July 2019: Action Builds Movement
Supervisors Increase Funding Thru Add-Backs 
Advocates deliver knitted hearts and messages to the Supervisors 

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard - the Budget Justice Coalition, Senior and Disability Action, Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly, Human Services Network and many others.  Congratulations to us all!
The Board of Supervisors will vote on a final budget in July. It currently includes:
-$165,000 to stabilize existing Community Connectors     networks and add a new network in the Excelsior           /Crocker Amazon neighborhood. 
- $145,000/year for Senior Choirs. 
- $200,000/year for technology - to improve internet at    SF Connected sites and expand bi-lingual training 
- $175,000/year for dementia care programs
- $300,000/year for group vans 
- Funding for mental health services for seniors and for     long-term HIV survivors
- Increased funding to Residential Care Facilities 
- Funding for Non-profit City Contractor to comply with new minimum wage           requirements and increased cost of doing business. 
And a whole list of other increases for senior and disability services that resulted from advocacy with the Mayor and members of the Board of Supervisors 
Click here to view the entire "add-back" list.
Housing Bond and Senior Subsidies Advance 
A $600 million affordable housing bond measure is headed for the  Nov ember ballot, including dedicated funding for senior housing. In addition, the yearly budget, headed for final approval in July, includes a total of $8 million for rents subsidies and relief for the very low income seniors, adults with disabilities and other in need residents. 
Join Mayor London Breed & Supervisor Yee for a press event on  Tuesday, July 9 at 11:00 on the steps of City Hall.   
And then participate in the planning at the next Dignity Fund Coalition meeting on 
Wed., July 24 2:30 to 4:30 
at ILRC, 825 Howard St. on how we can support this bond campaign.
Upcoming CLC Events & Activities 
CLC Annual Award Event is coming September 26
We would love to list you as a Sponsor!  
Our Annual Gala is coming up on Thursday, September 26 from 6:00 to 8:30. This year, we are pleased to honor Michael Blecker, Executive Director of Swords to Plowshares. Download a sponsor packet to support the outreach and advocacy efforts of the Community Living Campaign.  Download a Sponsor Packet here. 
Senior Beat Features Those That Inspire Us 
Visit  www.sfseniorbeat.com or "like" their facebook page to receive new  articles when posted. And here's a  shortcut to the latest story  about Louise Aronson. She has recently published a book that calls for a new - and more positive - view of our later years entitled   "Elderhood".   "Attitude about growing old has impact on actual aging", says author, geriatric expert Aaronson.
Check out other great new stories added this month. And stay tuned, the site will soon include a calendar function!
The Journey to Safe Sidewalks Is Not Easy 
We have our report back from MTA on the list of problems just on the block between  CLC Office and the Market/South Van Ness transit hub. But now the challenge is putting pressure on getting the improvements made.  As a start, Jennifer Walsh has created a Facebook group to share pictures and report progress.  Click here to join and stay up-to-date on progress. T he next meeting of this group will be Tuesday, July 9 from 12:00 to 1:30 at the CLC Office.  For more info, contact Jennifer Walsh at jennifer@sfcommunityliving.org .  
CLC Computer Lab - Something for Everyone 
We welcome older adults and people with disabilities to use our computer lab at 1663 Mission Street most weekdays between 10am and 4pm. Interested in signing up for future workshops and classes. Contact  estelle@sfcommunityliving.org
CLC Highlights Community Networks 
Weaving Networks with Activities and Friendship
Our Community Connector programs build networks of neighbors and friends by coordinating a range of local activities and outreach for seniors and people with disabilities. Click the links below for a calendar of activities in each neighborhood.  

** Inner Sunset Community Connectors will move to St. John of God Center, 1290 5th Avenue for the summer, from June 10 until August 8; Always Active still Mon. & Thurs. 1:30 to 2:30.  For more info on Community Connector networks, contact Patti Spaniak at (415) 821-1003 ext. 106 or  patti@sfcommunityliving.org .
Presentations & Workshops Spark Connections 
CLC is developing a whole host of interactive and informative workshops that are making the rounds of our networks and beyond.  Here is a sampling: 

Calling All Writers:

Memoir Writing in Sunnyside, every Monday 10:30-11:30 at St. Finn Barr, 419Hearst Ave.
Litquake Writing on July 10, 18, 25, & 31, 6:00-7:30 at Excelsior Works, 5000 Mission St.
Memoir Writing in the Inner Sunset, July 22, 2:30-3:30 at St. John of God, 1290 5th Ave.

Gardening for Health and Wellness:
Inner Sunset, July 15, 2:30-3:30 at St. John of God, 1290 5th Ave.
Miraloma Park, July 25, 11:30-12:30 at Cornerstone Church, 480 Teresita Blvd.

Boomer Talks with Rock Historian Richie Unterberger:
Rare Woodstock, Part I, July 17, 6:00-7:30 at Excelsior Works, 5000 Mission St.
The Who, July 24, July 17, 6:00-7:30 at Excelsior Works, 5000 Mission St.

And More!
Holistic Fall Prevention - Midtown Terrace, July 24, 2:30-4:00 at Forest Hills Christian Church, 250 Laguna Honda Blvd.
Computer, Tablet, and Phone Help Desk - Inner Sunset, July 8 & 11, 2:30-3:30, at St. John of God, 1290 5th Ave.
For more information, contact Patti Spaniak  at (415) 821-1003 ext. 106 or  patti@sfcommunityliving.org . 

Senior Power Wants You To Be Safe
Join this growing network in the Outer Sunset.  Their next gathering will be  Thursday, July 11, 10:00 am at the Taraval Police Station, 2345 24th  Avenue.  Guest speakers will be from the Community & Home Injury Prevention Program (CHIPPS) and Safe Streets for Seniors.   For more information, contact Margaret Graf at  opoygan1@yahoo.com or 415-652-4751.
More CLC Events and Activities 
Good Neighbors All Around 
CLC hosted its annual Good Neighbor Event in June, honoring those chosen by their community for their hard work and dedication. Learn who were this year's honorees and see more pictures of the event here. 

Aging While Black Forum
The tradition of the Aging While Black forum continues, co-sponsored by IT Bookman Center and CLC.  The theme - Aging in place with an effort to reduce health disparities.   Forum speakers included  Pamela Ratliff , Educational Initiatives & Partnerships, Stanford Cancer Institute;  Sherri Sawyer, CLC Francis Goldsmith Vision & Hearing Initiative;  Jessie Johnson , Clinical Practice Manager, Hearing and Speech Center.   To get on the list for future activities, contact Deb Glen (415)846-7717 or debglen1@gmail.com.
Emergency Preparedness Requires Teamwork 
Sherri Sawyer, Director of CLC's Vision and Hearing Initiative, was the leader of a workshop hosted by Bayview Networks for Elders.  It included an Emergency Preparedness Backpack loaded with key supplies.  This was supported by a specific grant from the Metta Fund. CLC staff members Teresa Garcia and Alan Kaufman helped make each bag was fully supplied.  Noah, son of CLC Finance person Jim Battaglia, got them loaded and ready for transport.  Over 40 seniors went home more prepared for their efforts. 

On Lok and Always Active Thank Partners 

The Always Active Program brought participants tog e ther from across the City to  move together and to celebrate the growth of this important wellness program. The event also honored Supervisor Yee, Linda Lau and the Department of Aging and Adult Services, and the Community Living Campaign for their support in expanding Alway Active trainings to new sites cross the City.  If you would like to participate in the great program, check out a site near you on their website or call  415-550-2265.
Employment and Learning Opportunities 
More Opportunities on the Way

The SF Reserve Program is hosting First Impression sessions to meet potential job seekers and help them get on a path to employment through SF ReServe and other Job placement partners.  If you are looking for a new, paid opportunity to share your skills and talents in part time work, come to a relaxed, informative  First Impression Session.
July 10, 10:30 in Sunnyside - St. Finn Barr, 415 Edna Street
July 19, 2:30 in Midtown Terrace - Forest Hill Church, 250 Laguna Honda Blvd    

For more information, contact Jamie Goddard, Jamie@sfcommunityliving.org.
Are You A Woman 50+ Looking for Employment? 
Explore your achievements and learn how to tell your story of expertise in
these woman-led, woman-focused workshops.
Resume and Cover Letter Intensive  -  July 31, 9:00 to 4:00  including lunch, at the CLC office, 1663 Mission, Suite 525.  Present your skills  and  accomplishments more effectively. Leave with the tool s to write customized resumes & cover letters.  Please Register! Space is limited. Email sfreserve@sfcommunityliving.org or call 415-821-1003 to  register for one or both of the FREE workshops. 
Women, trans women, and non-binary feminine adjacent people are all welcome.
Co-sponsored by the YWCA of Marin and San Francisco and CLC. 
Job Fair Focused On Older Adults Set for August 5

If you are serious about getting a full time or part-time job and have skills and tale
nts you are ready to share, save this date and be prepared to meet potential employers and perhaps land an interview that day.  The event is being sponsored by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development in partnership with the Dignity Fund Coalition and a network of other organizations. As the details are available, watch out for a special notice.
More Events and Resources To Know About 
AGEIN - Time to Lean Into Being "At Home with Growing Older" 
AgeIn was the name of the event hosted last month at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, hosted by At Home with Growing Older. Executive Director Suzanne Stadler was applauded for her hard work and leadership to bring together a growing network of cross-discplinary leaders.  Click here to see pictures from this engaging event and download the program book that highlights AHWGO activities.
Ruth's Table Invites You To Come Celebrate 
Ruth's Table began as an arts initiative integrated into Bethany Center, an affordable senior living community.  
On July 11th from 6:00 to 9:00 , Ruth's Table is celebrating its grand re-opening at a newly dedicated gallery space located at 3160 21st St. A reception launches a year-long exploration with the new building will serve as a gallery and creative learning space where people of all ages can come together to learn, connect, and create. For more info, visit https://www.ruthstable.org/.
Murals Celebrate A Community Coming Together 

This year, On Lok's 30th Street Senior Center is celebrating our 40th anniversary of serving seniors in San Francisco.  On Saturday, July 13 from 2:00 to 5:00, they are holding a Mural Unveiling and Open House at our Center 225 30th Street.  Free and open to the public - ride sharing or public transportation encouraged.   A  beautiful new mural, which is a central feature of our garden, was created by the Center's senior community in partnership with Precita Eyes artists.  A flyer with more info is attached RSVP on Eventbrite  o r contact  hpacheco@onlok.org  or (628) 208-8447.
NERT Training is Coming to the OMI   
One way to be really prepared to help yourself and your community in an emergency is to attend a NERT training.  This stands for Neighborhood Emergency Response Team. You will meet your neighbors and learn where to go and what to do should an earthquake or other emergency strike.  You can sign up for the OMI session set to start on August 6, 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Lutheran Church for Our Savior at 1011 Garfield Street.  Sign up through Eventbrite here.  Download a flyer with more info here. 
Newsline Brings News and Information to You
Announcing the next  Newsline Training Session at the LightHouse for the Blind in San Francisco is 
Thursday, July 18,  1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Are you unable to easily read newspapers due to vision loss, a physical disability or dyslexia? You can open up your world by signing up for Newsline.  If you are interested, contact Serena Olson at the  LightHouse: 
Food for Thought About Living A Long Life 
Stanford's Center on Longevity is an intriguing site as we think about the potential provided by longer lives and better health.  As their website states:   "By fostering dialogue and collaborations among typically disconnected worlds, the Center aims to develop workable solutions for urgent issues confronting the world as the population ages. With these collaborations, we aim to redesign how we live our lives so that the great potential of a longer life is fully realized."  
1000's of people now eligible for CalFresh 
Starting June 1, 2019, older adults and people with disabilities who receive Supplement Security Income (SSI)/State Supplementary Payment (SSP) are able to receive CalFresh benefits (formerly known as food stamps). The current average cash benefit will be $130 per person, though the exact amount varies depending on one's individual situation. More info and apply on-line here(415) 558-4700 or visit 2 Gough Street to apply. 
About the Community Living Campaign

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The Community Living Campaign (CLC) works to bring community, joy,  learning, and health to seniors and people with disabilities in San Francisco.  We seek to empower older people and adults with disabilities to come together, organize, and use our many skills and interests to reduce isolation and end economic and other barriers to aging in our own homes and neighborhoods. Learn more.