History of TENT
Bill Waugh, Anna Mae Patterson, Jim Schultz, Pat Habicht, and Bette Myerson met to discuss starting an elder support organization in the spring of 2016.
Our first public meeting was in Bette's living room on July 12 of 2016. At that meeting we discussed the idea, recommended reading the book by Atul Gawande, Being Mortal, and chose a Steering Committee consisting of Patsy Scott, Jim Schultz, Marianne Furedi, Bill Waugh, Jo Swann, and Bette Myerson. Our first Steering Committee meeting was Sept 28 2016.
Bill Waugh, a long time resident of Taos Retirement Village, was looking for more immediate services and started working with the State Aging and Long-term Services Department, while others were living in the Valverde Commons intentional living community and started at looking at how to help in their immediate community and the broader Taos area. The State group came to visit Valverde Commons and held a public meeting at El Monte Sagrado.
The original name (Aging at Home in Taos County) was changed in Spring of 2017, when we incorporated and developed a marketing plan with the help of Ron Furedi. Deborah Fair facilitated our Vision and Mission statements.
We had our first Members in September 2017 and offered service to these Members in October 2017.