BENEFITS OF JOINING OUR VILLAGE

Making daily life easier for members and their loved ones

ASSURANCE & PEACE OF MIND

A CARING COMMUNITY: Members and their families have increased peace of mind knowing the Village is looking out for their interests and offering support and solutions as the needs of living and aging independently change. When you join Santa Barbara Village you become part of a caring community whose members reside throughout Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria. Along with its network of members, volunteers, and resources, the Village also provides opportunities for members and volunteers to share their skills, talents, and interests with one another.
 
Thank you so much for standing by me when I needed somebody there during my surgery and recovery. I felt like I had a family.
 

VETTED VOLUNTEERS

VETTED & TRAINED: You will find comfort in knowing our friendly volunteers helping you or your loved one have had background checks performed and are trained. Our volunteers offer assistance with a variety of tasks: grocery shopping, technology assistance, home organization, friendly visits, phone check-ins, caregiver respite, etc.

VETTED SERVICE PROVIDERS

VETTED, VERIFIED, DISCOUNTED: SB Village provides access  to our Service Provider Referral Program. Our directory of vetted professional service providers have passed through a screening process and have established relationships with us. Many provide our members discounts of up to 50% for professional services.
  • Roofing & Gutter Repair
  • Home Maintenance & Repairs
  • Handyman
  • Deep Home Cleaning: house-wide, mold removal, tile and grout cleaning, carpet cleaning, air duct cleaning, rodent clean up, etc.
  • Window & Gutter Cleaning; including power washing and screen repairs
  • Home Design & Build: home modifications, construction, certified aging-in-place
  • Hearing Loop Design & Installation
  • Exercise: Tai Chi, Qigong, Egoscue therapy, massage therapy
  • In-Home Care & Health Maintenance: personal care (bathing, grooming, dressing, medication reminders), caregiver respite, geriatric care management
  • Aquatic & Fitness Center

SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL & WELLNESS ACTIVITIES

KEEPING ACTIVE & CONNECTED: To help stay active and connected all SB Village members have access to an abundance of social, cultural, educational and wellness events. Members and volunteers come together to enjoy each other's company and grow our community.
  • Current Affairs Discussion Group: Gatherings are held in a non-judgmental, tolerant atmosphere
  • Coffee About Town: Meet other Village members, make a friend or two, and enjoy beverages while chatting
  • Matinee at the J: Monthly matinees held at the Jewish Federation
  • Waffle Therapy: A social event for the SB Village community to get to know each other - family and friends welcome too
  • Opera Nights: Discounted tickets for performances & receptions
  • Empowered Aging Series: A collaboration between SB Village and the University Club of Santa Barbara
  • Valle Verde Retirement Community Events: Tai-Chi, Line Dancing, Mahjong, Bocce Ball

TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE

KEEPING UP WITH TECHNOLOGY: SB Village is proud to help its members become comfortable with the current technologies they're interested in using. Once a month SB Village hosts Tech Teach-Ins: the Apple Store has teamed up with our Village to host assistance sessions at its Downtown location! Between the Apple Teach-Ins our patient, friendly volunteers, members, and staff continue technology support in your home or over the phone.
 
As a member of Santa Barbara Village I am so pleased with all the services you are providing. The volunteers are so cheerful and helpful and clearly enjoy the giving and help they offer.
 

NO COST RIDES

VETTED, VERIFIED, TRAINED: Gold and Silver Members are able to requests free rides to local destinations through our No-Cost Ride Program:
 Gold Members: 104 rides per year
 Silver Members: 8 rides per year.
SB Village Volunteer Drivers have passed through a screening process, had their auto insurance verified and been trained to help you get to the place you need and want to go.
 
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
 

AFFINITY GROUPS

SIGN UP OR START UP: Join any number of our groups which are led by our members or volunteers, such as the popular Current Affairs Group or the Reading Group. Or, start your own group and muster other members and participants!
  • Current Affairs 
  • Reading Group
  • Waffle Therapy
  • Coffee and Conversation

BRAIN FOOD

STAY ENGAGED: SB Village is proud to help keep its members and volunteers mentally engaged: once a month SB Village sends out Brain Food, a collection of articles, or links to them, with topics relevant to aging gracefully.
 
We feel as if there is constant friendliness and support. SB Village has given us not only a feeling of being appreciated, but also of comfort and security.
 

ESTIMATE PALS

LOOKING OUT FOR YOU: SB Village Estimate Pals are extra eyes, ears, and brainpower to help you when getting estimates for your home, purchasing equipment or appliances, seeking car repairs... Access to them is included with Gold and Silver membership - there is no added fee for using them. Estimate Pals are available to help you in making decisions.
 
What do I find best about being a member of Santa Barbara Village? The people. Knowing that I'm not alone. Before the Village, I felt like I wouldn't know what to do if something happened. Now I feel more secure knowing that there are people I can rely on at Santa Barbara Village.
 

ENGAGEMENT IN COMMUNITY

SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY: SB Village accepts an array of members and engages an array of volunteers over 50 years of age. If you have skills, abilities, needs, or expertise or an affinity you'd like utilized, our Village will work hard to find a place here for you!
 
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., SB Village Member
 

STAFF ASSISTANCE

HERE TO HELP: Gold and Silver Members have access to Santa Barbara Village staff assistance with such things as information gathering, research, referrals, and service coordination.
 
If villages are successful and sustainable we will be pioneers in a movement tailored to meet the needs of an aging population.
 

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