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Over the past thirty-five years, a small but dedicated cadre of community leaders have laid a solid foundation, but their efforts have not kept pace with the growing challenges for a City that has the highest proportion of seniors and adults with disabilities of any urban area in California.
Far too many individuals end up in nursing homes or other institutions because community-based alternatives don’t exist. Increasingly San Francisco is viewed as a generous, but not very progressive, city as thousands of its residents are unnecessarily institutionalized both in and out of county.
In many ways, this campaign is really about giving seniors and adults with disabilities the right to decide where and how they will live their lives as they age and assuring that those institutions are more integrated and less isolated from their local community.
More than that, it is about making San Francisco a better place for us all. It is time to eliminate the barriers caused by disability, age, language, discrimination, and other causes. It is time for us to take what we have learned and sow the seeds of hope, celebrating and having a bit of fun along the way (because, after all, isn’t that how a sense of community grows?)
“The Community Living Campaign strengthens and mobilizes individuals and organizations to assure every person’s right to live in community. Our strategy is to leverage the power of relationships to improve services and support.”
Community Living Campaign fosters the power and potential of friendship to transform lives and strengthen communities. Helping individuals have a good life means
“Community:” a group of people, sharing common interests and experiences, who affirm, support and challenge each other to act powerfully, both individually and collectively, to defend and advance their values and interests.
The means by which they typically do this is by working together and by:
Building community is a process that requires patience, creativity and the ability to truly listen.