focused on empowering older adults to live happily, healthfully, and successfully in their own homes as they age by providing a network of resources that address their practical needs as well as their social, cultural, and educational interests.

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(805) 729-8828 -or- (805) 729-5038

Or email us if you prefer!

How Santa Barbara Village Works

A single call or email to the Santa Barbara Village office connects members to vetted services, volunteer helpers, and other resources to help them "age in place" throughout their sixties, seventies, eighties, and beyond.

The Village is also an expanding community of energetic and engaged older adults. We host informative workshops on everything from avoiding fraud to personal wellness. We also organize frequent social gatherings and outings where our members have ample opportunities to come together, enjoy each other's company, and build a sense of community.

Joining a Village is the #1 tip for turning 50, according to Forbes Magazine!

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Learn More

NBC Nightly News Watch a segment on NBC Nightly News with Brian William titled "It Takes a Village: Seniors Thrive While Living at Home" (aired 1/24/14): CLICK HERE
Our View Watch our Executive Director, Naomi Kovacs, on the "Our View" TV show (filmed Nov 2013): CLICK HERE
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Listen to an interview of our Executive Director, Naomi Kovacs, on the Young at Heart Radio show (aired 9/21/13 & 9/22/13): CLICK HERE
Watch a short segment on Beacon Hill Village in Boston (the original "Village") and the Village Movement, aired on PBS NewsHour on 8/8/13: CLICK HERE
TVSB logo Watch our Executive Director, Naomi Kovacs, talk about SB Village in a 5/28/13 interview on TVSB Channel 17's "Meet Your Money" with Richard Brill: CLICK HERE
Hear our Executive Director Naomi Kovacs talk about SB Village in a 9/18/12 interview on KZSB 1290AM: CLICK HERE

Hear our Executive Director Naomi Kovacs & Now-Former Governing Body Chair Patrick Corrigan talk about SB Village in a March 2012 interview on KDB 93.7 FM: CLICK HERE

Hear about SB Village from our Executive Director, Naomi Kovacs, in a September 2011 TV interview with William Smithers on "Just Between Us": CLICK HERE

Enjoy the Advantages of a Retirement Community While Staying in Your Own Home

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Through volunteers, staff, and partnerships with proven providers, Santa Barbara Village offers its members access to comprehensive quality services and assistance. These include social, educational, and cultural activities; wellness opportunities; household and home maintenance; transportation options; help with errands; as well as medical care and assisted living at home, and more.

Santa Barbara Village is a nonprofit program for seniors who want to live safely and comfortably in their own homes. The Village enables a growing and diverse group of area residents to age at home with peace of mind for them and their families.

Some services are included free with membership; others are fee-based with discounted rates for members. All approved vendors and service providers go through a screening process performed by SB Village staff. All volunteers pass through a screening, including a background check, and orientation. To see a list of the types of services offered, CLICK HERE.

The National Village Movement

Currently, California has the largest older adult population in the country, and in Santa Barbara County it represents 15% of the population. A United Way study found that the number one desire of older adults in Santa Barbara is to be able to remain living in their homes and communities.

Santa Barbara Village is part of a national movement of Villages that have sprung up across the country over the last few years. While each Village is different, all are focused on providing a rich array of services and programs to help people, as they age, remain in their homes and in their communities.

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This photo was taken at Beacon Hill Village (the first Village) in Boston.

With the growth of the aging baby boomer population and the overextension of facilities and medical system, the Village model is a viable alternative.

The Village movement has become a stunning example of how community collaborations can help older Americans improve the quality of their lives, remain in their homes as they age, and save money in the process. And with the government facing enormous deficits for the foreseeable future, Villages also represent a welcome, cost-effective way for citizens to take responsibility for themselves during an era of declining public resources.

According to the Village to Village Network, there are currently (as of January 2014) more than 120 Villages operating across the country, in Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands, with over 100 additional Village in development. However, that is literally the tip of a large and growing movement. Candace Baldwin, Director of Strategy for Aging in Community at NCB Capital Impact and the Village to Village Network, says representatives from 600 communities have attended various Village meetings in the past year or so.

To some people, a Village might sound like nothing more than a modern-day replacement for close-knit family support. For most families, today's lifestyle is very different from years ago when relatives were viable options for support on an everyday basis. And even aging parents with nearby children and grandchildren often must seek broader support networks. With the increasing lifespan of our elders, we are also looking to provide support for the adult children of aging parents.

What People are Saying

When I joined SBV it was actually to broaden my horizons and meet new people.  Never did I guess how desperately I would need rides to Dr. appointments and much much more.  Healing is SLOW but it is better each day.  You have been so very wonderful.  Thank you so much.”
- Pat M., SB Village Member
“Thank you for caring.”
- Michele N., SB Village Member
"I am nearing 80. I want to say in my beautiful home as long as I can.
The Village concept is the best way to make that happen."

- Patrick C., SB Village Member

"I don't know what's going to happen in the coming years, how, exactly I'll be impacted, but I know I'm going to need help. The concept of Santa Barbara Village gives me hope for the future, and a feeling that we're all in this together."
- Gretta R.


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Now through April 30th:

Thanks to the generosity of a local foundation, all donations to Santa Barbara Village (up to a total of $5,000) will be matched, dollar for dollar, now through April 30th!

Please help us reach - or exceed! - the full match. Any gift amount makes a difference and supports our important work.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be designated to help support our general operations, our Scholarship Program for low-income seniors, or another specific program or purpose..

Click here for or more information on various ways to support our work, and how to make a donation.


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To find out about current members-only specials that are in addition to our usual member benefits, CLICK HERE.


Just a little of your time can make a BIG difference in someone's life!

We are currently seeking Volunteer Drivers and other types of Volunteers to help our members and our organization. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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Apply to Become a
Service Provider

If you are interested in being considered to be an approved service provider to SB Village members, please complete and return an application. Instructions are in the document. To get an application, EMAIL US or call (805) 729-8828.

Grants Received

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The Archstone Foundation has been very supportive and generous to SB Village. In 2010 we received a grant from them to assist with our start-up costs. In 2011, we were granted another $98,700 from them to be spent over two years to support our launch, and in 2013, they extended the grant for one year with an additional $50,000 in funding.

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We received a $50,000 strategy grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation in 2011 to support our launch and first year of operations. This followed a $10,000 grant the previous year to help us craft our business plan. We also received a $5,000 express grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation in 2012 to do a complete update of our database system, to provide us a new infrastructure to simplify and expand data management, increase productivity, and grow our Village.

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We received a $10,000 grant from the Gildea Foundation in 2011 to support our Scholarship Program for low-income qualified seniors, and a $2,500 grant in 2013 for marketing efforts.

We received a $7,500 grant from the United Way of Santa Barbara County, disbursed from late 2011 through early 2012, to support our launch and general operations. The United Way also put forth a $2,500 matching grant challenge in 2013 to help us with marketing efforts.

Community Dividends®

In both 2011 & 2012, we received $2,500 from Montecito Bank & Trust's Community Dividends Program to support our Scholarship Program for low-income qualified seniors.

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We received $2,000 in 2011, $5,000 in 2012, and $5,000 in 2013 from the Florence & Laurence Spungen Family Foundation to support our Scholarship Program for low-income qualified seniors.

In addition to these grants, the ongoing costs of the Village is covered by a combination of membership fees, financial and in-kind donations, other fundraising activities, and volunteer services.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara serves as the fiscal agent of Santa Barbara Village.

Santa Barbara Village, a registered "DBA" of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, and works under the 501(c)3 non-profit status and Tax ID # of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara.

Membership in Santa Barbara Village is non-denominational and open to all who are eligible.

Please contact us to see if joining Santa Barbara Village would benefit you!

Contact us at:

(805) 729-8828 or
(805) 729-5038