If you live in the Cayuga neighborhood, you may have already met Community Living Campaign’s Director of Neighborhood Networks, Lauren Bactad.
If not, you want to get to know her!
In the few months she’s been with us, Lauren said what’s surprised her most was how engaged and active our senior communities are.
“The outpouring of support between neighbors is heartwarming, as is the dedication felt from the staff,” she said.
For example, she needed a volunteer to help a community member and so many people were happy to raise their hand to help their neighbor.
“That’s what it’s all about — a core part of our mission — and that’s exactly what’s happening,” she added. “It’s such an exciting experience, to see that in action!”
Wanting Deeper Connections
Before joining our team, Lauren served at the YMCA of San Francisco. But when the pandemic hit, she — like many people — took the opportunity to reflect on her life. She realized that in her career, she wanted to help community members more directly, more hands-on. CLC was a great fit!
One of her favorite weekly responsibilities is delivering food from Project Open Hand to the Cayuga community.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to fight food insecurity during the pandemic but, it’s also a chance to connect with folks in the community,” Lauren said. “Each stop is filled with connection, stories, and seeing how people are doing. Building those relationships is so fulfilling.”
Part of Something Bigger
We all know CLC has lots of fun, light-hearted activities to allow participants to get to know others, build relationships, get some exercise and learn new things. Beyond that, Lauren appreciates that we also stand for important causes and support equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the City.
The recent Asian American Pacific Islander rally on the Great Highway stands out as a great example of that, she said.
“It was memorable to have experienced that important cause with team members,” Lauren said. “We’re all there to reach out to seniors and do good. Our team rallies together for great causes and supports each other endlessly.”
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