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12.29.22 | Community

2022: A Year in Review

2022 was a year of growth for Sage Collective as we continued evolving and celebrating exciting milestones. Today, we’re reflecting on the past year and sharing our proudest achievements:

Vibrant Learning Program

Throughout 2022, we were able to continue strengthening our close relationship with Chicago Commons, another long-standing trailblazer for change in the community. Building upon our past work, we excitedly launched our Vibrant Learning Program with Chicago Commons Adult Day Services in late February, which continues to be a resounding success. 

For the past eight months, our team has had the privilege to get to know program participants and help grow their understanding of everything from new technology to different cultures. Learning themes touched on traditions, storytelling, family connection and freedom, and engaging activities included armchair travel and digital painting. 

Expanding Our Team

Along with the launch of our programming, we warmly welcomed new team members throughout the year. Leading the Vibrant Living Program, DeShunn Bray brought with her an impressive passion for forming rich connections with others and making a significant impact on the communities in which she interacts as our Manager of Programming and Community Engagement. Her amazing energy is something both our team and the participants in our Vibrant Living Program cherish. 

We also welcomed Camille Love as one of our newest Board Members. The transition of long-time member Angela Higginbotham from our Board created such an opportunity for Camille and added to the related expertise of Sage Collective as it pursues ways of encouraging the adoption of healthier lifestyle choices among older adults in underserved communities. 

We can’t wait to continue sharing this journey with you and see what 2023 brings!

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12.30.20 | News

2020: A Year in Review

2020 has been a tumultuous year for the world to say the least. But amidst everything, we’ve been hard at work bringing our vision for Sage Collective to life. This year has been one full of successes and exciting milestones for our organization. So today, we’re taking a look back at the year and sharing our proudest moments:

Launched our website and blog

Sage Collective officially came out to the world with the launch of our brand new website in May. Through the website, we share with our audience who we are, what our story is and what we’re here to do. We’ll also be providing timely updates on Sage Collective programming and residences as each initiative progresses. 

The Sage Collective website is also home to our blog, Sage Advice, where we share engaging and enriching original content. Blog topics run the gamut from health + wellness advice to cultural insights for living a more vibrant life. We’ve also interviewed many members from our excellent team, who dispel industry-expert insights into topic s such as advice for older adult caretakers and ways to overcome the challenges of COVID-19.

Kicked off social media

To more directly engage with our community, Sage Collective kicked off its social media identity in the fall. Through our profiles on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we post twice a week to share insights from the Sage Advice blog alongside other updates on our organization’s projects. There, we’re continuing to build online relationships with other industry leaders, health + wellness institutions, cultural organizations and community stakeholders + members in order to create real, collective impact. 

Acquired our first properties

In the beginning of the year, we were thrilled to purchase our first two properties: 4108 South King Drive and 4112 South King Drive in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. These beautiful and historic side-by-side buildings  will become the first manifestation of our vision for vibrant and affordable housing for older adults. Construction on these projects is slated to begin in early 2021; stay tuned for more updates coming soon.

Continued strengthening our team + vision

We wouldn’t be where we are today without our amazing team. The Sage Collective Board of Directors and Leadership Team regularly convened throughout 2020 to further align our vision and upcoming project plans. Together, we bring a collective wealth of knowledge about older adults, senior housing, health + wellness and more to create forward-thinking, innovative strategies for older adult programming, residences and lifestyles. 

The successes of this year are just the beginning. We can’t wait to continue learning, growing and doing in 2021 and beyond — and sharing the journey with you.

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