Bridge Meadows is a new community idea that is taking hold around the country. They are called multigenerational communities.
A nonprofit, Bridge Meadows is a multi-generation housing community
serving Oregon's most vulnerable populations; foster youth, adoptive
parents and elders (55+). Their mission is to offer permanency in the
lives of foster children by providing adoptive homes, supporting those
adoptive parents with resources and guidance and giving elders meaning
and purpose in their daily lives.
From Philanthropy Today:
When Lynda Komanecky learned about a new community in Portland, Ore.,
specifically designed to house elderly people to help young parents
raise foster children, she knew that it was the place for her.
“I had a feeling that I could really make a contribution,” says Ms.
Komanecky, 65, who moved to Bridge Meadows from her Illinois home last
spring. “I have a lot of love left to give, and that’s what these kids
Bridge Meadows, which opened in 2011, is home to three generations of
residents: older people, like Ms. Komanecky, who receive discounted
rent in exchange for volunteering 10 hours a week; foster children; and
the families who are in the process of adopting them.
Derenda Schubert, Bridge Meadows’ executive director, says that the
concept is so effective because it responds to the distinct needs of the
“Our elders feel like they have a purpose, that they’re needed, while
the families get supported and the kids get loved and cared for,” she
says. “We’ve seen an incredibly positive impact in a very short period