Saluda Living in Place was established in 2015 after the members of the Outreach Committee at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration read Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal. “In one’s later years, a life with meaning and a strong support system is what we all aim for.” SLIP was created to be that support system to encourage and assist our senior neighbors in maintaining meaningful lives.
In 2016, Saluda Living in Place established a Board of Directors, and in 2017, SLIP became a 501©(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization.
A study conducted 20 years ago by the American Association for Retired Persons showed that 80 percent of older Americans want to “age in place” – remain in their own homes as long as possible. By 2030, nearly one in five Americans – 71.5 million people – will be over the age of 65 and as we age, we will face increasing health challenges and less mobility. In 2015, the Outreach Committee of the Church of the Transfiguration in Saluda read Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal, and learned of a nationwide movement that was helping people stay in their homes as they age. They realized that such a program could benefit Saluda seniors, and Saluda Living in Place (SLIP) became a reality.
In 2016, SLIP established a Board of Directors, and in 2017, SLIP became a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit organization. SLIP began sponsoring social activities, educational programs and informational seminars to keep the mind and body active. Even more importantly, SLIP has been helping our friends and neighbors stay in their homes by offering transportation and home visits to keep them from feeling isolated.
Through the Polk County Community Foundation, SLIP is a member of the Village-to-Village Network, a national organization with members and organizations in every state, and the NC Center for Non-Profits. VtV was established to provide expert guidance and support to help communities establish and maintain their Villages. Many of these Villages have membership fees, but, because of our close-knit community, our board is committed to reaching out to all sectors of our community at no charge.
Saluda Living in Place is a dynamic and responsive organization that helps equip older adults in the greater Saluda community to live independent, vibrant, healthy, and active lives.