Connecting People and Community Resources
Accessible anywhere by internet (firststopmv.org) or phone (774.549.0555), FirstStop MV is a single starting point for Island seniors and those who care for them to connect to critical services and resources:
In the fall of 2013, The Dukes County Health Council created the Healthy Aging Task Force (now Healthy Aging Martha's Vineyard), which commissioned the University of Massachusetts Medical School Rural Scholars to study demographic projections and future needs of the Island’s aging community. These scholars identified as a priority the creation of an Island-wide, centralized web-based information and resource system to serve caregivers (on and off-Island), providers, and seniors. Community members, providers, and caregivers spent the next two years working together to develop FirstStop MV.
FirstStop MV moved to Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) in the Fall of 2016 to eliminate duplicative services, consolidate administrative functions and support staff under the umbrella of an existing non-profit agency. MVCS worked with providers and community members to expand First Stop MV to become an Island-wide reference guide for all social services, programs, activities and opportunities for all ages. In August 2017, the new FirstStop MV website was launched.