At this time of year (and in this moment in history), we reflect on how to remain a force for kindness and justice... 
image and words from Gandalf
If you wear a hijab, I'll sit with you on the train.
If you're trans, I'll go to the bathroom with you.
If you're a person of color, I'll stand with you if the cops stop you.
If you're a person with disabilities, I'll hand you my megaphone.
If you're an immigrant, I'll help you find resources.
If you're a survivor, I'll believe you.
If you're a refugee, I'll make sure you are welcome.
If you're a veteran, I'll take up your fight.
If you're LGBTQ, I won't let anybody tell you you're broken.
If you're a woman, I'll make sure you got home ok.
If you're tired, me too.
If you need a hug, I've got an infinite supply.
If you need me, I'll be with you.  All I ask is that you be with me too.
(circulating on Facebook)
 
We gather together here at CLC to wish you a happy and hopeful holiday season. 

      Fighting for Our Future in San Francisco 
The Votes Are In - Dignity Fund Wins!

Meals on Wheels truck with signs and Dignity Dog
cupcakes that say Yes on I
The Dignity Fund, Prop I, won with 66.4% of the vote ( 245,958 SF voters said Yes!). Backed by impressive list of endorsers, the process for implementation laid out in the legislation begins. Dignity Fund Coalition, in partnership with the Dept. of Aging and Adults Services, is meeting and working to keep the ball rolling.    

Connectors Build Communities & Friendships
woman and man presenting
Patti Spaniak encourages neighbors in the Merced Extension Triangle Neighborhood Assn. to get connected with stories about fun and friendship across the generations.  
Holiday Activities 
Cayuga is getting ready for their  Holiday Pot Luck!! Making centerpieces from recycled paper towel & toilet rolls! They  have plenty extra if you'd like to make some!  
Cayuga Connectors and their friends and family will gather Saturday, Dec. 17th, starting at Noon - eating first, followed  by singing and dance to holiday songs. Come along! Bring a favorite dish to share.  Located at  Bethel Community Center at Alemany and Ottawa.  
Learn more about Bee Boxes, little curbside Library Boxes and other things to help neighbors connect with each other.   See more on their Facebook page or contact Patti at  patti@cayugaconnectors.org.
holiday decorations made by hand

Cayuga members with bee boxes in a workshop
Volunteers Needed for Holiday Food Delivery 
neighbors getting ready to deliver turkeys
Bayview members of the 2015 delivery team. 
Each year, CLC partners with Glide Food Program and neighborhood organizations to deliver 1,000 turkeys to seniors and families in need.  This year, that delivery will be on Wednesday, December 14  starting around 1:00 for the Bayview, OMI and Parkmerced/University Park area. 
Because of the large number of bags that will need to be delivered that day, we are looking for drivers and other helpers to get a holiday meal and fixings to those in need. If you can help with packing and delivering, please call 415-821-1003 or email info@sfcommunityliving.org
Computer Classes and Connectivity 
Stay Engaged with Classes and Tutoring
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Once again, we have a great roster of classes, tutoring opportunities and presentations. This month's topics include shopping and calendars on-line, photoshop and so much more.   Download a list of free classes and open labs here .

We continue to highlight  The History Project with one-on-one training, photo scanning and support every Monday at 360 Valencia from 11:00 to 1:00  and at other sites listed on the schedule.

For Those Who Want (& Need) To Work 
Job Openings at the Community Living Campaign 
Community Living Campaign Logo on green background
CLC has a new job opportunities.   
The first is the Coordinator of our Vision and Hearing Initiative. 
For the second, we have funding to start a small pilot program with bi-lingual computer tutors/trainers that we hope to expand with additional funding in the future. 
View the job announcements here for more information, including how to apply. Feel free to share with others who you think might be interested. 
Working While Receiving Benefits    
red ribbon symbol for AIV_AIDS
Positive Resource Center and AIDS Legal Referral Panel invites you to their Working While Receiving Disability Benefits & Overpayment Workshop This is appropriate for consumers as well as providers.  It is being help Friday, December 2 from 10:00 to 4:00 .  
Check out the flyer linked here for details and RSVP information for this event. If you are interested in attending a specific section of this workshop, feel free to drop-in during the scheduled time.

Medi-Cal Working Disabled Program Offers Help 
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If you think you might be eligible for the Medi-Cal Working Disabled Program, access a simple factsheet about the Program here.  If you have more questions or would like help navigating the approval process, contact Jose by calling the CLC office at 415-821-1003.  
Earn It! Keep It! Save It! UWBA Looking for Volunteers 
United Way logo with words earn it_ keep it save it
The United Way Bay Area is looking for volunteers to assist individuals with free tax preparation for low-moderate income tax filers in 2017. If you can help, training provided.   Attached is a flyer about the program
Watch this space in January for free tax preparation locations or go to http://www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org .

Community Events & Information 
December 1 - World AIDS Day 
Think global, act local as we approach the
image for World AIDS Day
 annual  World AIDS Day.  Vince Cristostomo and Chip Supanich highlighted the priorities of the local HIV/AIDS and Aging Workgroup at the November Long Term Care Coordinating Council. 
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Still Tickets Available for Cable Car Caroling  
cable cars at union square
This year's CLC special event honoree, Dr. Patrick  Arbore, will be leading theparade of 15 mobilized cable cars and approximately 500  carolers to bring holiday cheer to more than 1,000 seniors and disabled adults.  The date is 
Saturday December 3 -
gather at Noon, carol and visit senior's homes and return for a festive dinner.   Cable Car Caroling, now a 32-year tradition in San Francisco, is a multicultural event, including Hanukkah songs and Hispanic Christmas carols. This annual fundraising songfest brings holiday cheer to isolated older adults and adults with disabilities at assisted living centers, skilled nursing facilities and individual homes across San Francisco. Funds raised  go to support Institute on Aging's Friendship Line, the nation's only accredited  24-hour toll-free hotline for seniors and adults with disabilities. 

SF Community Partnership Annual Mixer  
logo that says Happy Holidays
You're invited!!  The Asian & Pacific Islander (API), Latino, African-American, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT) Community Partnerships invite you to their   2nd Annual Holiday Mixer  Tuesday - December 6, 2016,  5:30 to 7 p.m.  at the  Independent Living Resource Center, 825 Howard Street in  San Francisco.  
Please bring a light refreshment to share  and don't forget your business card for a chance to win a raffle prize!

Making SF Aging and Disability Friendly
image of people in a park
Age & Disability Friendly SF (a project of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council) is convening a task force to help drive this process. The task force will include 25 or so members representing a broad range of folks, including local nonprofits, city departments, universities, businesses, and community members.  Meeting monthly for 12-15 months beginning in January 2017, the task force will cover a different topic each month, such as employment, transportation, public space, etc. 
They are looking for task force members - older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers that are interested in being on the task force.  The work will be highly collaborative, engaging, and meaningful, so if you have members, partners or constituents that may be interested, please let them know. 
 
Please share the attached flyer and the application  with your networks, and if anyone has questions or thoughts, contact Valerie.Coleman@sfgov.org . The deadline to apply is Friday, December 16.  

MUNI Fare Changes Coming January 1 
muni bus
 
The SFMTA will be implementing a fare change on January 1, 2017.   The existing reduced fare programs, including the Lifeline pass and Free Muni for eligible low- and moderate-income youth, seniors and persons with disabilities remain unchanged.
As part of Muni fare changes, single-trip Muni fares paid with a  Clipper ® Card or the  MuniMobile app will cost 25 cents less than on-board cash fares and Limited Use Tickets purchased at Muni Metro stations. Clipper and MuniMobile users who activate their fares after 8:30 p.m. will also get to ride Muni all night (cash payers will continue to enjoy this benefit).  This is just one part of a set of January fare changes, which also include an extension of the youth fare discount to everyone 18 or younger (previously set at 17 years old). More detailed information is available at the ILRC Blog or by contacting Lulu.Feliciano@sfmta.com.