BLISS: At Home In Darien
At Home In Darien is a nonprofit organization that provides services to help senior citizens live independently in Darien. More than 25 years ago, ‘Gallivant’ was created by volunteers to provide rides to seniors. In 2009, a national movement, ‘Aging In Place’, had the goal to keep seniors living at home as they age and connected to their community. This resulted in a pilot program, 'Aging In Place In Darien'. It combined in 2010 to create ‘At Home In Darien’ with the mission of helping seniors live at home. It celebrated a 10-year anniversary in 2020. Gina Blum is the Executive Director and has worked there since June 2011.
When someone in Darien turns 60, At Home In Darien sends them a birthday card and a free membership. This brings awareness to the organization and presents the opportunity to volunteer to be a visitor, shopper, and more.
During the pandemic, At Home In Darien services have changed to keep people safe. It still provides rides to medical appointments, grocery stores, and pharmacies. Everyone now has separate rides. Today, volunteers are still able to call and have conversations with seniors.
At Home In Darien coordinates with various groups in town, such as the High School & Kids Care Clubs at the elementary schools, to give children the opportunity to help others. The Girl Scouts recently made holiday ornaments and Neighborly Missions of the Darien United Methodist Church donated items. At Home In Darien also works with Darien Human Services and the Senior Program at Mather Center to create events for seniors to stay active, stay connected, and make new connections.
Darien is such a great community and is even more special because of the services that At Home In Darien provides to senior citizens so they can remain living in their homes and the community, and stay connected. Intergenerational relationships make Darien a strong community.
Donate your time and/or money to help At Home In Darien and the community’s senior citizens. Visit athomeindarien.org for more information.