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 btraynor@att.net.

Dignity Fund Coalition Rallies Supporters

The Dignity Fund Coalition rallied its supporters on July 19th, the day that the Dignity Fund legislation was scheduled for its final vote at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  A broad cross-section of senior, disability, veterans, HIV survivors,  those with other chronic conditions and their supporters gathered to hear their Supervisors and Coalition leaders speak to the importance of this legislation to build a foundation to address the needs of a growing number of seniors and adults with disabilities.  The pictures tell the story.  See one you like?  Right click and download.

San Francisco Foundation Poll Provides Insights

An important  poll recently released by the San Francisco Foundation provides insights into the priorities and concerns of diverse communities as it relates to Racial and Economic Inclusion in the Bay Area.  Learn more at www.sff.org/racematters.

Good Neighbors Celebration Honors CLC Volunteers

On Saturday, CLC hosted our first even Good Neighbor Block Party to thank the many neighbors and community-members who are creating the connections seniors and people with disabilities need to age and thrive in their own neighborhoods.

The event thanked neighbors connected to CLC programs across San Francisco, and also honored seven neighborhood volunteers whose efforts who go way beyond what is expected and are role models for what it means to be a good neighbor. The honorees included:
Vernice Ross, Bayview Food Network

Mel Noguerra, Cayuga Community Connectors
Jim Stevens, Computer Training & Access – 
Donna Wilmott, Connections for Healthy Aging – 
Paul Hendrickson, Laguna Honda Computer Club – 
Ned Reese, OMI/Parkmerced Food Network – 
Jimmye Bynum, St. Francis Square – 

We are so grateful for all of their contributions to cultivating connections their communities Stay tuned for more stories about some of the amazing contributions these volunteers have made in their neighborhoods.