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Archive for November, 2009

I am still working to get the word out about our services. There are days when it feels like a tedious process that takes meeting one person at a time. Today, however, was reaffirming in that the calls I received show that the word is slowly spreading.

I met with Lolita Kintanar last week for a long and fruitful discussion. She is the Director of Canon Kip Senior Center and is establishing the new Aging and Disability Resource Center there, which is a consolidation of the ten some Senior Resource Centers that closed down across San Francisco this year. The Center does weekly outreach to many organizations across the city to bring these resource services to Seniors. Lolita has worked in the field for decades and was not only a wealth of information but of passion, ambition, networking and encouragement. I am so grateful for her interest in helping VeraMax get established and work to meet the needs of this vulnerable population.

I also attended the Senior Action Network‘s SHAC meeting. It is a monthly meeting of the Senior Housing Action Committee. Those on the committee have been doing this work for some time and are an incredible resource for issues with Senior Housing in San Francisco. In the meeting, the members created an agenda of areas to focus on in 2010. They were incredibly welcoming and excited about the new service we are providing. I plan to become an active member of this committee.

In the spirit of the new movement Idealist.org launched this week, I am really looking forward to collaborating with organizations in this city, not to meet the needs of VeraMax, but those of our homeless Seniors who deserve our respect, our attention and our support.

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Project Homeless Connect

Before the clients came...PHC at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Last week I volunteered at Project Homeless Connect. As always, it was an amazing event. If you haven’t yet, I strongly encourage you to check them out. It was their 5th Anniversary and their largest ever, with 1,245 volunteers providing services to 2,623 San Franciscans in profound need. It is quite a sight to see so many different services available all under one roof for one day. Quite the production to say the least!

Project Homeless Connect

Alicia Volunteering as a Housing Counselor at PHC

I volunteered as a Housing Counselor, providing information on how to find and apply for affordable housing in San Francisco. I saw men and women, young and old, of many backgrounds and ethnicities, all with a story to tell. I was able to meet with staff from several different organizations and exchange information so that we can collaborate. I came away inspired and hopeful.

Outside PHC

Alicia at the end of a long day at Project Homeless Connect

At the next PHC, I plan to have our own table to meet and help older homeless women. I will need some volunteers to help, so if anyone is interested, please shoot an email to our Volunteer Coordinator at VeraMaxVolunteers@gmail.com. It will be on December 9th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. You can volunteer all day or for a short shift.

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