Cast your Vote for LGBT Seniors!
Openhouse is honored to have been nominated for two (TWO!) community awards in recognition for service to the LGBT community.
The San Francisco Pride Committee has nominated Openhouse as a 2015 Organizational Grand Marshall. To vote for Openhouse click here: http:/sfpride.org/vote/
And the BAR has nominated Openhouse for their 5th annual Readers Choice Awards (the “Besties”). To vote for Openhouse click here: www.ebar.com/besties2015.
These are wonderful opportunities to honor and showcase LGBT seniors and the work Openhouse is doing. Please vote! It’s quick, easy, and fun! And tell your friends!
P.S. The BAR is offering some awesome prizes for voting, including roundtrip airfare and a 5-night stay at the Maui Sunseeker Resort.
A New Bi-Weekly Column
Dr. Marcy Adelman, Openhouse Co-Founder and Board Member oversees the Bay Times ‘Aging in Community’ column. With articles by Dr. Marcy Adelman and Other Esteemed Contributors
SFBayTimes: Aging In Community
Gray Matters: The 2014 Fall Newsletter
Openhouse’ 2014 Gray Matters newsletter is now just a click away! Enjoy lively and engaging interviews with Openhouse community members, update yourself on what we’re up to, see your name among our list of donors, and see how you can become involved.
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.
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…
Know Your Rights and Claim Your Money: The Video
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…