Hope & A Future
Karin is the Executive Director and Founder of the Hope & A Future neighborhood vision. Karin graduated from UW School of Nursing in 1979. She has worked as a staff nurse and supervisor in a broad range of settings, as a utilization review and independent consultant, continuing education provider for nurses and nursing home administrators in Minnesota, self-employed private duty nurse, small business owner of Intergenerational House LLC, an adult family home. She currently works as the director of Hope & A Future Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin. While developing the business plan and support for Hope & A Future, Karin ran Intergenerational House out of her private residence for 12 years. Karin's AFH was the pilot for long term support for frail seniors in need of fiscal assistance in the state of Wisconsin.
Karin is also a CNA instructor. She has been pursuing her vision of a Therepeutic Interactive Intergenerational Neighborhood (TIIN) since 2003. Her interest in geriatrics and experience supervising single parents trying to stay in the workforce led her to the idea of an intergenerational community. She is dedicated to the idea that interactive support for struggling young families and seniors can be of mutual benefit. Karin has considered background in program development in a variety of educational and health care settings as well as multigenerational programs she has run in her home -- using music, arts and crafts, photography, cooking, baking, and gardening. Karin believes that, "If we continue to see our senior population as a burden, we will miss the resource that they are".