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it takes an organized village

“It takes an organized Village to bring us together in our modern world. Older adults want to remain in their homes and to be engaged and useful in their communities. Younger adults are raising families in a hectic world and need support. Children benefit from connecting with all ages. When we help each other, everyone benefits.”
— Susan Newhouse
    Baltimore Fishbowl
    May 9, 2011

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Executive Director: Susan M. Newhouse

Susan M. Newhouse, LCSW-C, is our Executive Director and has served pro bono since the Village was founded in 2011.

She has lived in Roland Park for 30 years. Susan graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and received her Masters in Social Work from New York University. She is a clinical social worker. Until 2011, she taught in the gerontology department at Towson University. She has worked as a social worker in hospice and at John Hopkins in a dementia clinic providing family support. She currently owns her own geriatric care management agency. As a volunteer, she spearheaded the community drive to renovate and expand the Roland Park Library, serving as Treasurer of the Roland Park Library Initiative.

In 2006, Susan was inspired by the New York Times article, Aging at Home: For a Lucky Few, a Wish Come True. In reading about Beacon Hill Village, an innovative program in Boston designed to help people age at home, Susan describes an “Aha” moment, where she thought, “This is the way I want to grow old.” She began to dream of a similar Village for North Baltimore. A group of like-minded community members gathered for the first time in 2008 to discuss starting Village At Home in North Baltimore.

Associate Director: Caroline McKeldin Wayner

Caroline Wayner joined the Village as a volunteer in 2014 and became the first paid staff member in 2016. A native of North Baltimore, she graduated from Roland Park Country School in 1984 and Dartmouth College in 1988. She has worked in media production and education in Baltimore, Tokyo, New York and San Francisco, but came home to Baltimore to start a family in 1998. She received her Certificate on Aging from Hopkins in 2014 and runs workshops on positive aging. She's also a bereavement volunteer at Gilchrist Hospice.

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