With state, town, community represented — At Home in Darien holds annual meeting

>At Home in Darien held its annual meeting on Dec. 6, and the true measure of its impact on the community could be seen simply by noting those in attendance. State Senator Bob Duff, Senator Carlo Leone, and Representative Terrie Wood were all in attendance, as was First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.

A member of Congressman Jim Himes staff was present as well.

Representatives from organizations including Amy Bell of the Darien Community Association, Community Fund of Darien, Darien Historical Society, local churches, Post 53, and a number of state agencies. The chairmen of similar local organizations to At Home in Darien were present as well, as Staying Put in New Canaan and Stay at Home in Wilton attended. Board member Peter Eder also acknowledged a representative from AARP, calling yhr prtdon, “a supportive partner and a valuable resource.”  

The executive director of the Darien Foundation was present, and thanked by Eder as the foundation, “generously donated funds to replace an aging sedan for transportation.”

In closing, Eder asked everyone present who was a Darien resident and age 60 or older to raise their hand. Eder thanked all those in attendance for coming, calling them all “valuable partners in all we do,” before saying, “thank you for your time, your dedication, and your talent.”

Executive Director Gina Blum spoke after Eder, highlighting again the many faces of the community in the room.

“It takes a community to do what we do,” said Blum, before going to present the new website of At Home in Darien to the audience.

The website was first rolled out in October. The site features easily accessible tabs with info on services offered to members, the At Home in Darien staff and Board of Directors, and a calendar of upcoming events among other things. It sees a great deal of use, as every single senior in Darien, upon reaching their 60th birthday, automatically becomes a member. Membership cards are now mailed out as well, which offer discounts at many businesses in the community.

Blum eventually turned the podium over to the guest speaker for the event, Christianne Kovel. Kovel oversees the legislative activities for aging for the Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors, and cultivates relationships with policymakers, legislative staff and partner organizations to help shape aging policy that supports older adults.

Kovel spoke at length about what the commission does, and what the future looks like for senior living in Connecticut. The commission is a non partisan arm of the Connecticut General Assembly, and works with both sides of the aisle. It is the duty of the commission to promote public policies that are in the best interest of Connecticut women, children, and older adults. Kovel offered praise for the work done by At Home in Darien, saying, “This organization is a model for a livable, accessible community.”  

At Home in Darien is widely used and appreciated by local seniors. At Home in Darien is a 501(3)(c) charity organization, and relies entirely on the donations and support of the community. A small groan made its way through the room on Tuesday morning as Kovel mentioned that the new legislative session begins on Jan. 4, and a very large projected deficit is looming. At Home in Darien board members urged those in attendance to continue being supportive and making a tremendous difference in the lives of Darien seniors.

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