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Celebrating 20 Years of Guiding Virginians

At VirginiaNavigator, we believe no one should have to navigate life’s biggest challenges alone. We provide trusted guidance to Virginia’s older adults, people with disabilities, veterans, and their families and caregivers.

A simple search on the VirginiaNavigator Family of Websites returns current, accurate information on essential resources and supports — whether that’s financial or food assistance, caregiver support, in-home help, disability or veterans’ benefits, long-term care, medical specialists, etc.

We have nearly 26,000 distinct programs in our resource directory, representing more than 7,100 agencies. We work with these agencies toward a common goal: improving the health, wellbeing, and quality of life of all Virginians.

VirginiaNavigator’s Origins

Before Senator Mark Warner was elected Governor of Virginia in 2001, he received devastating news: His mother Marjorie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Sen. Warner realized how many Virginia families, like his, were struggling to find the help and community resources they needed to care for their loved ones near and far.

Sen. Warner and the Virginia Health Care Foundation envisioned a new solution: a data-driven nonprofit that would connect Virginia’s older adults and caregivers with programs, information, and supports. Startup funding came from a generous network of key partners that included VHCF (with matching funds from the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Foundation), the Collis Warner Foundation, and the AOL Time Warner Foundation.

SeniorNavigator.org went live in 2001, and soon became the go-to guide for hundreds of thousands of Virginians. From the very beginning, SeniorNavigator was more than just a website. Our unique high-tech and high-touch approach included toll-free helplines, hundreds of grassroots Navigator Centers to assist users with access, “Ask an Expert” customized advice, and regional Community Specialists who organize educational and community events.

The SeniorNavigator Homepage in 2001

VirginiaNavigator’s Evolution

While serving older Virginians and their families, we realized that we could use our robust data infrastructure and our strong community-based relationships to expand our offerings to help other populations.

► In 2009, disAbilityNavigator.org was developed by and for people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities to help them find the unique supports they need.

► In 2010, we developed a new brand identity: the VirginiaNavigator Family of Websites.

► In 2014, the Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving, an arm of VirginiaNavigator, was founded by Dr. Richard Lindsay and Gordon Walker to improve caregivers’ self-care while bolstering their access to the latest technologies and community resources.

► In 2016, we launched VeteransNavigator.org, a comprehensive one-stop web resource for Virginia veterans and their families and caregivers.

► In 2021, VirginiaNavigator marked 20 years of guiding and connecting Virginians!

The VirginiaNavigator Homepage in 2021

Thanks to Our Supporters

Thank you to our loyal partners and sponsors for supporting us over the years and working with us creatively to help families.

♦ Thank you to our amazing past and current board members, whose insightful guidance has helped us stay at the forefront of technology and I&R.

♦ Thank you to our dedicated staff, whose energy and expertise ensure VirginiaNavigator continues to grow and serve even more Virginians.

♦ Thank you to our friends and colleagues at our 740+ Navigator Centers, whose outreach efforts mean so much.

♦ Thank you to everyone who uses VirginiaNavigator’s resources, or who has told a friend or family member about us.

♦ And a heartfelt thank you to every organization that’s serving Virginia’s older adults, veterans, people with disabilities, and caregivers.

 

To keep up with our latest projects, please follow VirginiaNavigator on Facebook, find our Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving on Twitter (@caregiving_inno), and join our email list!