Openhouse Board and Executive Director Announce Leadership Transition

Agency Praises Outgoing Executive Director Seth Kilbourn for His Leadership and Milestone Achievements

March 29, 2016 – San Francisco – Openhouse, San Francisco’s leading non-profit agency serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors, announced today that Seth Kilbourn is leaving the organization at the end of May after eight successful years as Executive Director. The Board will launch a national search for Kilbourn’s replacement.

“Under Seth’s leadership, Openhouse has succeeded in making LGBT-welcoming senior housing a reality in San Francisco,” said Bill Scherer, president of the Openhouse board. “Openhouse has grown into a multi-service agency that today helps thousands of seniors every year maintain their independence and improve their health. We are thankful to Seth for his leadership and passion in driving our mission forward. The enduring foundation that we have built together means we can support the needs of our community for many years to come.”

“I am deeply grateful to Bill and the Board for their leadership, and to the extraordinary staff for their commitment and talent,” said Kilbourn. “Together we have built an organization that is having a measurable impact on the lives of thousands of LGBT seniors. The milestones we have achieved and the strength of the organization provide an important opportunity for me to plan my next chapter.”

During Kilbourn’s tenure, the agency’s operating budget increased from $500,000 to $1.8 million. He led the Board and staff through a comprehensive strategic planning process in 2013, resulting in a five-year plan that continues to guide the agency’s growth and measure its progress. As a result of his commitment to the seniors of San Francisco, Openhouse served nearly 2,000 LGBT older adults in 2015—a 300% increase since completing the strategic plan.

After many years of advocacy and a huge community-wide campaign in 2010, the City of San Francisco approved and financed the development of LGBT-welcoming senior housing that Openhouse had planned and promoted for many years. The first 40 units of the long-envisioned senior housing and new Openhouse Service Center will open in August. A second phase of construction, which begins in October, includes an additional 79 apartments and an Openhouse Program Center.

“The opening of the city’s first LGBT-welcoming senior housing community manifests the vision that has driven this organization for many years and I am particularly proud to have helped Openhouse deliver on that promise to the community,” said Kilbourn. “I look forward to supporting Openhouse through this transition, and in the years ahead.”


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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.

Events and Programs for Seniors

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.

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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!