55 Laguna Application Period Closed
Applications for 55 Laguna have closed. The lottery for the building will take place on July 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Francis of Assisi Senior Community, 145 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA. Applicants do not need to be present at the lottery. Results will be posted on MOHCD (www.sf-mohcd.org) and Mercy Housing websites by July 28, 2016.
Openhouse Announces Tim Daniels
As Interim Executive Director
San Francisco, CA, June 1, 2016
Tim Daniels started on May 23rd as Openhouse Interim Executive Director, replacing the outgoing Executive Director, Seth Kilbourn. In addition to managing the agency, Tim has a special charge to manage the agency’s transition to a permanent new director.
With more than 25 years of experience as a nonprofit professional, Tim has held numerous senior executive positions. He has extensive experience in leadership transitions and organizational transformations. Tim says, “It’s an exciting challenge to have been chosen by the Openhouse board to manage this crucial transition. There’s a lot riding on selecting a great new director to keep the agency’s momentum and capacity growing in pace with the aging of our community.”
Board president Bill Scherer says, “We are confident that Tim will lead the organization well during this time of transition to permanent new leadership, and maintain our momentum serving the LGBT older adults in San Francisco. Please join me in welcoming him to this important role.”
Under Seth Kilbourn’s leadership, Openhouse made LGBT-welcoming senior housing a reality in San Francisco, while growing Openhouse into a multi-service agency. Seth says, “It has been an amazing eight years. As I move on to new challenges, Openhouse will always be in my thoughts and in my heart.”
Founded in San Francisco in 1998, Openhouse works to reduce isolation and empower LGBT seniors to improve their health, well-being and economic security. In June, Openhouse and Mercy Housing will make applications available for the Openhouse senior community at 55 Laguna. This fall, Openhouse will open new offices, named the Bob Ross LGBT Senior Center thanks to a $1 million pledge from the Bob Ross Foundation. Together with a second building to start construction in 2017, these new facilities will be a vibrant hub that LGBT seniors throughout the city will call their own.
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OPENHOUSE ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION GIFT FROM
THE BOB ROSS FOUNDATION
Historic Pledge Supports Healthy Aging for LGBT Older Adults; Naming of the Bob Ross LGBT Senior Center Honors Legacy …Read More
Hot Off the Presses!
It’s been a landmark year at Openhouse, and you can read all about it in the latest issue of Gray Matters. Learn about our programs and events—from housing assistance to Friendly Visitors, lively classes, community activities, and the Spring Fling gala. You’ll find inspiring stories from community members like Jeane, Kristian, and Luis, and the latest information about how you can apply for housing at 55 Laguna. And it’s all just a click away! (Or stop by the Openhouse offices to pick up a print copy.)
Case Management at Openhouse
The Openhouse case management program offers a comprehensive look at the needs of LGBT older adults, adults with disabilities, and/or caregivers to ensure high-quality holistic care, coordination of services, and follow-through, while maintaining the dignity of each individual and addressing his/her unique needs.
Have you been discharged from the hospital and need in-home support? Experiencing a life transition and feeling overwhelmed about what to do next? Are you struggling with a challenging situation and don’t know where to turn to for help? You don’t have to figure it out on your own. Contact Openhouse’s case management program where you’ll receive compassionate support and expert care navigation and coordination services. Click here to read more about case management services at Openhouse.
ADRC at Openhouse
Openhouse is thrilled to be the new Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for LGBT Seniors across the city! The Openhouse ADRC is a hub where you can go to find answers about housing, public assistance, benefits, health care and more. The ADRC office is located on the 4th floor of the LGBT Community Center. Stop by to meet Openhouse’s newest team member, Manuel Martinez. Manuel is our ADRC Information and Assistance Specialist. He will assist community members by connecting them with a variety of programs and services.
Manuel has worked in the nonprofit community in San Francisco for the last 3 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer science and found a passion in the nonprofit sector through helping seniors and adults with disabilities in both English and Spanish.
Manuel has also been deeply involved with the LGBT and Latino Partnerships in the city to better connect service providers to additional resources that may help the communities they serve. In his new role at Openhouse, he is looking forward to continuing his work with the LGBT community as well and as continuing to share his knowledge with all seniors and adults with disabilities in the neighborhood. For information and assistance on a range of issues, call Manuel at (415) 347-8509.
Every month Openhouse offers a wide range of programs and activities for LGBT seniors. These programs include exercise classes, men’s and women’s support groups, grief counseling, health workshops, housing assistance and more. We have something for everyone. Openhouse also offers a Friendly Visitor program to provide conversation and companionship to LGBT older adults in San Francisco. To receive our monthly newsletter or to get more information about our programs, please give us a call at (415) 296-8995 or send us an email.
Openhouse Curriculum Available
We are proud to announce the release of our highly anticipated LGBT Cultural Humility Curriculum for Senior Service Providers, From Isolation to Inclusion: Reaching and Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Seniors. The cost to purchase the curriculum is $50 for individuals and $150 for agencies or organizations. Click here to learn more about the curriculum or to order yours today!