Help Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive All Year Long
Make this the best year ever! Because the season of giving can start today and last all year long. With your help, we can continue and grow the neighbor-to-neighbor activities highlighted below. 
And while financial support much appreciated, we also truly value your gifts of time and talent to us and to your neighbors.   Pick one person who you think might be lonely and resolve to warm their year with friendship and kindness. Whatever you decide, make it one of your New Year's resolutions keeping the spirit of giving alive all year long.

January Events to Start the Year Right
New Year's Resolutions for Health & Wellness
You know it is a good idea, but where to start??

Walking Groups are a great way to meet friends
and get in shape. Several of CLC's neighborhood groups - OMI Fog Walkers and St. Francis Square to name a couple - have walking groups. They are free and fun! Interested in joining or starting one in your neighborhood? Email us at info@sfcommunityliving.org or give us a call at 415-821-1003.

Improving Strength and Balance  is a focus of the  Always Active Program in Cayuga and at other sites around the City. See the Always Active website for a list of times and locations . And starting Thursday, January 14 at 11:30am , our multi-talented Connector LaNay Eastman will be offering low impact  Zumba Gold  exercise and dance again at Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center in the OMI.

Fighting Type II Diabetes is important as it becomes more prevalent as we get older. Learn what you can do  Friday, January 15 at 11:00am at Bethel Church, 2525 Alemany to tackle this common and increasingly preventable illness.  You may be one of the nearly 1 in 4 people who may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition. 

Taking Charge of Your Life and your future with upcoming workshops - SDA's Senior and Disability Survival School starting January 12th and CLC's Connections for Healthy Aging Workshops - call Marcia at 415-359-1816 for upcoming dates and times.  

Mayor Edwin M. Lee's Inaugural Address 
Let's see what Mayor Lee has to say about making San Francisco a more Aging and Disability Friendly City in his final term. Hear the Mayor Friday, January 8, 11:30 at San Francisco City Hall (doors open to the public on 10:30) and also shown on SF GovTV as an "on demand" video following his address. 

From Exclusion to Inclusion: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Regional Center 
Help them keep the promise for the next 50 years by supporting their specialevent Wednesday, January 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Pomeroy recreation and Rehabilitation Center, 207 Skyline Boulevard, San Francisco. 

Tickets available here To mail checks for donations or registration, please send to:  Lifehouse-SPAC,  Attn: Nancy Dow Moody,  899 Northgate Drive, Suite 500,  San Rafael, CA 94903,  Tickets: $50 ($25 for persons served) or contact Barry Benda at  (415) 618-0012 ext.223,  bbenda@brilliantcorners.org. 
200 Voices Raised 
The Summit of Older Adult Choirs at Herbst Theatre will take place on Wednesday, January 27th at 2:30pm, where almost 200 Older Adults will come together for an afternoon of beautiful singing, free to the public!   Click to download electronic versions of the poster and postcards that you can share with your community. RSVP today for your free ticket at summit2016.eventbrite.com

Neighborhood Empowerment Network Awards 
Cayuga neighbors celebrate the holidays
Congratulations to CLC Community Connector Patti Sp aniak and Rev. Glenda Hope, as their work in the Cayuga Heights neighborhood is being honored by the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) as the "Come Back Neighborhood of the Year." The event is being held on January 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at City Hall.  NEN awards are given at an annual celebration in honor of the individuals and organizations that take an active role in improving SF neighborhoods.  For more info about NEN awards and to register, go to empowersf.org/nenawards

Be Savvy About the Facts 
HIV and Aging - Do You Know How This Is Impacting San Franciscans?
The San Francisco Long Term Care Coordinating Council LTCCC) heard an excellent overview of the issue from its HIV and Aging workgroup at its December meeting.  The LTCCC voted to accept the Recommendations and to help the Workgroup to continue its efforts to get key recommendations implemented. 
Computer Classes & Tutoring 
Computer Classes and Tutoring 
We have a great roster of classes, tutoring opportunities and presentations tohelp bring in a more connected new year. This month's topics include making calendars, email basics, photo cards, Photoshop, and more.  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 4:00 and at other sites listed on the schedule.  

And Congratulations to CLC computer trainer Maria Campos, who was honored for her dedicated work with seniors in the computer lab and beyond at Centro Latino de San Francisco in the Mission.   
Connectors Build Communities & Friendships
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. 

Michael and his sister Megan have been delivering healthy groceries to participants in  CLC's Park Merced/University Park food network since 2010. Michael enjoys the personal connections he's made with participants-and adds, "it's more than a food delivery - we become part of each other's lives. We share the joys and frustrations of life."

Carlos came to  SF as a teenager from Lima, Peru and has been packing and delivering groceries for the past several years. One of his favorite stops is a special Grandmother who cooks for every  
member of her family, grand children and great grandchildren--she's always cooking. Carlos's caring smile along with the pantry goods makes every delivery extra special. Read more about Megan, Michael and Carlos on our blog. 

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.

Turkeys Fly to Good Homes for the Holidays
Thanks to the generosity of Glide's Food Program and scores of caring volunteers, 1,000 turkeys were delivered to those who could use this holiday blessing. Over 35 organizations came together to help each other deliver turkeys and "fixings" along with information and other special gifts. See more pictures from the OMI, Parkmerced, and Bayview deliveries on our blog. 

Y ou can help help throughout the year - we are especially seeking drivers who can help with door to door grocery delivery a few hours each month. Email info@sfcommunityliving.org to join in. 

Thanks, Francis Goldsmith. Your Gift Keep Giving 
We are the fortunate recipient of a bequest through the United Way of the Bay Area to serve seniors with vision and hearing loss, including participants in the adult day programs.  As in past years, some of the funds are used to purchase assistive devices (both low and high tech) - things neither the recipients nor centers have funds to provide. Community Connector LaNay Eastman seemed a little like a holiday elf as package after package arrived for her to deliver to appreciative seniors.  

Read More about the Goldman Vision and Hearing Initiative and other programs that serve seniors and persons with hearing and vision challenges. Or download the current Directory of Resources for assistance with Vision and Hearing Disabilities.
Comcast Holiday Celebration Where Gifts Abound
In December Comcast and its community partners (pictured right) hosted a special holiday celebration and Internet Essential for Seniors enrollment event. 

With lots of bi-lingual assistance available and a fun atmosphere, over 60 people were enrolled for low cost internet with free installation.  But more than that, those who signed up were entered in a drawing for a free laptop computer and lots of seniors went home with this special gift. See more pictures on our blog here

Transportation Fair Rolling to a New Neighborhood 
Transportation is a significant issue for our Cayuga and OMI neighbors, especially seniors and those with disabilities. 

Join us for the CLC Transportation Fair scheduled for 
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 and learn how to access a variety of transportation services: taxi, Muni, Para-transit, BART and other ride-sharing services. 
Learn More and download a flyer here.

Wishing You A Kinder, More Connected New Year
Community Living Campaign's team of Connectors and Trainers is growing, thanks to your financial support.  In return, We send our best wishes and best efforts to make this a kinder, more connected San Francisco!

Judy Auda ~ Maria Campos ~ Ruth Craig ~ Liz Dunlap ~ 
LaNay Eastman ~ 
Deb Glen ~   Paul Grant ~ Karen Holt ~ 
Marie Jobling ~ Janis Kaempfe ~ 
Alan Kaufman ~ 
Kate Kuckro ~ Marta Lindsey ~ Wanda Liu Florence Lu ~  
Rob McBride ~  Marcia Peterzell ~ Susan Poor ~ Jose Santamaria ~
Linda Silver ~  Patti Spaniak ~  Beverly Taylor ~  Joan Teter ~ 
Rochelle Towers ~ Betty Traynor ~  Jennifer Walsh