My husband Jay and I read an article about Villages NW about 2 ½ years ago and the concept really appealed to us. I then had the opportunity to visit my mother-in-law in New Mexico in what is called a Naturally Occurring Retirement community. Neighbors helping neighbors, each independent in their own place within the mobile home park, but always available to assist anyone who might need help. Villages is based on the same concept. As a volunteer with Villages Clark County for nearly 3 years it has been a long haul. Laborious at times but, with the opening looming near in 2018 it has been worth it. It has been my privilege to help the planning committee raise awareness of Villages concept and put many pieces in place so Villages Clark County can begin serving in our community and making it possible for our friends and neighbors and ourselves, to live independently for as long as possible.