Begun five years ago as an organization offering Wilton seniors that “little something extra” to help them remain active and live independently as long as possible, Stay at Home in Wilton has grown into a community of members, volunteers and supporters who enjoy living life together.
Stay at Home celebrated its fifth anniversary with a celebration at Ambler Farm on May 15, that included an evening of hors d’oeuvres, beverages, anniversary cake, giveaways and live music.
Stay at Home in Wilton is part of a nationwide movement benefiting a new generation of seniors over 65 who want to take care of themselves and each other.
Member Giedra Troncone described it as “an association where you can give but also receive.”
For Helen Shortell it has “served as a lifeline and gives my family peace of mind knowing I have rides to my physical therapy appointments. The drivers couldn’t be more courteous; they go above and beyond.”
Among those at the celebration were Stay at Home founding member, former president and current chairman Phil Richards and Barbara Quincy, current president.
She recognized the valuable contributions of the many volunteers — drivers, handymen and “techies” — by saying, “Wilton is really lucky to have this dedicated group.” She also recognized coordinators Janet Johnson and Debbie McClelland and thanked all the donors for their generous support through the years.
Stay at Home also thanked in-kind donors Bankwell, Staples, Wilton Congregational Church, WEPCO, Wilton Library, Wilton Parks & Recreation, Wilton Senior Center, Wilton Family Y, and the Village Market.
Stay at Home makes a difference in the lives of many Wilton seniors and their adult children, by offering services that range from a ride to the doctor or store or assistance with a household task.
Living in an area such as this, seniors can easily become isolated. To that end, the organization also holds social events, giving members a chance to get out and enjoy one another’s company.
For further information on Stay at Home in Wilton, call Janet Johnson, executive coordinator, at 203-762-2600 or visit stayathomeinwilton.org.