Barbecue Party Celebration!

Thanks to our Great Board of Directors for cooking up another wonderful gathering!

And many thanks to Martin for grilling and for Tito, our “House Band.” (you guys are excellent!) 

Also, appreciation to Marcia for taking some photos.

Not only was this a lively annual event, but we enjoyed welcoming our newest residents:  Penny and Margaret Ann!

What a fun time we had!

At the Doorway. . .

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We’re happy to say that MARGARET ANN and PENNY are entering Tam Two this month as brand new residents of the Tam Family. We hope everyone gets a chance to shake their hand or share a hug when you see them.  

We will ALL have a great opportunity to greet them at the SUMMER BBQ on JUNE 3!

(and, yes, Ben and His Band will be Back!)

As we say hello to new friends and goodbye to old friends, we certainly wish MARDA and GENE very well in their journeys forward!

You may like to read the latest reflections on Managing the Household:

“Welcoming New Residents”

Something to Celebrate

At Tam House, we have a lot to be grateful for, and a lot to celebrate.

This year marks our 35th Year opening our doors for independent seniors!

Amazing as it sounds, our Model for What Works in Elder Living is still “new” to many people.

That’s one reason we like to get the word out about the Tam Houses.  Not only to attract new residents, not only to gain supporters, but to pass along the Real Good News of affordable, meaningful Senior Living.

Who knows, maybe one day there will be Tam-like homes all over the country!

Thank you for celebrating with us!

35th Anniversary Celebration Poster

{Submitted to the North Bay Chambers of Commerce}

Not Simply a Change of Address

Tam-Erma

We’ve asked some family members of former Tam residents to say a few words about their experience.

Thank you to Kira and David for responding with such meaningful words and memories of Erma!

It wasn’t simply a change of address. For my strong, independent mother in law Erma Swaim, a move from the house she lived in for 50+ years and the thought of leaving the town where she raised her only son held significance that I still don’t fully claim to understand.

With the smiles and unconditional love of her two grandbabies waiting for her in San Anselmo, she begrudgingly heeded our advice and packed up her belongings to live with us. With our house set up on a hill and the busy lives we led, she felt isolated and homesick. We knew that moving her into our house was too big of a leap for her. She needed her own space. Her own community. A place that she could call her new home. But she also could no longer live alone.

The Tam House was the refuge we had all been seeking. A place to gather with elders of her age, to share the daily communal meal, to swap stories and spend hours in the garden talking about back home. Solitude after an exhausting yet fun filled day with her granddaughters. A place that she could still feel like Erma and not simply a new, added responsibility to her son and his family. It gave her the independence she needed and gave us the dependence and sense of peace we needed.

Years passed and Erma began to call the Tam House home. She had found a place where she could care for others and they her. We don’t know what we would have done if we hadn’t found the Tam House. Her true home will always be the town she came from but I’m sure she relishes in the memories of the Tam House and swaps a story or two while looking down on us from above.

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{We welcome your story of what Tam House means to You}