Set your alarm! The second annual Openhouse EyeOpener breakfast is coming!

Our first EyeOpener breakfast in 2013 was a terrific success. Business leaders, community members, senior advocates and activists alike joined Openhouse in to hear Chip Conley deliver a fascinating and moving account of his career as an entrepreneur and his insights into LGBT aging.

This year’s event promises to be even more bracing as we move a new, larger venue at the Francis Drake Hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Featured speaker Barbara French, Vice Chancellor for Communications and University Relations at UCSF, will speak about UCSF’s research on aging and its applications to today’s therapies and care, including the growing population of LGBT seniors. Barbara has had a distinguished career in the field of communications and public relations, and has served on the board of several leading nonprofit organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Project Open Hand, and San Francisco’s LGBT community center. She oversees strategic communications for the development of UCSF’s new women’s, children’s and cancer hospital complex at Mission Bay.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet colleagues, network, and learn about the latest research on aging and the exciting future of Openhouse. This year’s event is co-chaired Bertie Brouhard, Julian Chang, Sonia Sousa, Frank Woo.

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Care Partners, Caregivers and Health Care Providers of LGBT Older Adults

Openhouse, Stanford Geriatric Education Center, Family Caregiver Alliance, and Alzheimer’s Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter formed a Partnership to provide an educational program on caregiving issues and needs of diverse LGBT older adults with dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease. The 1-day education program will be held on February 20, 2015 in San Francisco. The intended audience includes the LGBT community, family, friend and partner caregivers, healthcare/social service providers and policy makers.
We request and appreciate your help to identify priority topics about dementia care and caregiving for this program by completing this survey as best you can.
All information will be kept confidential and will be used as aggregate data to plan this important educational program. We appreciate your response by September 15 or sooner. Thank you.
Click here to take the survey.

A New Program 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.

Leftwich Blogs Openhouse

Leftwich Event Specialists congratulate Openhouse on the great success of the 10th annual Spring Fling. Leftwich was a premiere sponsor of the event and provided Openhouse with its professional event expertise. This year’s Fling was our best ever, raising over $230,000 for our programs and services to LGBT seniors. Thank you Leftwich! Read more…

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.

Click here to see our September events and programs

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In The News

Openhouse is proud to award Pam David the 2014 Adelman/Gurevitch Founders Award. Please see the 5-minute video with Pam and Marcy Adelman, posted here on our blog and on our YouTube page.

A new SF BayTimes column
by Openhouse Founder, Marcy Adelman

Click link to see Marcy’s latest interview: “Healing the Wounded AIDS Warrior: An Interview with Tez Anderson”

A new SF BayTimes column
by Openhouse Founder, Marcy Adelman

Click link to see guest columnist Erica J. Erney’s article: “Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiving & Connection: You Are Not Alone on This Journey”

March 6, 2014
LGBT aging panel zeroes in on housing

A new SF BayTimes column
by Openhouse Founder, Marcy Adelman

Click link to see guest columnist Seth Kilbourn’s article: “Building Connections Is the Key to Healthy Aging”

A new SF BayTimes column
by Openhouse Founder, Marcy Adelman

Click link to see Marcy’s article: “Challenges and Opportunities”

Long-stalled S.F. housing project for LGBT seniors on track
“The city gets 440 units of much-needed housing, including apartments aimed at the LGBT seniors of the nearby Castro district but open to anyone meeting the project’s age and income requirements. The neighbors get a small park and a community garden that will be maintained by the developer, as well as a new development where aging, vacant, graffiti-tagged buildings once stood…   For the people and groups who have been pushing the project for years, the finish line finally is in sight.” Read More…

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Know Your Rights and Claim Your Money: The Video

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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!

SF Planning Commission Approves City’s First LGBT-Welcoming Senior Housing

The City’s first and the country’s largest affordable housing specifically welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors to be developed by Openhouse and Mercy Housing California was approved unanimously Thursday by the San Francisco Planning Commission.  The development includes 110 apartments for low-income seniors, Openhouse service offices and an activity center for residents and LGBT seniors from across the City. Over 25,000 LGBT seniors live in San Francisco alone, many of whom do not access senior services and housing for fear of rejection and compromised care.   Read More…

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