In mid 2011 Crestone/Baca community members first started exploring the possibility of forming an organization to assist elders in our community stay in their homes as they age through a network of people willing to help them. A survey form was circulated, and later registration forms were filled out, to compile a list of people willing to assist those in need, as well as assess just who might need this help.
Many general meetings were held to formulate exactly what the nature of the organization was to be. There were those who felt all that was needed was a simple list of people willing to help and someone willing to connect them with those in need. Others felt that there should be a more formal organization, a legal non-profit corporation, that could reasonably generate donations and apply for grants, and would operate under a conventional board of directors format.
The current organization is an attempt to accommodate both of these approaches. We have a database of member skills and needs that can be connected via a Central Coordinator. We are also operating within a Board of Directors structure.