An opportunity to help improve services to older adults and adults with disabilities

From the San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS):

The San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services is currently conducting the 2022 Dignity Fund Community Needs Assessment (DFCNA) to understand the strengths, challenges, and gaps in services to older adults and adults with disabilities in San Francisco.

The District 7 Community Forum is taking place on Monday, December 6th 11:00-12:30. Register here .

If residents can’t attend the Zoom forum on Monday they are welcome to attend any other alternate dates for the forum and/or fill out the Dignity Fund survey.

We are hoping to hear from as many older adults as possible to inform the next round of funding for services for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.

DAS also has a single webpage corralling all the information about the DFCNA and ways for community members to share their input with the Department. This site is now live:

Sunnysider Ernesto Maystas honored by Board of Supervisors

District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee formally recognized Community Living Campaign’s Sunnyside Good Neighbor Ernesto Maystas with a Certificate of Honor from the Board of Supervisors earlier this week.

Ernesto is a special Sunnyside neighbor and a Sunnyside Community Connector, the program that helps keep neighborhood seniors in touch and healthy.

Sunnyside Neighborhood Association congratulations Ernesto on this well-deserved honor.

Continue reading “Sunnysider Ernesto Maystas honored by Board of Supervisors”

Free Covid Testing

[UPDATE January 2021: This information may be outdated or inaccurate.]

Free covd-19 testing is available every Monday (10 AM to 6 PM) at the Crocker Amazon Playground Parking Lot (Moscow Street between Italy and France; additional parking on Geneva).

No preregistration or ID required. For all ages. Program sponsored by the San Francisco Dept of Public Health and other organizations.

ALSO: Additional pop-up testing site on Saturday, October 24th (10 AM to 6 PM) at the Valente Parking, 4840 Mission Street (walk through to rear).


Community Connectors leading light Patti Spaniak-Davidson featured in SF Examiner

Read a recently published piece about Community Living Campaign director Patti Spaniak-Davidson in Denise Sullivan’s SF Lives Examiner column here:

Read about how she came to San Francisco, and her heartfelt goals in leading the exemplary senior program, which includes Sunnyside Community Connectors. Patti has worked hard to keep seniors connected in this extraordinarily difficult era, and she well deserves this public recognition.

Aug 18: Resilient Sunnyside meeting – share your stories

You are invited to join SF Community Living Campaign and SNA for a special meeting “Resilient Sunnyside” on Tuesday August 18th, 3:30-4:30 PM via Zoom. Meeting outline at the end of this post. Read more about resilient neighborhoods here. 

From Community Living Campaign:

This is our fourth in a series and has been an important opportunity to exchange stories of hope, compassion, and joy about your neighbors during this pandemic.

The focus of the conversation is to hear stories about what is resonating and happening day-to-day with folks of how to stay safe and connected in the midst of Covid-19 while living sheltered in place. I will start off with your personal history with your neighborhood, and how your program has mobilized to meet the needs of your neighbors. I plan to then ask you to share an inspiring story about this unprecedented time in your neighborhoods. We will have time for Q&A as well.

Meeting outline found below. Zoom link: for the Roundtable. If you have a question or idea that I should include in this conversation, let me know. Please promote this virtual conversation with your network of neighbors, friends, family, community groups and elected officials.

Be well, safe & sane,

Sherri Hayes Sawyer
Vision and Hearing Accessibility Manager
Francis Goldsmith Vision & Hearing Initiative
(Email) (Phone)  (415) 821-1003 ext. 11

Community Living Campaign (CLC)
Cultivating connections to help seniors and people with disabilities age and thrive at home.

Meeting Outline for the Resilient Neighborhood- Part 4 – Sunnyside & METCC

Welcome – Lorraine

Zoom House Rules – Lorraine

Introduce Round Table Community Connector Participants -Sherri

Tell us about your personal & professional background?

  • How long have you been active in your community? Why did you get involved with your neighborhood?
  • Tell us about the history of your neighborhood association and why the need for programs for older adults?
  • Briefly describe who your residents are by age range, ethnicity & languages.

Describe how the Neighborhood Association and the Community Connector program complements each other? (i.e. events, community meetings, etc.)

What things are making a difference in your neighborhood while many residents are still stuck at home in order to meet the needs of your seniors/ and/or persons with disabilities around social isolation, COVID-19, Black Lives Matter movement, 2020 census and rapidly approaching elections?

How have you and your team mobilized to address the fear & uncertainty of being sheltered in place with no end in sight?

Why is important to invest resources to build/grow resilient neighborhoods, especially for our seniors and people with disabilities?

Q&A Time – Sherri