Support Grows Through OMI Luncheon

The LCOS Breast Cancer Support Group, located in San Francisco’s OMI neighborhood, held it’s annual luncheon at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior on October 13. The luncheon included a wonderful presentation by guest speaker Gigi Hill-Hopkins, African American Holistic Wellness Program Director at the Bayview YMCA.  She focused on how we can all stay healthy throughout our lives.

The Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the third Thursdays of the month, For more information please contact the Community Living Campaign at 415-821-1003 or Barbara Tate at 415- 505-5899 or

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Dignity Day Helps Build Momentum for Prop I


I for Independence and Interdependence! Vote Yes to invest in seniors and people with disabilities.

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!

Are You Ready to Vote in the November 8 Election?

This November’s election is an important one, from local ballot measures  like Prop I that provides funding for senior and disability services in San Francisco, to the Presidential election. Now is the time to make sure you’re registered to vote and that you have the information you need to make decisions on the many, many state and local ballot measures.

Here’s a handy list of sites that can help you make your voice heard this November.

California Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct. 24th, 2016

Register to vote at or you can register to vote using a paper form.

Are You Registered to Vote?


Check Your Polling Location & View Sample Ballot

San Francisco County Department of Elections

City Hall – 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place, Room 48
Open weekdays from 8am – 5pm, weekdays
(415) 554-4375

  • Voting Information
  • November 8 Election Information
  • Vote Early at City Hall
    Any voter may vote at the City Hall Voting Center, located outside Room 48. The building is fully accessible and an accessible voting machine is available for voters with disabilities.Monday to Friday, October 11-November 7, 2016 – 8am-5pm
    Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30 and November 5-6, 2016 – 10am-4pm (enter City Hall on Grove Street)
    Tuesday, November 8 Election Day! 7am-8pm

Voter Guides

Know Your Rights

  • CA Secretary of State: Know Your Rights (Assistance at the polls, voters with disabilities, voters with limited English, etc.)
  • Disability Organizing Network – Voting
  • CA Secretary of State: Voting Resources for People with Disabilities
  • Disability Vote HOTLINE: 888-569-7655 (TTY: 800-719-5798)
  • Voting Rights for people who are homeless: People who are homeless may register to vote. On the online form, choose “I do not have a street address” and enter cross streets where they most often stay (to establish voting precinct). Add a PO Box or Post Office General Delivery as the mailing address.
    Note: A home address CANNOT be a P.O. Box, however, a mailing address CAN be a P.O. Box or “Post Office General Delivery” with zip code (for the voter to pickup)
  • Voting Rights for people who are imprisoned  or have had criminal convictions.

Voting Questions

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Annual Event Shines with Friendship and New Connections

Dr. Patrick Arbore was the special guest as this year’s honoree for the Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award, held ondsc_7653 September 22 at the Marine’s Memorial in San Francisco.  Once again, the community of individuals and organizations who believe in the importance of helping seniors and people with disabilities age in community came together.  Highlights included CLC Board member Colt Stander, who introduced a special, intergenerational hip hop performance by Bert Houle and Rebecca Fazio, information about the award by Norma’s daughter Debby Satten, introductions of CLC Good Neighbor Awardees, chosen by their community earlier in the year.   These good neighbors include Paul Hendrickson, Mel Noguera, Jimmye Mae Bynum, Ned Reese,  Vernice Ross, Donna Wilmott, and Jim Stevenson.  Another highlight dsc_7287was Anne’s introduction of Dr. Patrick Arbore and his heartfelt call to help reduce isolation and create connections.   Jim Illig closed the evening with a toast and a call to keep working hard to make this a better city in the year ahead.  Enjoy the pictures and mark your calendar to come next September.

St. Francis Square Shows the Way

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