Our Rural "Village"
In April of 2015, about 90 concerned Rappahannock residents gathered at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville in Rappahannock County, Virginia, to hear how groups of neighbors in other, more urban areas had formed virtual “senior villages”. Speakers from established villages explained that these virtual senior villages offer lifelines to aging populations who need and desire support services and opportunities to engage and remain in the community.
As a result of the Sperryville meeting, and with the efforts of dedicated volunteers, Rapp at Home was formed. It has since grown to an organization of about two hundred supporting friends. A Rapp at Home friend is anyone who has registered to log in to our web site. While you do not need to register to receive services we encourage people to become friends so we can more easily keep in contact with you.
Most senior villages have been set up in urban areas, Rapp at Home is a pioneer in creating a senior village in a rural setting. We believe our efforts to promote a strong, independent, and active senior population benefits the entire community.
Our goal is to allow our residents the opportunity to stay active, socially engaged and able to live comfortably in their homes. We link residents to needed services and offer stimulating and interesting social and fitness activities.
What We Do and Offer
In Rappahannock County there is a special way of life. By providing neighbor-to-neighbor assistance that helps us sustain our independent lifestyle Rapp at Home helps us continue to enjoy this unique place we call home.
Rapp at Home provides services that help seniors to stay socially connected and to live with confidence in their homes. The services and activities we offer can range from opportunities for staying involved with friends and neighbors, to receiving help with transportation, to assisting with tasks around the house or yard, to picking up groceries and prescriptions.
Rapp at Home attracts volunteers, including people registered on our web site and others in the community who have the time and inclination to help those in need. There is no requirement for our registered Rapp at Home friends to volunteer, but many web site friends do enjoy the opportunity to help neighbors - and then feel at ease asking for help when they're the ones who need it.
As a volunteer-driven organization, we encourage all friends to be involved as they are able. We also welcome anyone who wishes to help seniors in their community.