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LGBTQIA+ book club for older adults, 5 years of success

Five years ago, the Senior Peer Counseling program at Peninsula Family Service (PFS) hosted the first meeting of the LGBTQ+ Book Club in San Mateo County. Senior Peer Counseling staff and volunteers believed the book club would create a sense of community for all who participated. Membership was open to all in the LGBTQ+ community, including allies and advocates, and the books selected were as diverse as the members of the Book Club. During those…

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A second chance to grow mature worker careers

When Oliva was laid-off from her job, she worried that when it was safe to return to work, it would be more challenging to be hired as a mature worker. Her extensive career as an Administrative Assistant had been successful; she hoped that she would find new employment soon. Her desire to receive assistance with her job search prompted Olivia to enroll in the Mature Worker Job-Coaching Program at Peninsula Family Service (PFS), and to…

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Got Wheels! members get free rides to SFO for drive-through vaccination

Got Wheels! members get free rides to SFO for drive-through vaccination UPDATE:  PFS staff and writer, Cherie Querol Moreno, has been featured in Philippine News Today on March 8, 2021. Read the article, Free rides to San Francisco airport drive-thru vaccination, by clicking here: https://pnewstoday.com/free-rides-to-san-francisco-airport-drive-thru-vaccination/ SAN MATEO, Calif. – Effective immediately, members of Got Wheels! may take FREE round-trip rides for drive-through vaccination at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Got Wheels! is the Peninsula Family…

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Café Saludable Grows During COVID-19

Café Saludable Grows During COVID-19 Peninsula Family Service announces partnership with Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs SAN MATEO, Calif. – Peninsula Family Service (PFS) announces growth in our continued partnership and grant award from Kaiser Permanente to provide healthy and nutritious meals to adults age 60+ at the Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center in Redwood City, CA. The participants of Café Saludable have significant and diverse health needs that have been exacerbated by…

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Got Wheels! expands on the Peninsula and Coast Side

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Got Wheels!, the affordable transportation program launched by Peninsula Family Service last year in Daly City and extended this summer to Colma and Brisbane, is moving forward to serve nine other cities in the county and a major commuter hub in the region. Effective Nov. 25, 2020, residents of South San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, El Granada, Montara, Moss Beach and Half Moon Bay who are 70 years and…

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Older Adult Services Update Before and During COVID-19

Older Adult Services before COVID-19   Got Wheels! In partnership with the County of San Mateo and Serra Yellow Cab, PFS launched the Got Wheels! pilot program in June 2019. The program serves Daly City residents ages 70+ to schedule up to six rides a month for just $5 per one-way trip within Daly City limits. Help@Hand PFS partnered with the state of California and San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) to…

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Wellness Checks and Support for our Aging Neighbors

Our Older Adult Services Senior Peer Counselors are working hard during shelter-in-place. Instead of weekly face-to-face visits, volunteers are on the phone and using technology to provide wellness checks with adults age 55+, either in a one-to-one setting or in virtual groups. It is more important than ever to reach out to our neighbors who feel isolated and need additional services. There has been a surge of need for wellness checks among older adults, according…

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Filipino senior peer counselors listen with their hearts

Tessie Mamaril- Madrinan, Peninsula Family Service coordinator of the Filipino Peer Counseling program, has been featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer for her community work. “Through our programs, we reduce rates of illness and injury, maintain mobility, promote independence, and ensure aging members of our community live better, together,” Madrinan recites program outcomes. “We train volunteer counselors who make weekly home-visits. Through our diverse services, we’re able to personalize support and develop an individualized approach…

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A Special Need for Our LGBTQ+ Adults Ages 55+

Our Senior Peer Counselors (SPC), a diverse and inclusive group of volunteers, show compassion for our community members ages 55+ who request peer counseling. This group of specially-trained volunteer counselors provide weekly one-on-one visits or facilitate a support group for older adults. The counseling helps older adults manage transitions and life changes including health concerns, mobility issues, caregiver needs, loss, and grief. All counselors have completed over thirty-six hours of training to learn active listening…

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Best Nonprofits to work for in SF Bay Area

Peninsula Family Service (PFS) has been featured as one of twenty-seven best nonprofits to work for in the SF Bay Area per the job search website Localwise. The staff at PFS are thrilled to be featured on the list. Bert Valerio, a treasured staff member, summed up our reaction best, “Something in our work culture makes it unique to stand out among the best in the Bay Area, as in this listing of top non-profits…

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