Partnering with the Community

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Guiding Principle # 1

Forming partnerships is central to the function and operation of a NORC program.

The core partners of a NORC program are typically social service and health care providers, a housing entity or neighborhood organization, and senior residents themselves. Usually, one of those partners is designated as the lead agency, with overall fiscal, managerial, and programmatic responsibilities. Seniors are involved as leaders and key informants, grounding the NORC program in the life of the community.

Working together, partners can develop strategies, learn, revise their approach, and try again. Along the way, they help to generate creative ideas, solve problems, and provide mutual support. Their contributions of financial resources, time, energy, skills, expertise, in-kind services, and community connections are essential to a NORC program.

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