October 11, 2017 – VASHON ISLAND, Wash. – Today, Vashon Island Community Care (VCC) became the latest senior living organization to affiliate with the Bellevue-based not-for-profit, Transforming Age. Under the affiliation, VCC will retain its separate 501 (C) (3) status and continue to operate with the support of the Foundation and under the governance of the Transforming Age board.
For nearly 90 years, VCC has been an integral member of the tight-knit Vashon Island community, which has helped sustain the organization through volunteerism and generous financial support.
“We are thrilled to join forces with Transforming Age at this stage in our community’s development,” noted Verna Everitt, Executive Director of the VCC Foundation and long-time resident of Vashon Island. “It’s not every day that we can align our unique island values and shared mission with a not-for-profit that is invested in our future, our community, and our collective impact.”
In addition to its legacy on the island, VCC is recognized for its collaboration with other like-minded organizations on Vashon and is proud to serve families from diverse economic backgrounds. As the population continues to age, both on Vashon Island and throughout the region and the nation, not-for-profit communities like VCC are finding ways to bring on new services, grow capacity, and increase impact. The affiliation with Transforming Age allows both organizations to expand their collective impact while providing VCC with access to new expertise and potential resources.
“As a mission-driven not-for-profit in a growing industry that has seen extensive consolidation across the nation, we see our future in terms of growing our impact through partnerships with like-minded organizations that share our vision to improve the lives of older adults and help more people live independently,” said Torsten Hirche, CEO of Transforming Age. “Together we really are stronger.”
News of the affiliation was shared with residents and families at VCC on October 10 and will be made official on December 1, 2017.
About Vashon Community Care
Vashon Community Care has roots dating back to 1928 when Goodwill Industries purchased the Ellsworth Ranch and established a working farm and boarding house for destitute men from “Skid Road” in Seattle. Today, VCC is home to 80 residents and is one of Vashon Island’s largest employers with a staff of 82. The community includes 39 assisted living apartments and 30 skilled nursing beds. VCC proudly remains an active and vibrant member of the Vashon Island community.
About Transforming Age
Transforming Age is a leading not-for-profit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults through community housing and services, technology development, research and advocacy. Founded in 1956, the organization operates 12 communities in the Seattle, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Minneapolis metropolitan areas. In addition, it runs an online advocacy forum to combat ageism and its affiliated partner, GSI Research & Consulting, provides market research, consulting, development and management services for the industry. The Transforming Age Foundation provides support for the organization through a variety of philanthropic programs aimed at improving the lives of older adults and society as a whole.