The Treehouse Community in Easthampton is one of several multi-generational communities recognized by Newsweek Magazine as a way to create communities where foster families and older adults live together, helping each other.
Elders give their time and experience to neighbors, baby-sitting or teaching or cooking or meeting children at the bus stop; the experience helps them create meaningful relationships and develop a sense of purpose. In return, young people get the closeness and wisdom of surrogate grandparents. They grow up surrounded by a network of compassionate adults. The neighborhood is designed to make sure all the residents are actively and emotionally invested in each other.