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Celebrate Naomi Feil’s Legacy

Hello, my name is Vicki de Klerk-Rubin, and I am the Executive Director of the Validation Training Institute. I am also the daughter of Naomi Feil, founder of the Validation method.

It is my pleasure to announce that our Annual Fall Fundraiser will begin on Wednesday, November 24th this year! Our theme is “Celebrating Naomi Feil’s Legacy” and with your support we plan to raise $20,000 to ensure that Naomi’s legacy can be sustained well into the future. 

As a 4-year-old refugee from Nazi Germany, Naomi Feil grew up in the Montefiore Home for the Aged in Cleveland, Ohio, where her father was the administrator and her mother, the head of the Social Service Department. The older adults were her direct neighbors and friends. This gave Naomi unique empathy and insight into the world of disoriented elders which became the foundation stones for the Validation method.  

In 1982, with the help of a few supporters, she created the Validation Training Institute (VTI) as a vehicle for spreading information on the method, as well as training practitioners and trainers. 

Over the past 40 years, VTI has created and delivered constantly evolving training programs, published four books in 12 languages, created films and built an international network of partnerships. Validation, once a maverick concept, is comfortably in-synch with contemporary thinking as Feil’s concepts have inspired a generation of ‘person-centered’ eldercare. 

Remember no donation is too small! Your generous contribution to the Fall Fundraiser makes up about a third of VTI’s income. You can celebrate Naomi’s legacy by contributing at: