Fighting For Our Future in San Francisco

Dignity Fund Legislation Moves Forward 

The Dignity Fund Coalition took another
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important step forward toward getting a funding measure on the November 8th ballot, as revised legislation moved to the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee.  The  Dignity Fund ballot measure provides an important foundation of s ustained funding for services and support to ensure that San Francisco seniors and adults with disabilities are able to live with dignity, 
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independence , and  choice  in their homes and communities. 
The legislation now has the support of a majority of the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor. Plan to join us for a Rally on the steps of City Hall on
July 19 at 12:30 followed by the expected vote by the Board of Supervisors. (If this should change, we will let you know.)  

ou can download a Short Summary   or longer Case Statement   to learn more of the details.  Willing to help? S ign up for email updates at

Supervisors Increase Funding and Support 
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Leaders like Jessica Lehman of Senior and Disability Action virtually lived at City Hall for three days last week to help make sure requested funding for seniors and people with disabilities were included on the Board of Supervisor's "Add-Back" list. And their perseverance paid off!  Highlights include:
* Food Security - $2.5 million
* Support at Home - $650,000
* Rent Subsidies - $1.5 million
* Senior Fitness - $200,000
* Other Senior & Disability Services - $450,000
These recommendations must still be approved by the Board of Supervisors in July. You can see the entire add-back list here thanks to the Human Services Network. 
Connectors Build Communities & Friendships
Connections for Healthy Aging Empower Seniors
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CLC's Connections for Healthy Aging workshop is growing its team of trainers and support. Linda Silver and Marcia Peterzell welcome Maria Guillen, Eugene Lim and Mariza Villagomez. They join Rochelle Towers and Jennifer Walsh in facilitating discussions on myths of aging, asking for help, advocating for ourselves and others in healthcare settings, and much more. 

For more info on upcoming workshops or to schedule a workshop at your site, call Marcia at  (415) 359-1816  or email  

Job Opportunity! CLC will be strengthening the team by adding a new part-time Program Coordinator/Team leader so that Maria and Linda can focus their time on leading workshops.  Please download the attached job announcement and share with those who you think might be interested. 
CLC Food Networks - A Study in Resilence
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We are extremely grateful for the flexibility and dedication of all the volunteers and community organizations who continue to make sure 150 seniors and people with disabilities get their groceries no matter what the challenge!  

The Park Merced University Park (PUP) Team is organizing their summer delivery in the Catholic Charities parking lot at 50 Broad Street. Hopefully, the weather will stay good until they can return to Minnie and Lovie Ward Rec Center in the Fall.  

To volunteer or for more information on the upcoming changes, please contact Deb Glen (OMI) at , Karen Holt (Parkmerced) at , or Chester Williams (Bayview) at
Cayuga Community Connectors 
Cayuga Community Connectors have completed two neighborhood projects - preparing for emergencies and finishing up a new mural and stairway. 
Cayuga neighbors hosted a celebration and ribbon cutting at their new mural and stairway on June 11 at the entrance of Cayuga 
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Playground.  Next on the list? A new mural in partnership with Precita Eyes, two "pop-up" computer labs about internet security, a Memory and Aging workshop series, creating Little Library boxes in the neighborhood and so much more.   See more pictures on their page on Facebook . And download a schedule of July activities here

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Computer Classes and Connectivity 
Stay Engaged with Computer Classes and Tutoring
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We have a great roster of classes, tutoring opportunities and presentations. This month's topics include photoshop, genealogy, online security, managing files  & more. 

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. See CLC's History Project.

Community Events & Information 
A Great Grand Opening in the Bayview 
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A joyful community helped celebrate the Grand Opening of the Dr. George Davis Senior Center and Residence on June 25. 
Beverly Taylor was the closing speaker in a program graced with dignitaries, including Mayors Brown and Lee, Supervisor Malia Cohen, Senator Mark Leno and Boardmember Linda Richardson. 

Special recognition due to Cathy Davis and the Bayview Senior Services Board of Directors for seeing this project through many challenges to this sunny opening day.  CLC is excited to be moving their Food Delivery Network to this new site and to working with the SF Tech Council and Comcast to make sure all the residents "get connected". For more information about current programs at the new site, go to

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Talk To Me: 
Conversations That Matter

This thought-provoking workshop is being sponsored by UCSF's Optimizing Aging Collaborative and San Francisco Village on July 14, 7:00-8:30 pm at Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay, 600 16th St.   The focus is on having meaningful conversations with those closest to us about planning for the future.   Do you struggle with having important conversations with your children, parents, other family members or loved ones regarding their plans for the future-health conditions, advance health care directives, financial plans or wills, or any of all what remains unspoken?

This free presentation might be helpful for you. The distinguished panel includes:
* Patrick Arbore, Ed.D., Friendship Line at the Institute on Aging
* Stefanie Elkins, M.A., M.M., CA Compassion & Choices
* Sarah Hooper, J.D., UC Hastings College of Law
* Eric Widera, M.D. Division of Geriatrics, UCSF

Sponsor the CLC Team in the AIDS Walk July 17
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Jennifer Walsh remains our most dedicated team captain for the Community Living Campaign at the San Francisco AIDS Walk.  Please support Jennifer and the CLC Team as we participate again this year on July 17th.  CLC is team number 1529.  Learn more and help sponsor here .  The number of people aging with HIV and AIDS is growing and this inspiring gathering of thousands is a reminder of the kindness and compassion of San Francisco.  Come join us or at least put a few dollars to encourage the CLC team.

Walk to End Alzeheimer's Gets a Boost from DAAS
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Yin Ki Shum, Valerie Coleman, Tom Nolan and Aaron Low sweeten the morning arrival at 1650 Mission Street with a Bake Sale to raise funds for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's. You can do something sweet too by walking and/or contributing here  to the Walk on Saturday, September 17th in San Francisco.Take the first step toward a world without Alzeheimer's. 
Aging & Disability Friendly SF Marks Turning Point 
A lot is happening with Aging and Disability Friendly SF! They are moving into a new
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phase, with a more formal Task Force that will be taking up finishing the baseline assessment and plan. At the same time, a number of other Aging and Disability Friendly SF activities will continue building the movement. More information will be shared over the next few months, so stay tuned!  The 
next meeting will be on Thursday, August 4, from 3:30-5:00 pm , at DAAS, 1650 Mission, 5th Floor. To learn more about where the current workgroup has been, you can see past minutes and reports here

Denise Cheung Moves To An Active Life in Retirement
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Long time Director of the Office on Aging, Denise Cheung, was honored at a recent Aging and Adult Services Commission meeting.  Joined by new Executive Director Shireen McSpadden, Denise received praise and warm wishes as she moves into retirement.  Denise has overseen CLC's DAAS Contracts from the very beginning and we wish her the best in the next stage of her journey.

Old and on the Street:  Graying of SF's Homeless 
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A homeless senior sleeps in a safe place, a few yards away from the new DAAS service Hub.
Recent stories in the New York Times commented on how the emergence of an older homeless population is creating daunting challenges for social service agencies and governments already struggling to fight poverty.  In San Francisco, the numbers of homeless individuals 60 and older has grow 30% since 2007, from 856 in 2007 to 1103 last year. Media outlets have set aside June 29th as a day for focused press about the issue to look 
Beyond Homelessness. This week, The Chronicle joins more than 70 other news organizations to focus San Francisco's attention on the seemingly intractable problem of homelessness in our city. The SF Homeless Project is exploring possible solutions that might ease, if not end, the suffering of so many thousands of people living on our streets, and improve the quality of life for all residents.  
Be An Early Sponsor of CLC's Annual Event 
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We invite you to be an early sponsor of our annual event set for September 22 5:30 to 8:00 and honoring Dr. Patrick Arbore with the Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award.   Early sponsors will appear on the invitation.  Please take a minute to download the sponsor letter and sponsor packet.  Funds raised at this event provide "seed money" for us to grow new and innovate programs and activities.