Michele Fiasca has always had a special place in her heart for the underdog. Born with cataracts herself, she grew to become very sensitive to the needs of others. Rather than allowing anger to take over after a youth full of making adjustments, overcoming visual challenges, and enduring endless teasing from classmates for her “coke bottle glasses,” Michele developed a sensitive nature with compassion for those engaged in any kind of struggle.
It’s no secret that today’s population of boomers and seniors are facing some unique challenges. Here at Better, Smarter, Richer, we talk a lot about the challenges (and exciting opportunities!) of deciding to reinvent your career at 50+. But as the economy undergoes one transformation after another, pensions dwindle, and Social Security seems in danger of disappearing altogether, housing can be an especially difficult challenge, both as we take care of older relatives…AND as we contemplate our own later years.
And that’s where Michelle’s brainchild comes in: meet Let’s Share Housing.
For the past 16+ years, Michelle has devoted her time and energy to seniors, first in service as an Adult Care Home Provider and then by founding the Adult Placement Network, where she has been doing Placement and Referral in the Portland Metropolitan area since 1997. In this capacity Michele assists adult children find the most appropriate care setting for their aging parents through a supportive no cost placement process.
Fast forward to 2009: after serving hundreds of families with Adult Placement Network, Michele’s passion for those who could not afford the typical Independent and Retirement communities available today led her to the vision of Let’s Share Housing. Why not pool resources and find like-minded individuals to share a home? Not only does it allow for an affordable and eco-friendly lifestyle, it also offers companionship and community. It just makes sense.
You’ll be able to stream or download Michele’s conversation with Jackie on Wednesday afternoon, and can listen any time after that as well. Remember, the BSR Broadcasts (Jackie’s weekly show on Solo Pro Radio) are now available for listening right on the Better, Smarter, Richer website!