Fighting for Our Future in San Francisco 
Keep Dignity Fund - Prop I - Front and Center 
people at press conference

The Dignity Fund Coalition came together with the Supervisors and community leaders to help pump up the volume about Proposition I, the Dignity Fund with several press conferences and  lots of outreach.   Find more pictures and stories on Facebook . As we enter the final days of the Campaign, it is all about visibility.   Keep reading to find more ways you can help!   Join Fiona Hinze, Supervisor Eric Mar, Rev. Norman Fong,  Cathy and DC Spensley, Wonder Woman and of course Dignity Dog (pictured clockwise) in pushing the  Dignity Fund over the top. 

people iwth Prop I signs on their  head and dignity dog
dignity dog and wonder woman

Dignity Fund Coalition Still Needs YOU!
dignity dog and friend with Prop I signs
There are still lots of opportunities to make Prop I visible. Help ensure funding for seniors and people with disabilities by talking with voters at farmers markets, transit stops, and even wearing a giant I or Dignity Dog costume. Can you help? Email Gywnn at Or simply  sign up at .  
You can also download campaign flyers in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian 
Help us finish the campaign in the black with a donation of any size at
Make Your Priorities Known - Vote! 
button that says every vote counts
Hang In There - Don't let the long ballot discourage you. Take the time. Do you homework by checking out the endorsements of groups you trust, whose slate cards are often in your mailbox or available on-line. For recommendations from a senior and disability perspective, check out California Alliance for Retired Americans and locally  Senior and Disability Action. For more background and details, read SF Election Handbook or visit Public Press or League of Women Voters.  

Vote Early at City Hall
Any voter may vote at the City Hall Voting Center, located outside Room 48. The building is fully accessible and an accessible voting machine is available for voters with disabilities. Monday to Friday, October 11-November 7, 2016 - 8am-5pm, November 5-6, 2016 - 10am-4pm (enter City Hall on Grove Street)
Tuesday, November 8 Election Day! 7am-8pm


Find your polling place - look up here.

For more information on your voting rights, and ballot recommendations from senior and disability groups, check out our recent Voting blog post on
Connectors Build Communities & Friendships
Breast Cancer Support Luncheon 
breast cancer luncheon participants in matching pink shirts
Gigi Hill-Hopkins, African American Holistic Wellness Program Director from the Bayview Y (pictured left front) joined over 60 friends and neighbors for the annual OMI Breast Cancer Luncheon on October 13th. Gigi's enthusiasm and soulful belief in the benefits of staying healthy and strong has energized communities throughout San Francisco. The LCOS Breast Cancer Support Group meets monthly at the Lutheran Church of our Savior to participants take care of themselves physically and mentally. For more information, please contact the Community Living Campaign at 415-821-1003 or Barbara Tate at See more pictures on CLC's Healthy Aging blog.  
group of seniors
Rachel Fontenot & Abigail Miller (Americorps members) helped the group learn about Rebuilding Together resources. 
November Activities 
located at  Bethel Community Center,  2525 Alemany at Ottawa).

Every Monday - Starting at 9:45 am, Exercise, Meet your Neighbors for Coffee, then stay and Write your Personal Memoir

Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 11am - Come learn about Excelsior Works! It's a new center on Mission Street where residents of every age and culture can find workforce programs and services at one convenient Excelsior site.  Excelsior Works! makes it easier to receive assistance-- in English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Tagalog - and help collaborating organizations provide assistance in multiple languages.

Thursday, Nov. 10 at 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Build a Native Bee Box at Excelsior Science Workshop on San Juan.
Holiday Crafts - Nov. 11th (11am), 16th (at 1pm) and 18th (11:00am) - Holiday Crafts using recycled materials
Monday, Nov. 14th Celebrate our November Birthdays after exercise.
Thursday, Nov. 17 at 11am Join UCSF Physical Therapists for a workshop on Balance and Fall Prevention: Includes line dancing and small group discussions. 
For more details, contact Patti Spaniak at
Volunteers Needed for Holiday Turkey Delivery 
volunteers loading food bags
Each year, CLC partners with Glide Food Program and other organizations to deliver 1,000 turkeys to seniors and families in need.  This year, that delivery will be on Wednesday, December 14th starting around Noon in the Bayview, OMI and Parkmerced/University Park area. 
Because of the large number of turkeys that need to fly to good homes that day, we are looking for drivers and other helpers to get turkeys and fixings to those in need. If you can help with packing and delivering, please call 415-821-1003 or email
A Pioneer Who Sought Justice for Homecare Providers and Consumers 
book with title Beatrice and Lucia
With the passing of Karen Zullo Sherr this week, we lost an early champion in the movement to assure better wages and working conditions for homecare workers. She was equally passionate about protecting the rights of seniors and people with disabilities to have real choices to age in their own homes and communities.  

Throughout her career, which included work with Meals on Wheels, Catholic Charities, Planning for Elders in the Central City and SEIU Local 250, she raised awareness, sparked creative thinking, organized and mobilized - to create the San Francisco Public Authority, to earn labor representation for homecare providers and to promote dialogue in so many other ways.  

While painting and the arts took center stage in her life once she retired, she used her creative talents to help us see the issues through the eyes of others throughout her career.  One such effort was the book of drawings that focused on the relationship between a senior and her homecare provider. We have a few copies of Beatrice and Lucia - if you would like one, email
Computer Classes and Connectivity 
SF Tech Council Hears about Longevity Explorers
man at podium with picture of senior on the computer screen
Each month, the SF Tech Council meets at the Netherlands Consulate to coordinate to help bridge the digital divide.  Last month,  Dr. Richard Caro  presented about his organization, Tech-enhanced Life, with particular focus on Longevity Explorers. These  Longevity Explorer circles  consist of small groups (5-20) of older adults, who meet face to face monthly to
  • explore unmet needs related to growing older;
  • try out, critique and compare various interesting products; and
  • engage in brainstorming and ideation about possible ideas for new and better products to help improve quality of life as we age
Learn More  about Tech-enhanced Life here.
Stay Engaged with Computer Classes and Tutoring
woman teach about a computer

We have a great roster of classes, tutoring opportunities and presentations. This month's topics include Twitter, Pinterest, Digital Photography, 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.

Community Events & Information 
Medi-Cal Working Disabled Program Offers Help 
piggu bank with a sign that says save
CLC had our first success helping someone enroll in the Medi-Cal Working  Disabled Program. Because of this, she will be able to earn a few extra dollars and will have her large share of cost on Medi-Cal eliminated.  Jose Santamaria, CLC Community Connector, helped her navigate through to a successful conclusion.  She recently wrote to thank Jose,, "thanks so much for all your diligent work and help...No matter how discouraging Medi-Cal was, no matter how frustrating the process became, you calmly and persistently kept at it until I got the acceptance letter."

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.  
An Ounce (Ouch) of Prevention
woman getting a flu shot
The flu can be a serious problem but prevention from most strains of influenza are free and just require a quick prick of pain. DAAS Director Shireen McSpadden took a minute to get her vaccine in the lobby of 1650 Mission, in a program provided by the Health Services System for San Francisco.  Flu shots are covered by most all insurance plans and are available in just about every health provider office and pharmacy in the City.   Get out there and get your flu shot   as soon as possible, as it takes a few weeks for the resistance  to develop.