Phil Richards was recognized at Stay at Home in Wilton’s seventh anniversary party on May 5 as a man with a vision by the organization’s president, Dr. Peter Dodds. Richards is one of the founding members who started a “village” in Wilton, part of a network called the “Village Movement,” which began in Beacon Hill, a small section of Boston, more than 15 years ago. Today, there are more than 350 villages similar to Stay at Home in Wilton actively operating or in development across the country.
Stay at Home in Wilton offers something for everyone. Whether you’re newly retired, or have a desire to connect with others with similar interests, Stay at Home offers opportunities to connect and give back to the town. It’s a community within a community, a caring organization run by a dedicated group of neighbors who want to help neighbors. With more than 50 vetted volunteers providing services for nearly 100 members, members and their families take comfort knowing help is only a phone call away. Volunteers provide rides and friendly visits, run errands, solve computer problems, move furniture, change lightbulbs, and do whatever is needed. Members enjoy the sense of community and engage in many cultural, educational and social activities that are offered throughout the year.