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Click, call or meet with 70 Strong!

Senior social isolation increases the risk of mortality; it affects the mental and physical well-being and leads to risky health behaviors. As we prepare for a growing population of older adults, Peninsula Family Service in partnership with the Sequoia Healthcare District, look to strengthen the connections between seniors and services in San Mateo County. Are you 70 or older*, or do you know and care for someone 70 or older living in Atherton, Belmont, Portola Valley, Redwood…

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The LGBTQ Book Club has started!

The Senior Peer Counseling program at Peninsula Family Service and the Reach & Teach educational center invite you to join the first LGBTQ Book Club in San Mateo. We firmly believe that everyone can make a difference in the world, and that is what has brought us together. We invite you to come read, share and learn with us in an open and judgement-free environment! Who can join? Everyone is welcome! LGBTQ Community members, friends and allies.…

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Success Story: Dependent on Independence

Like many older adults in their mid-70’s, Melvina has hung up her car keys for good. Without her car, getting herself to the grocery store, a friend’s house, or the pharmacy is more difficult than ever. Instead, she’s often stuck at home alone, limited to passing her time in front of the television. However, thanks to the support of Redi-Wheels transportation, Melvina is able to come to our Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center four days…

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Peninsula Family Service to Partner with Lyft

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Lyft to help older adults access the resources they need to stay independent. Through Lyft’s new “Concierge” platform, Peninsula Family Service can schedule rides for our participants, many of whom don’t have the smartphones necessary to use ride-sharing services. Though we currently offer taxi vouchers and connections to Redi Wheels, Concierge will provide participants with a greater level of flexibility and ease-of-use at absolutely no cost.…

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A Beautiful Day at Fair Oaks

In late June, our Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center opened its doors for a wonderful Open House. The event included live music, an art exhibition by the center’s Watercolor Class, a hands-on craft demonstration, and countless other exciting activities. Our Nonprofit Management Intern, Lisa, was on-hand to capture all the fun!

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Kaiser Permanente Awards $10,000 Grant

For more than a decade, Kaiser Permanente has played an important role in the success of our Older Adult program. Today, we are proud to announce their continued generosity through an investment of $10,000 to support wellness and nutrition at our Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center. Our partnership began in 2004 with a grant through Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Program. As part of their mission to improve the health of their members, the organization shares…

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May 6: Plant Sale Benefiting Fair Oaks

Friday, May 6 9:30am – noon Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA *cash only Stock your summer garden with organic seedlings raised and sold by the Garden Club at our Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center. Starting at just $3, plants range from vegetables and herbs, to succulents, orchids, and roses. All proceeds benefit the Garden Club. About the Garden Club Each Friday, older adults gather in the garden at Fair…

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Join us at a Senior Peer Counseling Open House!

Become a Peninsula Family Service Senior Peer Counselor and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Volunteers receive FREE training in active listening skills to support older adults who may be socially isolated, lonely, or depressed. *Training in Spanish starts April 2 Contact Victoria Valencia at 650.403.4300 ext.4321 or vvalencia@peninsulafamilyservice.org *Training in English starts May 3 Contact Geri Lustenberg at 650.403.4300 ext.4389 or glustenberg@peninsulafamilyservice.org   Learn More During One of Our Upcoming Open Houses!…

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Retired or About to Retire?

Have you ever felt alone, without a friend or family member you could turn to for advice or help? As a volunteer Senior Peer Counselor you can end isolation for older adults in our community and be the friendly face that brings indescribable happiness to someone in need. If you are retired, or about to retire, becoming a Senior Peer Counselor is the perfect opportunity to stay active and give back. Training begins on Wednesday, April 6…

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In Loving Memory

In late January, our community lost an amazing man. Harry Bilton Farmer–a Belmont resident, Bank of America Executive, and Navy submarine veteran–was a member of the very first Senior Peer Counselor graduating class in 1987. With his wife, Teresa, volunteering by his side, Harry dedicated nearly 25 years to our program and helped countless older adults navigate their advancing years. Harry’s encouragement prompted Teresa to help found La Esperanza Vive, the Spanish-speaking branch of Senior…

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