The journey began years ago, when a handful of friends who had been part of one another's lives for decades asked, "We've come this far; why don't we grow old together?" We were joined by those who shared the hope to create a vital community in which older adults could live lives of meaning, creativity, and wellbeing, aging in place with gusto. The community we envisioned would be nestled within a vibrant town full of opportunities for connection and commitment, intertwining generations and backgrounds. Now, at last, we stood on the roughed up soil of our 19 acres, next to the smiling town mayor and council members, the planning commission representatives, architect, and our builder. We used gilded shovels to ceremoniously commemorate the actual, real, "it's truly happening" moment of our journey. It was June 8, 2017. We broke ground for Shepherd Village.
The easy motion of tossing a bit of dirt honored the much more difficult accomplishments that had preceded it, from the purchase of the land through everything else having to do with community building, site plans, engineering, infrastructure, architecture, design, work with the town planners, and much more. Indeed, as we posed with the symbolic shovels, the earth-moving machines had already been working for days preparing for infrastructure and clearing space for our Common House and the village duplexes and triplexes...a cause for celebration indeed!