Intergenerational Shared Sites Programs (page 2)

— Generations United
Updated on Nov 12, 2009

Program Examples

Intergenerational shared sites have been established in communities throughout the country. Most intergenerational shared sites serve participants that are under the age of 12 and those over the age of 50. There are also programs that serve middle school, high school and even college-age youth and young adults. The facilities are designed for age appropriate activities with specific goals. The following programs vary in facility structure and composition.

Children's Family Center and Messiah Village Retirement Community - Mechanicsburg, PA

  • Childcare and educational facility for children six weeks through six years of age that is located on the campus of a
    continuing care retirement community.
  • The program builds on-going, intimate, mutually beneficial relationships between the young and old.
  • The children and teachers participate in between 60 to 100 activities a month with residents and a group of the
    residents volunteer as “Grandbears;” they participate in regularly scheduled activities with the children in the classroom,
    go on field trips, and help with swimming and crafts.
  • For additional information, please contact Christine Noll at (717) 697-5126, or visit

Easter Seals Miami-Dade - Miami, FL

  • Adult Day Care clients interact with children from the Child Development Center and students from the Demonstration
    School and Culinary Arts Program. The program primarily serves Miami’s Spanish-speaking community.
  • The agency wide team meets regularly to develop a comprehensive monthly intergenerational calendar and
    programming curriculum.
  • In additional to local efforts, the program benefits from tools and resources provided by the national office.
  • For additional information, contact Angela Aracena at (305) 325-0470, or visit; for national
    information contact Jed Johnson at (202) 347-3066, or visit

Fellows - Oahu, HI

  • Hawaii Intergenerational Network (HIN) sponsored program trains volunteer older adults to tutor, mentor, raise funds, work in the classroom, and provide after-school care.
  • A senior center (shared space) is required on all campuses and encourages additional informal and spontaneous
    intergenerational exchange.
  • The program model is being developed in twenty-two schools throughout Hawaii.
  • For additional information, please contact Mae Mendelson at (808) 220-8686, or visit

Generations of Hope - Rantoul, IL

  • Hope Meadows, a small-town residential neighborhood, accommodates foster/adopted children, adoptive parents, and
    surrogate grandparents that live together in family homes and apartments and develop supportive relationships.
  • The Intergenerational Center (IGC) houses a children’s library, a computer room, a space for tutoring, a kitchen, and a large multi-purpose space.
  • The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois is home to the Generations of Hope Research and Policy Program, which has helped produce a range of projects and materials of interest to practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers.
  • For additional information, please contact Carolyn Casteel, Program Coordinator at (217) 893-4673, contact@ or visit

Grandma's House - Orlando, FL

  • The community orientated intergenerational housing facility cares for seniors in need of long term care and children with  rehabilitative and chronic needs. The facility houses 24 adult and 36 pediatric residents.
  • The home follows the Eden philosophy of creating an environment filled with plants, animals, along with children to
    combat loneliness and isolation in long term care.
  • For additional information, contact Julie Cole at (407) 843-3230, ext. 113 or Rebecca Perrine at (407) 383-8121 or visit

Mt. Kisco Intergenerational Community - Mt. Kisco, NY

  • A collaboration of two, private, not for profit agencies, Family Services of Westchester and Mt. Kisco Day Care Center, are located in a specially constructed building with a home-like design on the interior and exterior.
  • The Intergenerational Program Coordinator supervises and trains Child & Adult Care staff; intergenerational activities occur daily, and monthly special events involve parents and caregivers.
  •  Edible Education Program teaches “farm to table” choices that foster nutrition using intergenerational gardening and
    cooking lessons.
  • For additional information, contact Dawn Meyerski, Director, MKDCC, at (914) 241-0770, or visit or contact Lois Pellegrino, Director, My Second Home (FSW) at (914) 241-0770, or visit
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