Second Presbyterian Church - The new home of STL Village

STL Village
on the Move!

Village Friends,

After three exciting years in the Delmar Loop, STL Village is relocating its office. You can now find us at Second Presbyterian Church, 4501 Westminster Place, St. Louis, 63108 (at Westminster and N. Taylor Avenue). As you can see, we are all boxed up and will be moved in by November 15.

Note: Until our new phone line is installed, you can leave a message at our 24 hour answering service: (314) 851-0920 or email We will notify everyone of our new office phone number as soon as it is up and running.

We have enjoyed the past three years occupying space in St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors and appreciate the great hospitality and support we have received from their staff. Although we are relocating our office, the service boundaries of STL Village will remain unchanged. We look forward to continuing to expand our presence in University City and surrounding metro St. Louis communities.

Second Presbyterian Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was completed in 1896 by German born architect Theodore C. Link. This Romanesque Revival style building is noted for its beautiful stained-glass windows designed by the Tiffany Company. We are looking forward to our new home in this wonderful space as well as connecting with the members of Second Presbyterian Church. Plans are already underway for new programs that we will be offering at our new location. We can’t wait to see you there!

Madeline Franklin - Executive Director
  Upcoming Events

STL Village Holiday Outing to
Kimmswick, Missouri
Thursday, December 7
Depart Forest Park Visitor Center -
10:30 am
Return Forest Park Visitor Center -
2:30 pm
Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members (Covers transportation. Attendees pay for their own lunch.)
Reservations required by emailing or leave a message at (314) 851-0920
Get in the spirit of the season and enjoy some holiday shopping and lunch at the famous Blue Owl Restaurant in historic Kimmswick.
STL Village New Year's Day Potluck with Karaoke
Monday, January 1, 4:00 pm
Second Presbyterian Church
4501 Westminster Place
St. Louis MO 63108


Ring in the New Year at our annual potluck. Bring a dish to share and join in the singing by showing off your Karaoke style, or just sit back and be entertained! Members and guests welcome.
KARE: Kemper Art Project
Sponsored by the Dementia Friendly Task Force
Monday, December 4 - 1:30 pm

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at
Washington University
1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis MO 63130
No Cost. To register email or leave a message at (314) 851-0920

The KARE program is for adults with early to moderate Alzheimer's and other dementias. Participants will engage with three to five pieces of art in the museum's galleries and create a hands-on project.
We are thankful for our many blessings here at the Village, but most of all for the friendships we have made with all of our members.

Wishing you a very
Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrating Aging Better Together at Aglow 3.0

Our members and supporters truly lit up STL Village
at Village Aglow,
held at Kaldi's Roastery
on October 18th.

Attendees enjoyed a special tour of Kaldi’s Coffee roasting facility, savored coffee inspired cocktails and appetizers, and danced to the sounds of the Phillip Graves trio featuring singer Anita Jackson. The evening was especially significant due to the presentation by Mayor Lyda Krewson, who declared October 18, 2017 “STL Village Day in St. Louis.” This honor has been immortalized in a beautiful framed proclamation from the City of St. Louis, which will be proudly displayed in our new office.

It truly takes a village to make an event like this possible. A special thank you to the organizations and individuals who supported Village Aglow through their generous financial donations. Many thanks to our members and guests for attending, and to the volunteers who worked behind the scenes and the night of the event to make everything perfect for all who attended. Our volunteers are awesome. And we greatly appreciate Kaldi’s for hosting us in their state-of-the-art facility and sharing the background of their products with our guests. Kaldi’s is a St. Louis treasure! 

Proceeds of Village Aglow are critical to our financial sustainability and enable us to build on our work to make aging in place a safe, enjoyable and affordable option for adults throughout the St. Louis region.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Village Aglow 4.0 in 2018!

Lisa Hansen and Sally Nikolajevich - Co-Chairs, Village Aglow 2017

Village Aglow Honorary Co-Chairs Arthur Culbert and Gloria Gordon accepted the proclamation on behalf of
STL Village.
Welcome New Members! 
    Please greet our new members who've joined since August 2017:

Adrienne Fly
Susan Walters

Introducing Judy Leon: Our New Volunteer Coordinator
STL Village is pleased to announce that Judy Leon will be serving as our Volunteer Coordinator, beginning in December. This position was previously in the extremely capable hands of Diana Gualdoni, who developed all of the forms and processes necessary to make it a success.

Photo: STL Village member Judy Leon

Since January 2017, coordination of volunteer services for the Village has been overseen by the STL Village office staff and led by Madeline Franklin, who has done a superb job while continuing to do all of the other jobs involved in being the executive director for the Village.

Judy joined STL Village in July 2017 after hearing about the Village from her friend Gloria Gordon as well as friends in her exercise class. She notes, "I decided it was time to join. My husband and I are not in need of services at this time but love the idea of the Village and decided to make the investment now, expecting there may come a time when we will make use of the services. We also enjoy the social opportunities the Village provides."

Judy is an “almost retired” social worker in private practice with an office and home in the Central West End. Judy has held many different roles including case management, foster care placement, medical social work and school counselor. She has also given her time as a volunteer in the community, including work with animals and teaching cooking in schools. She believes volunteer services are a vital part of an organization and hopes to grow this piece of STL Village, both by adding more volunteers and helping people ask for services when needed. "I'm stepping into big shoes, which were so capably filled by Diana and Madeline, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to build on their great work."

You will have an opportunity to meet Judy and hear about the program at the January Souper Sunday. In the meantime, she will be contacting current volunteers to discuss their commitment and availability.

Written by Judy Leon and Liz Backus
St. Louis University Students in the Village
Photo: Village members participated in a focus group to assess member needs as part of a study being done by SLU graduate students.

STL Village is fortunate to have several renowned universities in our midst, giving us the opportunity to partner with student researchers on a variety of studies related to aging. Below are two ways we are working with St. Louis University students in the College for Public Health and Social Work. This relationship is a win-win for our members and the scholars, all of who are committed to helping older adults in our community age in place safely and confidently.

Graduate Students Assess Village Member Needs

A team of public health graduate students from the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University have partnered with STL Village to identify and address the needs of the STL Village community in the areas of transportation and social isolation. Through their course AIDE I (Assessment, Implementation Development and Evaluation), these students held a focus group with STL Village members to get their feedback on gaps and improvements to meet the needs of the STL Village community. This course allows students to get hands-on application of skills and techniques needed to work with communities to identify and address a community’s priority areas for health. 

Their involvement began in September 2017 and will continue through May 2018. Throughout the course, graduate students Noble Salwan, Jenna Grasham, Danielle Hull, Olivia Beggs and Lynn Abernathy will present assessment findings to STL Village, develop an intervention proposal based on the assessment results, and develop an evaluation plan that outlines how to measure the impact of the intervention strategies. Their project is being supervised by two faculty members, Ellen Barnidge, PhD and Nancy Weaver, PhD.

Written by Lynn Abernathy - Graduate Student, St. Louis University

Photo: SLU students Phoebe O'Meara (left) and Maddie Barry (right). The two undergraduates are working with STL Village during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Meet our SLU Practicum Students

My name is Maddie Barry and I am a student from Saint Louis University doing my practicum at STL Village. I am currently in my fourth year and I will graduate with my bachelors of social work in May. After I graduate, I will be getting my Masters in Social Work through SLU’s fifth year program. I decided on the Village because I wanted to work for an organization that helped older adults age in place. Before this experience, I had worked in a nursing home that had both assisted living and skilled nursing but wanted to experience the other side of working with older adults. I have had a great time at the Village so far, and I have enjoyed making a presentation for AARP, attending happy hours, grant writing and doing research for the Dementia Friendly Task Force. I have enjoyed getting to know some of the Village members and can’t wait to meet more members at upcoming events. 

Written by SLU Student Maddie Barry

My name is Phoebe O'Meara, and I am excited to be working as a practicum student with STL Village this year. I am originally from Detroit, Michigan and came to Missouri to attend Saint Louis University in 2014. I am a senior studying social work with an interest in gerontology. After graduating, I hope to work in a nonprofit setting with older adults, particularly on issues surrounding healthcare access. So far with my time with STL Village, I have enjoyed getting to meet and talk with so many members and volunteers at various events. It has been great to hear people's stories about what brought them to the village and why they are choosing to age in place. I am currently working with the Ambassadors committee to plan outreach efforts to recruit new members. Additionally, I am helping with the development of the hub and spoke model, which will help new villages to develop around the St. Louis area. I look forward to meeting those of you I have not gotten to know at STL Village events over the upcoming months!
Written by SLU Student Phoebe O'Meara
STL Village Ambassadors:
Reaching out to grow our membership

Photo: The Ambassadors group held a "Meet and Greet" in September at The Highlands in Forest Park. Pictured from left are: Peggy Wilson, Edmund Acosta, Madeline Franklin and Mary Hart.

Do you like meeting new people? Do you like having fun? Then the STL Village Ambassadors Committee is for you!  

Our volunteer group meets monthly to talk about new and creative ways to let people know about STL Village, and our meetings always include beverages & snacks! Members of the Ambassadors committee welcome new members at our monthly "meet and greet" happy hours, volunteer at health fairs, have coffee with people that want to learn about the Village, and share information about the Village at some of our events and at neighborhood group meetings. 

Our efforts have made a difference. Since the start of the 2017 "Each One, Reach One Campaign" that our group initiated in conjunction with the introduction of the Associate membership level, we’ve added 19 new members to STL Village. Most importantly, our members have done a great job inviting their friends and neighbors to join and we thank everyone for all you are doing to help STL Village grow.

Whether you prefer one-on-one conversations or talking to a crowd, we need your help to get the word out about the benefits of becoming a STL Village member. We are currently planning an open house celebration at the new STL Village office and working on other ideas for the coming year.  

Please join us for our next meeting, December 7, 5:30 pm at the new office located at 4501 Westminster Place, St. Louis, 63108. We hope to see you there!

Written by Anneliese Stover – STL Village board member and chair of the Ambassadors Committee      
Notes from the National Village Gathering
Photo: STL Village executive director Madeline Franklin with attendees from Mill City Commons village in Minneapolis at the National Village Gathering in Baltimore, Maryland.

On November 6, 2017, approximately 400 Villagers gathered in Baltimore, Maryland for the 9th Annual National Village Gathering. The theme of the Gathering was "Enhancing the Power of Aging." The conference opened with a screening of "Maggie Growls" which depicted the life of the amazing Maggie Kuhn who was forced to retire from a job that she loved at age 65. Her outrage at this age discrimination led to the repeal of mandatory retirement laws and resulted in her founding the Gray Panthers in 1970.
Keynote speakers were Rona E. Kramer, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging, who leads the department's efforts in protecting the rights of older adults, and Dr. Peter Rabins, professor of Alzheimer's and related diseases study at John Hopkins University and author of "The 36-Hour Day." Village members were provided a wealth of information during the general sessions which included: The Digital Evolution - Empowering You and Your Village; Aging Throughout the Lifespan; and the Neuroscience of Loneliness in the Golden Age of Brain Health. In addition, the Gathering featured a number of breakout sessions designed to address the issues of village growth, programming, and sustainability.
Villagers found time to engage in fellowship and sightseeing. One of the highlights of the Gathering was the opening reception at the beautiful Rusty Scupper located on Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It is not too early to begin making plans to attend next year's Village to Village Gathering in San Diego, CA.
Written by Madeline Franklin - STL Village Executive Director
Help STL Village when you shop Amazon

If you use Amazon for some of your shopping, you can support STL Village at the same time through the Amazon Smile program - and it doesn't cost you a penny!

Every time you make a purchase (of eligible products) on Amazon, Amazon will donate .05% of that purchase to STL Village. There is no additional charge to you or to STL Village. No matter how small, these purchases over time can add up to much needed dollars to support our programs and services. Every little bit makes a difference!

To designate STL Village as your charity of choice for Amazon shopping, simply click on the following link: Amazon Smile . In the pop-up box, click on the "Yes" box to designate STL Village as your charity.

Thanks for all you do to support the Village. Together, we are making aging in place a safe and desirable option for older adults in our community.

STL Village 
(314) 802 0275 

STL Village
6633 Delmar Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63130
(314) 802 0275
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Editor: Liz Backus 
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