About Golden Girls Network
WHAT IS GOLDEN GIRLS NETWORK?
A true network is a group of people who have a common interest and compatible goals. Our network is a group of single mature women and men who love the idea of shared living with others and who are looking for an economical lifestyle by forming senior communities together. The organization, Golden Girls Network, is a nationwide electronic database that provides an opportunity for these adults to connect with compatible housemates. We promote shared housing for seniors in three areas:
- A group that shares and manages equally, either through shared ownership or equally sharing a lease;
- A landlord/tenant arrangement where one person owns the home and others are roommates;
- A homeowner and a home companion, where one person provides some household assistance and companionship for an older adult.
We do not do the matching for you, but we provide an opportunity for you to find other like-minded individuals who are also searching for an affordable friendly place to live through senior home sharing. Our database went “live” in June 2014, and we are in the process of building a substantial network of adults interested in senior shared housing.
We invite you to join our network and to spread the word about the joys and benefits of senior community living with other like-minded individuals.
In each state, we are developing networks of other single mature adults who are living in shared housing, or who are interested in this lifestyle. In some states, there is one statewide affiliate, in other states, there are several groups based on population and geography. As we grow, we will develop a web page showing these contacts, and you will be able to connect with your regional affiliate and participate in local networking activities. These activities may range from a monthly get-together for dinner and conversation to a 4th of July picnic or Thanksgiving dinner!
These networks are being managed by a Regional Affiliate. The regional affiliate is a local organization that supports and promotes the idea of shared housing for seniors. In some areas, it is an existing organization. In other regions, we are developing a new organization. There are opportunities for paid or volunteer positions in some of these groups. If this is something that interests you, please email us or contact your local affiliate.
The Regional Affiliate is responsible for spreading the word about the benefits of shared living and the Golden Girls Network. These dedicated individuals make presentations to women’s networking groups about our services. They join other professional organizations working with adults who want to “downsize” or “age in place.” They make presentations at local senior centers and answer questions about our programs. There are people in these affiliate groups who present workshops and informal question-and-answer sessions. If you have a group that would be interested in hearing more about our program, please let us know.
THE HOME COMPANION PROGRAM
We have a program for older adults called the Home Companion program, where we assist them in finding a suitable live-in companion who will assist with household chores. We provide supervision for this program and help the participant navigate the database and select potential candidates. In this program, we participate in the interview process, but we do not make the final selection.
Our home office is in Bowie, Maryland, where our founder, Bonnie Moore, lives in the first Golden Girls Network home. The idea for Golden Girls Network developed as a result of her personal experiences. After extensive remodeling to her home, she and her husband split up, and she was left with a beautiful home and a mortgage that she could not afford. On top of that, the 2008 recession hit and she lost equity and didn’t even try to sell. She started looking for roommates, and found friends. Then, people started asking her what it was like to live with a bunch of women, and she found herself in business helping others to start their own Golden Girls Homes.
Ms. Moore has been featured in a number of national media outlets, retirement magazines, and has also been filmed by a French TV crew. She was recently featured in an article in the Washington Post. She presented at the American Society of Aging national conference March 2013 and is scheduled for 2014. Periodically, she is a guest speaker at conferences and workshops addressing women’s issues.