NEWS (& ARCHIVES)
From a hired
hardly visible from the highway,
but once wandered into it,
you won't want to leave.
It's like happening on
a cool pristine spring
when your canteen runs dry
or like a friendly village
after miles of wilderness.
Seldom is heard there
a disheartening word.
The people are like family.
When nobody wants you,
they will take you in.
- Dennis Johns
Vine Village's Poet Laureate
Vine Village, Inc. is a 501c(3)
non-profit organization located
in the Napa, CA Wine Country
Tax ID: 23-7296716
Not Just a Residential
But a Real Home and Life
Family-style living environment
in normal homes, with opportunities for each person to either have
their own room or share with one roommate. Each house has its own
menu and prepares its own meals
At Vine Village, we acknowledge
each individual's needs for both independence and
At Vine Village, we respect each person's individuality
Participation in any activity is based on
individual choice, not mandate. If someone wants to kick back and
not go out, this wish is accommodated.
Our staff is experienced &
caring. Residents benefit from our unusually low staff
turnover (it's a nice place to work, so good employees tend to stay)
Residential program provides assistance and supervision as
needed, but only if needed.
Our program provides a full, active,
full access to, and participation in, all the activities and
advantages of living in the greater Napa community: concerts, shopping,
library, eating out, movies, sports, recreation, etc.
dances & swim parties
barbecues at Vine Village
bocce ball courts
pets allowed (by special arrangement)
encouragement to develop crafts & individual hobbies
Annual Vacation to a
location of the residents' choosing (lately it's been Tahoe or Reno)
Each resident is encouraged to outfit and decorate their room to reflect their
Life at Vine Village is full and
active. Most people go to jobs or classes during the day. Others spend the
day at Vine Vine Village Arts or working in the Vine Village gardens. Evenings and on weekends there are lots of activities - both here
"at the ranch" as well as in town.
Bowling teams play every Saturday
Vine Village's own swimming pool is popular during the warmer months
Many residents own their own bike, and enjoy cycling
around the ranch year
Seasonally, there are a
wide range of sporting teams - swimming, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball,
bocce ball, softball - all through
Napa Valley Special Olympics.
When you're at Vine Village,
it feels like you're out in the country, and
you are: It's beautiful and quiet. Flowers bloom and birds sing. Chickens,
ducks, goats, llamas, donkeys and horses play in the fields.
It feels like Country - But "Out In The Boonies"
It's less than a mile from the Napa
city limits. Vine Village residents use the taxi, the city bus line, the
Center's "Van-Go," and Vine Village's own
staff-driven vehicles, and they are active participants in the greater
and all it has to offer.
Most of our staff have been with us
for 10 or more years, which is another reason Vine Village's residential program
provides stability and security and a feeling of belonging for our residents.
Vine Village Residential Staff:
Theresa Gonzales, Robert McQueen, Tony Tofanelli, Cyndi Weinstein, Tony Withers