Frequently Asked Questions

What is Our Shoreline Community Association (OSCA)?

It is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping seniors in the Noank Mystic area stay in their homes as long as they wish to do so.

What is its mission?

To enhance the lives of seniors by providing the support and security of a retirement community in their own homes. It seeks to create a retirement commuity without walls.

How does it support itself?

Our Shoreline Community Association will support itself on annual fee of $365 for each family or single person involved. OSCA will also provide reduced cost memberships for low-income families or individuals. The Association has received start up donations from the Noank Baptist Church, Charles B. Allyn Foundation, Anderson-Paffard Foundation, St. Patrick Church - Community Life, Mystic, Mystic Rotary, Mystic Lions and numerous local individuals.

Does it have a staff?

OSCA has retained a part-time Coordinator, Stephanie Panagos, who will organize activities and help seniors access the services they need. To the extent possible and to hold down costs, members themselves will become involved in providing volunteer services and organizing social activities.

How is OSCA organized?

A Board of Directors, including Tim Bates, Bob Leeney, Sam Crowley, Don Farrington, Nancy Codeanne, Joan Butler, Tom Jennerwein and Bob McKenna heads OSCA. The Board has comenced operations under sponsorship of the Noank Baptist Church and, once launched, will create an independent non-profit membership organization. When that organization is established, the Board will be elected by the membership.

Are payments to OSCA deductible?

Annual membership dues are not deductible, but contributions to the Association for start-up costs ad to help underwrite reduced membership fees are deductible.

What services will Our Shoreline Community Association provide?

OSCA, with 24 hours notice, will provide transportation of members to medical appointments. It will also give each member a booklet listing local services that will help them live at home—whether dog walkers, repairmen, lawn mowers, attorneys who practive elderlaw, home care helpers, etc. For those members who wish, OSCA will contact them weekly to make sure they are doing well. And OSCA will have a series of social activities for members.

How does OSCA differ from other senior services?

OSCA is not so much as service organization, as it is a membership organization, which helps its members identify and access those services they need. It will conect its members to the appropriate service providers in the area. At the same time, it will create a series of social activities for its members.

What sort of social activities will OSCA provide?

That will be up to its members. Once formed, OSCA will survey its members as to what activities they want and then will work to establish those activities, whether bridge, golf, yoga, gardening, museum visits, etc.