Formed: 1999 Established: 2006
This page last updated:9/18/2012
ElderSpirit Community at Trailview
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ElderSpirit Community at Trailview is a cohousing community for mixed income elders (55 and over) located on 3.7 acres alongside the Virginia Creeper Trail in Abingdon, Virginia. Its distinctive characteristics are mutual support through the aging process and late-life spirituality. Members believe that spiritual growth is the primary work of those in the later stages of life. Agreeing that freedom of religion is fundamental, they encourage one another in the search for meaning and commitment to a spiritual path. Through face-to-face relationships, they offer and receive support, express their needs and convictions, listen carefully to each other, and strive to act responsibly, considering their good and the good of the other.
Thirteen of the cluster houses belong to owners; sixteen homes are for renters, who must qualify as moderate- to low-income people. The Spirit Center is a special place for prayer, meditation, and celebrations.
Every resident is requested to serve on at least one committee. Monthly meetings are run by consensus. We welcome visitors who might meet our requirements. Please call or write to arrange a visit. An ElderSpirit extension project for people around the country who have similar goals and who want to build communities where they live is coordinated by Monica Appleby. You can also reach her at the above number.
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This page last updated:9/18/2012
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Visitor Process: Call 276-619-5544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community fits the legal definition of "housing for older persons" * and thus we may restrict membership/residency to those of a certain age and may have limits on child membership/residency in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
Open to new members:
(2 homes for rent,)
Leadership Core Group:
(Officers act as Executive Committee)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Monthly fee for maintenance)
Land and Buildings
3.7 acres (1.5 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Another form of Non-profit
(ElderSpirit Development Corporation)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Small common garden)
Share Community Meals:
(We eat together twice a week)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
(No school-aged children)
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Current editor(s): mappleby
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