NeighborCare, under the umbrella of the Neighborhood Partners program, is a community development project launched in 2014 in the Village of Denmark and in 2015 at Ridgeview Highlands Active Senior Living in Appleton. Future expansion is being looked at in other communities as well. NeighborCARE works to build a resident-led sustainable model that mobilizes volunteers and connects community assets to meet the needs of aging adults who fall into isolation. We envision communities where all seniors have a sense of belonging and the local support they need to maintain living at home as they age.
NeighborCARE is a collaborative project between Goodwill and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago counties. Additional funding for this project is provided through a grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, made possible by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J. J. Keller Foundation and other community donors.
Who we serve:
- Elderly living in Village of Denmark; Ridgeview Highlands Active Senior Living in Appleton; River East, a downtown Oshkosh neighborhood
Why it’s important:
- 43% of elderly are socially isolated, according to the National Council on Aging.
- Isolation has been linked to higher blood pressure, susceptibility to flu and other disease, earlier onset of dementia and loss of impulse control, according to the AARP Foundation.
- The over-65 population is expected to double between 2005 and 2035 in Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
- 80% of elderly wish to age in place.
- “I can drive now, but I know there will be a day soon that I may not be able to. I’m happy NeighborCare is showing me how to use the buses,” a 76-year-old Appleton resident.
Contact: Julie Filapek
1800 Appleton Road
Menasha, WI 54952
As a not-for-profit human services organization, Goodwill NCW uses the revenue from our stores to fund a wide variety of innovative programs and services that serve north central Wisconsin communities. In many cases, we collaborate with community partners, who also bring resources to the cause.
Some of these programs create jobs, offer training, and match assistive technology to those who need it. Others address financial, educational, developmental or diversity issues. All make our communities better places in which to live.