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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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A Tale of Perseverance, Teamwork, and Positivity

Timothy is a big man towering at 6’6” and his presence can be intimidating. However, when he speaks we quickly see that he is a soft-spoken gentleman with a kind demeanor and good attitude. Timothy found Peninsula Family Service (PFS) by applying to the DriveForward auto loan program. As Aileen Ochoa, our financial empowerment coordinator, worked with Timothy, it became clear that he should enroll in our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), to gain…

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Older Adults Are Healthy and Independent at Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center

Exercise more. Eat healthier. Make new friends. Spend more time exploring your hobbies. These are a few check-boxes to mark off the retirement list of a thriving older adult! The Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center, run by Peninsula Family Service, helps older adults maintain their health, independence, and quality of life. There are many services provided to older adults at the center: nutritious meals, health screenings, social activities, and fitness classes for free or reduced…

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Peninsula Family Service Career Closet

NOW OPEN Please call 650.403.4300 to make an appointment Location: 24 Second Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 The Career Closet provides participants of our Second Careers program with the opportunity to “dress for success”. The closet is also open to community members in need of business clothes. Providing career clothes to someone in need is much more than an outfit. Job searching can be daunting, especially for mature workers that are competing in the Bay…

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The Fall Senior Peer Counseling Training is Here!

Have you ever felt lonely? Or perhaps needed someone to talk to? Friends are always there to listen and to help us feel better. Unfortunately for many older adults, there are no friends left to turn to. Difficult life changes and the loss of their loved ones push many older adults deep into depression. But you can make a difference in their lives. If you live in San Mateo County and are 55 years or…

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Companionship for aging well: The Senior Peer Counseling Program

About 28% of the population 65 years and older live alone. Eight out of ten have a chronic condition or illness, and one in four experience some form of mental disorder. Often overlooked, older adults who experience loneliness and social isolation have a serious health risk, equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. In our community, older adults have a chance to fight against the negative impact that aging alone may have in their lives:…

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