Taos elders host workshop


Taos Elders and Neighbors Together is hosting a free program entitled "Neighboring Success" at the Common House at Valverde Commons in Taos on Tuesday, (Nov. 28), at 2 p.m.

Speakers for the program will be Steven Oakey and Jamie Douglass, who are active members and supporters of Santa Fe Neighbors, an organization launched in February 2017 and focused on neighbors helping neighbors age independently at home and with the support of their "village." Oakey and Douglass will talk about the history of their village, lessons learned from their start-up activities, personal and inspiring stories about their efforts and what they're doing right now to further their village's goals.

Oakey worked in various companies for years, among them Digital Equipment Corp., GE Capital and Philips Medical Systems. In addition to his sales, marketing and management responsibilities over the years, Oakey sang professionally with the San Francisco and Seattle Opera companies and helped in various volunteer organizations, primarily supporting HIV/AIDS patients. Since moving to Santa Fe in 2012, he has volunteered with various theater organizations.

After a career in investment banking in Chicago, Douglass worked for the Green Chicago Program and managed 45 inner-city gardens. When she moved to Denver, she worked for several nonprofit organizations, including a micro-economic project benefiting the homeless and an on-site school garden program for underserved elementary through high school students. After moving to Santa Fe in 2007, Douglass started Mad Potter Container Gardens and volunteers with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center.

This program is one of TENT's series of bi-monthly educational programs of interest to elders. TENT is a community of elders and neighbors supporting one another. It's mission is to connect elders to resources needed to maintain comfortable, dignified, vibrant lives in their homes and community by providing appropriate services, activities and programs that will further this purpose. For more information on TENT or any of its programs, contact Jim Ludden at (206) 200-1174 or visit TENT's website at taoselders.org.