Cayuga Holiday Potluck is an annual community gathering rich with food, fun raffle prizes, music and of course, Santa. Thanks to Patti Spaniak and all the leaders and neighbors who pitched in to make this a grand gesture of community living. Enjoy the pics![Not a valid template]
The Annual Good Neighborhood Event brought together an even bigger group of leaders on Saturday, June 8 as we gather at the ARC. Each year, staff and participants in each of the CLC programs picks a community member who has gone above and beyond to help their neighbors and provide leadership to the community. We are pleased to present this year’s list of honorees. They include:
- Mary Crenshaw, Bayview
- Deb Padilla, Cayuga Community Connectors
- Esselene Stancil, Computers & Access
Marlene Olivencia , Inner Sunset Community Connectors
- Reiko Hatakayama, Merced Extension Triangle Community Connectors
- Evernease Cook, Midtown Terrace Community Connectors
- Guido Van Rijn, Miraloma Community Connectors
- Leroy Lindo, OMI Food Network
- Judy Goddess, Community Catalyst
- Rose Sharkey, St. Francis Square Network
- Alice Guidry, Sunnyside Community Connectors
- Michael S. Silver, Vision & Hearing Program
- Robin Evans, SF ReServe / Senior Beat
See these and other “good neighbors” in the photo album below.[Not a valid template]
Good neighbors gathered around in the OMI and Bayview neighborhoods to deliver turkeys and fixings to those in needed – almost 1,300 household received this holiday blessing. This would not have been possible without the generous support of the Glide Food Program. Yet it marked the annual event where a broad cross-section of groups and individuals pitch in to identify families in need and help support in a multitude of ways. Special thanks go out -in the OMI, to Deb Glen and the CLC team, Patti Clement and Catholic Charities and all the organizations that help arranged delivery to 600 households in the neighborhood. In the Bayview, this would not have been possible without support from the SFHealth Department – Veronica Shepard, Tracy-Shaw Senigar, & Dr. Paula Jones; the CLC Team led by Chester Williams, Beverly Taylor and Jerry Mixon, Having Pride UNITI, Dr. Emily Wade Thompson, Joseph Lee Recreation Center and the Bayview Opera House, and the Faith Based Coalition. And we stretched to meet the extra need, thanks to A. Philip Randolph Institute and San Francisco Health Department for extra turkeys and Meals on Wheels for helping round-up turkeys to deliver to the site.
With this, we wish you and yours a happy, healthy, food-filled holiday season![Not a valid template]
Neighbors throughout San Francisco are at the heart of creating community. In every CLC program, there are many people who share their time and talents to improve lives of fellow seniors and people with disabilities. These dedicated neighbors who share their lifetime of experience and talents demonstrate just how much better we can make our communities when we create opportunities for everyone to contribute.
Each year, CLC hosts a citywide “Good Neighbor” party to thank these neighborhood volunteers for their countless contributions and to honor those in their midst who inspire others in CLC’s neighborhoods and programs.
The afternoon included great food from Mission Language and Vocational School, appetizers from our own Lizette Martinez, and homemade strawberry shortcake from our own Kate Kuckro. Folks also enjoyed a CLC Trivia game, a free prize drawing of themed basics from the different neighborhoods and projects, and fun photos. As one neighbor said, “we come from the north and the south, the east and the west and we join together to learn from one another.”
Honoring Outstanding Neighborhood Volunteers
This year’s Good Neighbor honorees – all seniors or people with disabilities themselves – have contributed in a wide range of ways. But across the board, all are quick to offer help in whatever ways they can. The Honorees help with computers, offer rides, share garden cuttings, host gatherings around the piano, organize neighbors, pack groceries, offer hearing screenings, and reach out to local businesses.
This year’s Good Neighbor Awards go to…
- Carmelita Lozano, Cayuga Connectors
- Nan Park, St. Francis Square Network
- Ruth Dark, Bayview Food Network/Connectors
- Carolyn Taylor , OMI Food Network
- Victor Lam, Computers & Access
- Steven Lopez & N. California Hearing & Speech Center, Vision & Hearing
- Brenda Billings, Events
- Marc Christensen, Merced Extension Triangle Community Connectors
These special neighbors will be honored again at CLC’s 10 year anniversary event on September 20th.[Not a valid template]
Come Scan with Us!
CLC had two big scanning events in May and is looking forward to your help in scheduling more. First, we took our Fujitsu Scanners on the road to the Oceanview Library for the Public Library’s Connect with Tech Week. City employees from COIT and other departments volunteered their time to help a dozen seniors learn how to scan their photos and other mementos.
That same week, we then hosted a group of students from Lick Wilmerding High School at our 1663 Mission Computer Lab. The students enthusiastically scanned early pictures of senior and disability programs and learned a bit about CLC’s work in the community.
Got pictures you need scanned? Give us a call at 415-821-1003 ext. 101 to arrange for us to come to you or for you to come to us. The scanners are available at our computer lab at 1663 Mission Street, and will be heading out to Aquatic Park Senior Center on June 11 from 9-noon to hep participants there to preserve some of their treasured memories.[Not a valid template]
Urgency came through in the voices of those who spoke at the May 9 Board of Supervisors hearing on employment. Seniors and adults with disabilities both spoke of the economic need in this increasingly expensive City. But more than that, they shared how they were seeking respect, purpose, and the ability to contribute their lifetime of experience to improve their communities.
Rebecca Shotwell, pictured left, shared that finding a job “saved her life.” A graphic artist in the days before Photoshop, Rebecca retired two years before the 2008 financial crisis. Two years ago, after she and her husband had almost depleted their savings, Rebecca started looking for a job, “but who was going to hire an old lady?” Through CLC’s SF ReServe program. Rebecca began working at Aquatic Park Senior Center. They were so thrilled with her skills and contribution, that when a position opened up, they hired her directly.
Increasing Focus on Senior and Disability Employment Challenges
Supervisor Norman Yee, who called for the hearing following CLC’s recent Work Matters! event, recruited Supervisor Sheehy, Rohan, Fewer and Kim as co-sponsors.
A presentation by SF City Departments introduced the set the stage for the testimony that followed, with data, program overviews and recommendations – linked here.
The hearing was broadcast on SFGov TV – if you missed, you can view the Employment Hearing there (the Employment Opportunities for Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities section starts at 1:23). Thanks to everyone who came and who spoke. We are hopeful that this will lead to more scrutiny and more funding to address this pressing issue.
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Over 100 people gathered at the Unitarian Conference Center on March 22 to increase the pathways to meaningful employment for seniors and people with disabilities of all ages.
This second Work Matters! gathering comes as CLC’s SF Reserve marks its first year of successfully placing people in part-time and project-based work at non-profit organizations in San Francisco.
Working Together was the Order of the Day
The event included those looking for work as well as those engaged with SF ReServe, plus a large number of seniors employed by the Felton Institute’s Senior Community Services Employment Program. Shireen McSpadden, Executive Director of the Department of Aging and Adult Services, kicked off the day with a commitment of her support for efforts to put more seniors and adults with disabilities to work, followed by Jarlene Choy, Aide to Supervisor Norman Yee, who announced he will hold a Board of Supervisor’s hearing on the issue very soon.
San Francisco Senior Center Director and Reservist talked about how ReServe has made a difference in both of their lives. ReServist Judy Goddess shared her journey, which include 14 hours of retirement followed by 5 years of caregiving, and now the exciting opportunity to launch the Senior Beat Reporters though SF ReServe.
Telling Our Stories
Diane Krantz led a spirited conversation at tables at those present shared their experiences and ideas for the future, with report-outs to all present. After a delicious lunch prepared by CLC staff and the employment program Bakeworks, a panel offered diverse and energizing perspectives on the journey to meaningful work and engagement. Panelists included Jonathan Lyens, President of the FDR Democratic Club, Cathy Spensley from the Felton Institute, Michael Pappas, Executive Director of the Interfaith Council, and Hope Levy, Geronologist and trainer.
Resources for Everyone
The event also included organizations info resources. The occasion provided the opportunity to put together a couple of documents we can share on-line – an overview of the issue called Help Us Improve the Employment Picture and a detailed list Resources..
For more information about SF ReServe and other efforts to improve employment options for seniors and adults with Disabilties, contact Alicia Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org.[Not a valid template]
Some activities are special, and the recent “Preserving Memories” Event at On Lok’s 30th Street was just such an event. Nearly 20 seniors with memories to share were greeted by two teams of interested and engaged seniors from Lick-Wilmerding High School and given the opportunity to preserve their memories and share them with friends and loved ones. The event was made possible by the generous donation of scanning equipment and day-long technical assistance from Fujitsu. The San Francisco Tech Council, with support from the Community Living Campaign (CLC), helped organize and promote the event. If you would like this Preserving Memories event to come to your senior or community center, contact Marie Jobling at (415) 821-1003 ex. 101 or email email@example.com.[Not a valid template]
September 23 was Dignity Day and the community of supporters and elected leaders gathered to show their support for Proposition I – The Dignity Fund. Mayor Lee and members of the Board of Supervisors spoke of the importance of supporting seniors and adult with disabilities. Community leaders shared their stories about how Prop I will make a difference. And around the city, Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers distributed information about this November 8 ballot measure to meal sites. Hundreds of seniors, adults with disabilities and their supporters showed their enthusiastic support by pledging to help get the word out with house signs, phone banking and outreach engagements. You can learn more about how you can help here. Enjoy the pictures and remember to vote Yes on Prop I!
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Article by Betty Traynor, Convenor
Since 2010, the Community Living Campaign has been active at St. Francis Square (SFQ), a 50 year plus residential cooperative founded by the ILWU with close to 300 units in the Western Addition, across from Japantown. Our CLC group founded by Marcia Peterzell and Linda Silver was a very welcome addition to the Square as there are many seniors living here, who moved in when they were “kids” in the ‘60s and ‘70s and are now aging in place. Many seniors welcomed the chance to join the CLC committee to learn about issues important to them, to exercise together, and to just have fun.
The CLC sponsors birthday parties through the year where everyone is invited to celebrate those with birthdays in the past four months, with party favors, music and gifts. We have Coffee and Conversation three Friday mornings a year with breakfast snacks and relevant speakers on hearing, the vial of life, health issues, and aging empowerment to name a few. One of our members, Jimmy Bynum, started up a weekly Walking Group on Wednesday mornings to get around our delightful neighborhood from the Fillmore to Japantown and in between. To specifically help those in need at SFQ, the CLC group formed “Neighbor to Neighbor” soliciting volunteers from all our residents who could be called on to give a hand: give a drive to the grocery store or medical appointment, move a couch, walk a dog. The volunteers are on-call and not far away. Our monthly meetings on second Tuesday mornings in our Social Hall are when we plan all that is coming up and look back on what we’ve done to improve for next time.
We decided recently that we needed to add some enjoyable “outside the Square” activities, so we’ve met for happy hour at a local club, Sheba Lounge on Fillmore, and one of our Square members who owns Picnic on Third restaurant in SOMA invited us to check it out for lunch a few months ago. We not only had a great meal but were treated as honored elders by the owner and her staff. So for now that is the Community Living Campaign at St. Francis Square Cooperative—ready, willing and able to be there for each other and to have fun along the way. For more information, contact Betty Traynor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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