Barre-based nonprofit Home Share Now is one of six organizations across North America selected by the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and the JAMS Foundation to participate in their Community Mediation Grant Program. “We are honored for the opportunity to bring affordable community mediation to central Vermonters, something that is hard to come by outside of the legal system,” says Home Share Now’s Executive Director, Christina Goodwin. “We have long been proponents of conflict prevention, a cornerstone of our homesharing program, and this opportunity means we can help more aging adults navigate the complex world of aging.”
Home Share Now will work with programs in California, Minnesota, Michigan, Ottawa, and Tennessee. Home Share Now and its fellow grantees will be considering how to support strong relationships between aging adults and family members, caregivers, housemates, landlords, assisted living facilities, and healthcare providers, among others. The end-goal will be to inform the development of training, evidence-based strategies, policy, and research at the national and international level so that more adults can participate in supportive and constructive decision-making regarding their care.
With the cash award, Home Share Now intends to hone and expand their elder mediation program over the next two years. Since 2005 Home Share Now has employed a mediator and since 2015 has been offering conflict resolution services to the public by way of partnerships with local housing organizations. The 2015 pilot was in partnership with the Lamoille Housing Partnership (LHP) and SASH (Support and Services at Home); pilot funding was provided by the Oakland Foundation. Home Share Now’s staff mediator, Roni Coleman, says “I've been committed to providing community mediation in central Vermont for over ten years and this opportunity represents the next step. I look forward to offering this important service to our aging population and their support systems."
For more information about Home Share Now, www.homesharenow.org or 802-479-8544.