Boise at Home launched on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, with a ribbon-cutting at the office, 1009 W. Fort St., Boise. More than 50 members, volunteers and guests heard remarks supporting the nonprofit's "village concept," which enables seniors to remain in their homes as they age. After remarks by Sens. Cherie Buckner-Webb and Maryanne Jordan, and Boise City Council President Elaine Clegg, bubbly beverages and cake were served.
(above) Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb shared her own experience as a stroke survivor. "Suddenly, things like caregiving had a whole new impetus for me, when I realized I was on the precipice myself. This is an organization we'll all need at some time or another. We need to stand together as a mighty militia, as warriors for enabling loved ones to reside at home with respect and dignity."
"Helping seniors stay in their own homes is so important," said Sen. Maryanne Jordan, who is also a Boise City council member. "Seniors who stay in their home know their neighbors, they know the kids. They are eyes on the street; they're people who are home during the day. They really do add to the safety, the neighborliness and the congeniality of the neighborhood."
Elaine Clegg, representing city council, Boise City, and Smart Growth, cared for her parents for 10 years, until their deaths two years ago. “I learned a lot about what’s needed and what’s missing in allowing folks to stay in their own home until they pass," Clegg said. "Both my parents were able to do that, but not without a lot of care and a lot of help. If their church and their children had not been around to help, it would not have been possible. So one of the things I learned is it does take an organization you have some affiliation with to fill in those gaps. In their case, it was their church, but [Boise at Home] is such an organization, too.”
Wearing her Smart Growth hat, Clegg noted that while some people want to stay in the single-family home they’ve lived in for many years, others want to downsize to a place that would be easier to care for but is still in the same neighborhood. That may be hard to do, she warned. “In the North End, we have condos and apartments and townhouses. But elsewhere people often don’t have those housing choices they can make and still stay in their neighborhood, where they’re familiar with their retailers, their neighbors and the institutions they have attended all their lives."
That's why, Clegg said, she is excited that Boise at Home is available now, to help individuals and the community make better choices, "so that anyone who wants to does have the support they need to stay in their own home, and so all of us as we age can do it with dignity, whatever our housing choice may be.”
Board member Judy Holcombe invited Garden City Mayor John Evans to the launch. Boise at Home serves Garden City as well as Boise.
Boise at Home Vice president Brittney Scigliano looks on as Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, Sen. Maryanne Jordan, Boise City Council President Elaine Clegg, and Boise at Home President Susan Graham cut the ribbon to officially open the Boise at Home office, 1009 W. Fort St., Boise.
Board members Roger Simon (top, center left) and Michael McCarthy (above, right), join about 50 members, volunteers and well-wishers to witness and celebrate the ribbon-cutting.