Our Services

Stay At Home In Wilton members have access to transportation, friendly visitors, vendor services, educational seminars, and a wide array of social events.

More and more frequently, America’s senior citizens are choosing to remain in their homes and communities as they grow older.

Stay at Home in Wilton offers seniors supportive services and resources, along with social and educational programs that unite its members as a community and enhance their efforts to remain independent, active and connected. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay at Home in Wilton: Providing more than just rides for our seniors

On average, 600,000 older adults stop driving each year. Lack of transportation for these seniors makes it harder to schedule doctor’s appointments, shop for groceries, visit family and friends, and attend religious and social events. Without these connections, seniors can become isolated, which can negatively affect their health and well-being. Since family and friends cannot always be there to help, for over twelve years Stay at Home in Wilton has provided this important benefit to its members.  

As the demand for rides increased due to a 10% increase in membership in 2022, along with a need to expand the number of volunteer drivers, Stay at Home in Wilton looked at how they could make scheduling rides easier for both members and volunteer drivers. In August, the organization went live with Assisted Rides, an online scheduling tool which helps automate the process. Once members call in requests, instead of launching endless phone calls, emails, and text messages to match rides with volunteer drivers, volunteer drivers simply log in to the program to view several weeks of scheduled rides, and can then pick the ones that work best with their schedules. Once a ride is selected, they then call the member to confirm the details.   

While the town offers transportation through Dial-a-Ride, the services provided by Stay at Home in Wilton pick up where the town leaves off by offering more of a concierge service so drivers only take one passenger at a time and stay with them for the duration of their appointments or activity, after which they drive them home. In addition, the hours and scope of the service is broader.

But this service provides more than just convenience. Drivers and members form a special bond that is mutually beneficial. One of Stay at Home in Wilton’s newest drivers, Robin Lynch, says it best: “Driving for Stay at Home in Wilton has been incredibly gratifying in many ways. The Assisted Rides website makes it simple to choose a ride that fits my schedule.” She continues, “My passengers are always grateful and friendly, and the conversation flows. I may only drive two trips a week, but the rewards of meeting new people far outweigh the time spent driving.”

Philomena Molnar, a frequent passenger added, “Stay at Home in Wilton is such a wonderful organization, and I am so grateful that, when I call for a ride, someone is always there on time and willing to help me.”

Over 25% of the total membership utilizes the organization’s transportation program, and since August, 267 rides have been scheduled through Assisted Rides, with volunteers driving 2,200 miles over a period of 221 hours. Since the program was introduced, Stay at Home in Wilton has added a dozen new volunteer drivers to the program. “But that is not enough,” says Lisa Roman, Stay at Home in Wilton’s Vice President. “We definitely need more drivers as requests increase, especially during the busy holiday season and as more of our members are now back to their regular schedule of doctor’s appointments and social activities as Coronavirus-related restrictions ease.”

For more information on how to become a volunteer driver, or to help support all the important Stay at Home in Wilton programs during their ongoing donor campaign, please visit www.stayathomeinwilton.org or call 203-762-2600 for more information. Your generosity helps support a vibrant senior community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAY AT HOME IN WILTON CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY… FINALLY

After a year’s wait and several postponements, Stay at Home in Wilton celebrated their 10th anniversary on June 13th with 100 members, volunteers and special friends in attendance at the Shore and Country Club.  

It was clear everyone was excited to connect with friends they hadn’t seen in over a year by the energy in the room and the laughter and smiles shared by all. 

Sally Kirmser Maraventano, President of Stay at Home in Wilton kicked off the presentation with the following remarks, “Having to delay the gala was disappointing to say the least, but Wilton’s seniors are resilient, positive, and cheerful.”  It was also observed by one member that Stay at Home in Wilton is really about connections and it was evident that reconnecting with friends was the spark that ignited the evening. 

To commemorate the hard work and devotion to the organization by founders, Phil and Anne Richards, original board members, Ann Newton and Dick King presented the couple with a special citation from First Selectwoman, Lynne A. Vanderslice.   It stated, “ On behalf of the Town of Wilton, we honor you for your outstanding commitment to the Wilton Community.”   When asked if he ever imagined a celebration like this 10 years ago?, Phil Richards responded, “Not in a million years!”

Doug Jones, keynote speaker and one of the original 10 members of Stay at Home in Wilton reflected on living in Wilton for over 62 years, the first meeting at Trackside,  and the importance the organization held as a haven for him and his beloved wife Betty.

Over the course of the evening, special recognition was given to 10 of the original founding members.  They were toasted for their vision, drive and ambition for putting Stay at Home in Wilton on the map. 

Stay at Home in Wilton looks forward to the next 10 years of serving the seniors in Wilton. 

To view all the pictures from this special event visit: https://deborahobrien.shootproof.com/gallery/StayAtHomeWilton

From here, you can download/purchase prints to keep these special memories alive.  If you use the Promo Code, “10thAnniversary” when you check out, you will receive a 20% discount on your whole order. 

If you want to view the slideshow featured during the evening, click here: Slideshow

Join Us!

Become A Member

Membership dues are $360 for a single and $480 for a couple. The support of our generous donors allows us to keep our dues low.

Be A Volunteer

Volunteers provide friendly visits, handyman repairs, household help and transportation.

Donate

Over 100 local businesses and individuals support us! All donations are tax deductible.

Join Us!

Become A Member

Membership dues are $360 for a single and $480 for a couple. The support of our generous donors allows us to keep our dues low.

Be A Volunteer

Volunteers provide friendly visits, handyman repairs, household help and transportation.

Donate

Over 100 local businesses and individuals support us! All donations are tax deductible.

Upcoming Events

 

SAHW designates events sponsored by Stay at Home in Wilton

“Stay at Home is the best thing that has happened to seniors in Wilton.” -Doug Jones

“Meeting and interacting with our members has enriched my life.” - Dick King

“I’ve become an authority on comfortable cars and great drivers; sometimes we forget where we’re going because we are having so much fun.” -Gordon Nugent

“The one-on-one technology is most helpful; it gives us specific answers to our questions.” - Giedra Troncone

“I like the ease of getting names of vendors who have been prescreened for reliability and honesty.” - Kay Chann

Contact Information

Stay at Home in Wilton, Inc.
P.O. Box 46
Wilton, CT 06897-0046
203-762-2600
[email protected]

Support Us

We are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. For pennies a day, members have access to resources, services and events – all included in the low membership fee.