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CLC pays local seniors and people with disabilities - our Community Connectors - to encourage people to help each other, creating groups and activities that match each neighborhood’s unique needs and interests. These networks reweave communities of support focusing on food delivery, home repairs, healthy aging, breast cancer support, advocacy, and social activities.
The Community Living Campaign is bringing together Residents of St. Francis Square Cooperative Apartments with the blessing of the Co-op Board of Directors.
The convening organizer, Marcia Peterzell, is a long time Resident and community organizer. The St. Francis Neighborhood Network fosters internal support networks to help Residents age well in their homes and community. Many possibilities emerged from the initial meetings providing respite care for caregivers; providing shoppers or assistants to Residents who have difficulty with stairs and carrying purchases to their apartments; providing more social events to keep people connected. CLC will be encouraging Residents to contribute - phone calls, food offerings for meetings, a friendly ear for conversation, giving testimony at City hearings - as examples - in order for everyone doing what they can to enhance this vibrant community.
In the Cayuga neighborhood (between Glen Park and the Excelsior), Community Connector Glenda Hope has been organizing programs for her neighbors. After over 40 years of outreach and ministry in the Tenderloin throgh her San Francisco Network Ministries, the Rev. Hope is retiring to her home in Cayuga. And she's turned her attention to encouraging her community to be one that looks out for each other.
The activities and programs in this neighborhood are still developing, but already include a senior exercise class that meets three times per week, as well as a system of phone support so that community members can check in with each other and lend support.