We have a cool new work place while we organize the Aging and Disability Technology Summit on May 15th at City Hall. We share this space with lots of interesting groups, including the Community Technology Network (CTN), a partner in the City’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). Our address is 972 Mission Street, 5th Floor, but our mailing address remains the same – P.O. Box 460400, San Francisco, CA 94146. You can still call us at (415) 821-1003. We are delighted to learn more about how to share space, resources, and ideas in a collaborative setting.
Norma Satten was a leader and mentor to so many in San Francisco. Last year, we honored her with the creation of the Community Service Innovation Award. Last Fall’s special event was a wonderful gathering of many of the organizations and individuals that Norma helped over the years. We hope this blog will help showcase the wisdom, talents and experience of San Franciscans like Norma who have committed themselves to making San Francisco a better place to grow old. To learn more about Norma and her contributions download PDF here.
You can see the pictures from the evening at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfcommunityliving/sets/72157627776774854/.
Who is Alice Wong? Well, she is the President of the board of the San Francisco IHSS Public Authority and a skilled researcher and well, so much more. In fact, Alice will tell you who she is. Alice made this video to share with us all as her first video and a contribution to the White House Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative. You can help her win the White House AAPI “What’s Your Story?” video challenge by going to http://www.whitehouse.gov/aapi/whats-your-story .
In the early days of the Community Living Campaign, we struggled with how to develop the small, basic building blocks that make up the foundation of a grass-roots community organizing campaign – you know, the equivalent of the old fashioned house meeting. The hope was to provide practical support to neighbors while beginning to look more closely at the issues that help or hinder individuals from aging in community. Fortunately, in those early days, we were introduced to Vickie Cammack and the work of PLAN and the PLAN Institute in Canada. We learned (and continue to learn) so many useful and insightful things as we re-frame the issues related to living with a disability and being at home with growing old. One story by Vickie Cammack really helped me see things differently. Take a minute to read this story and let me know if you know a “Martha” – http://www.tyze.com/martha-has-not-left-the-neighbourhood/ . Perhaps our neighbors who are aging are not a problem to be solved, but part of the solution to rebuilding communities.
My friend Ruth Miller, pictures at her 91st Birthday Party, was like Martha, sometimes charming, sometimes demanding, but always interesting. She brought together a community of people whose strongest connection was that they cared about Ruth.
In future posts, you will learn more about Ruth, Tyze and the power of relationships.
With new computers finding there way to senior and community centers all over town, time to roll our trainings. For the Community Living Campaign, we are beginning at most sites with a Skype training. Here Marie’s daughter, Amy, volunteered to help residents of Bethany Center chat with each other in different rooms and even to residents upstairs in their apartments. With the help of Bethany Center staff, the residents who spoke 4 different languages, all learned together.
What’s Skype? A free, easy way to use your computer to make no-cost video calls – to people across the street or around the world. To learn more about Skype and where to find the next Skype training, go to https://sites.google.com/site/clcsocialmediatraining/.
These trainings are sponsored by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Service.
This group, which was created by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004, is the single body in San Francisco that evaluates all issues related to improving community-based long term care and supportive services. The LTCCC, with co-chairs Sandy Mori and Susan Poor and 41 active members, meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at One South Van Ness. Its members represent a broad cross-section of agencies and constituency. You can learn more about the LTCCC and see might be your representative at http://www.sfhsa.org/473.htm or by contacting Bill Haskell at (415) 355-6782. CLC is proud that several Board members and Community Connectors are active with the Council and its working groups. Meetings are open and provide a great way to keep up with new efforts to integrate health and long term care locally as well as to connect with local coalitions around the state.
When the Community Living Campaign first began, we looked for ways to talk with people in neighborhoods across the City. To start, we needed places that were free (because we were just starting out), physically accessible, and inviting. So where did we begin? In the City’s lovely community gardens. CLC Special Projects Coordinator Judy Auda helped keep the effort going as we shared food, hospitality and ways to build community from the “grassroots”. Some were big, some were small, but all reminded us how nice it is share time with one another – no agendas, no required outcomes, just be. We invite you to check out these early events and the beautiful gardens that bloom as our own neighborhood backyards at www.seedsofhope-sf.blogspot.com .
In the months and years ahead, the Community Living Campaign will use this site to support activities and ideas that help seniors and people with disabilities have a good life. The involves promoting the following:
- Achieving Basic Financial Security
- Ending Isolation and Loneliness
- Living In a Home That Enhances Dignity
- Contributing to Others and the Community
- Having Real Choices and Making One’s Own Decisions
- Participating in Communities that Celebrate Diversity
- Building Communities that Value Fairness, Equality and Justice