February Events from the Heart
  
  Next Transportation Fair Coming Feb. 11th 
flywheel taxi with seniors
Transportation is a significant issue for our Cayuga and OMI neighbors, especially seniors and those with disabilities. 

Join us for the CLC Transportation Fair on 
February 11  from  10:00 am to Noon 
at the Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec Center, 650 Capitol Avenue (wheelchair accessible). 

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with, ask questions, and learn how to access a variety of transportation services: taxi, Muni, Para-transit, BART and other ride-sharing services. 
Learn More about the Transportation Fair and download a flyer here.

Annual Budget Deliberations Have Begun
 
Shireen McSpadden talking with a  powerpoint behind
Dept. of Aging and Adult Services Acting Executive Director Shireen McSpadden highlighted priorities for this year's Human Services Agency Budget Overview Presentation in January. To learn about process and priorities for this year's budget, attend two upcoming meetings.  

The DAAS Finance Committee will meet on Wed.  Feb 3 at 9:30 at 1650 Mission 5th floor, Golden Gate Conference Room.  

The DAAS Commission will meet to approve the budget they send to the Mayor on  Feb 16 from 2:00 to 5:00 at 170 Otis Street, Born Auditorium. 

Several groups have already put forward their priorities, including the Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly (CASE). Read CASE's letter to the Commission here and get ready for a postcard campaign and the budget 
Kick-off Event on Monday, March 14th  , 3:00 to 4:30 pm Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin

At Home With Growing Older: The Role of Home

At Home With Growing Older hosts a monthly interdisciplinary inquiry and discussion on growing old(er). Join them for their next Salon on Thursday, February 18, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Francis of Assisi Community, 145 Guerrero Street.  Discussion will focus on the new, expanded notion of what the role of home is as we get older.  Event is free and RSVP's appreciated to sstadler@AtHomeWithGrowingOlder.com.
woman at stove with words Aging At Home Gracefully
frayed rope with the words Making Ends Meet
Having a Tough Time "Making Ends Meet"? You're Not Alone!

It is now estimated that 52,900 older adults in San Francisco lack basic economic security - even before they need to figure out how to pay for homecare and other long term services and supports.  

Join us for a Round Table Discussion on Helping "Make Ends Meet" with a focus on employment and stipend volunteer programs. Resource people will be on hand to talk about re-entry help for the "long term unemployed", stipended volunteer opportunities, programs like the Medi-Cal 250% Working Disabled Program (which can help individuals access Medi-Cal without a share of cost.) 

Round Table Participants will include Resources People from the Felton Institute, which run the Foster Grandparents, Senior Companion and Senior Community Services Employment Program, IHSS and Medi-Cal Program, participants in the Working Disabled Program and more. 

Event will be held Friday, February 26, 1:30 to 3:30 at Felton Institute, 711 Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor and will help plan a larger community event.  For more info, contact Marie at marie@sfcommunityliving.org.

book cover showing Saul Alinsky and the words People Power
Community Organizing = 
Building People Power

C ome spend an evening celebrating the life and times of Saul Alinsky and a history of local organizing in San F rancisco with Mike Miller. 
Thursday, March 3 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at  Laborers' International Union Hall, Local 261 - 3271 18th Street
RSVP and get more information at http://bit.ly/saulalinksy
Autographed books available.  Download a flyer to share here .  In good organizing tradition, refreshments will be served.

Computer Classes and Connectivity 
Computer Classes and Tutoring 

We have a great roster of classes, tutoring opportunities and presentations. This month's topics include Genealogy, Twitter, Photoshop, and more. 

We are also delighted to welcome two new bilingual trainers - Florence Lau and Olga Poveda to increase our classes in Cantonese and Spanish. Stay tuned for more details!  Download the full list of 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 3:00 and at other sites listed on the schedule.  
 
Mark Farrell Talks Connectivity at SF Tech Council

SF Tech Council members and guests had a chance to celebrate the Council's one year anniversary and get the latest update on efforts to expand access to affordable, high-speed internet throughout the City.

Supervisor Mark Farrell had requested the Legislative Analyst's Office complete a study of options and costs to reduce what seems to be a major barrier. Currently, about 100,000 people internet access at home and another 50,000 only have very slow dial-up service. Supervisor Farrell promised to share the study once released and to engage the Tech Council and others once the report is published.  
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David Lindeman talking to Supervisor Farrell

Comcast Internet Essentials  Reaches More Seniors 
smiling woman with laptop in garden

After several great kickoff events in 2015, the number of low income San Francisco seniors 62 and older who are getting broadband internet for $9.95 per month continues to grow.  If you or someone you know qualifies, this is a great deal - it's the most cost effective option for home internet that we've found.  Learn more about the Internet Essential for Seniors Program here or by calling 1-855-804-8010.
  
Connectors Build Communities & Friendships
Connections for Healthy Aging Growing 

We're working with the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) to empower elders across the state to promote healthy aging and address the barriers that stand in the way. We organized our second "train the trainers" event at the CARA headquarters in Oakland with leaders from around Northern California. The new trainers will lead workshops co-sponsored by local CARA Action Teams across the state, starting in February. 

Back in San Francisco, we have upcoming Connections for Healthy Aging sessions planned at Golden Gate Village, Openhouse, Project Access and San Francisco Village. For more information, contact Marcia Peterzell at (415) 359-1816.
facilitator making a point
workshop participants talk about pictures they have chosen

Neighborhood Empowerment Network Awards
 
neighbors receiving award on city hall stairs
Congratulations to CLC Community Connector Patti Sp aniak, Rev. Glenda Hope, and leaders in the Cayuga Improvement Association as their work in the Cayuga neighborhood was being honored by the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) as the "Come Back Neighborhood of the Year." 

Read more about Cayuga activities on the Cayuga Connectors Facebook page
Good Neighbors 

Throughout San Francisco, dedicated neighbors volunteer their time to help seniors and people with disabilities get the resources and support they need to age and thrive in their own homes and neighborhoods. We will be featuring some of their stories each month. 

This month, we share a story about Glenda Hope and her terrific neighbors who rallied around and proved that the idea of a connected community can be very real and rewarding. Glenda shared this story as part of the NEN award ceremony highlighted above. 


Make 2016 the year you volunteer or get involved in your community. Chances are good you will change someone's life for the better-starting with your own! For more information about volunteer opportunities, email us at info@sfcommunityliving.org.

friends enjoying lunch
Minnie and Lovie Ward Rec Center Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

CLC leaders and neighborhood volunteers joined in the celebration with a great meal and inspiring program, in keeping with the message of peace, respect, and justice.  

Learn More about up-coming activities in the OMI, including the Feb. 11th Transportation Fair on the  OMI Connectors Facebook Page.

picture of jefferson award medallions
The Jefferson Award  
A Great Honor 

The work of the Community Living Campaign has been recognized with a Jefferson Award, presented at a ceremony in January. A thanks goes out to all who made this award possible. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards and the others honored locally, go to www.jeffersonawards.org. Think about who you would like to nominate! 

Wishing You A Joyous Chinese New Year and a Connected Valentine's Day.