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Peninsula Family Service: Overcoming Loneliness with Care and Connections

Peninsula Family Service: Overcoming Loneliness with Care and Connections San Mateo, California: San Mateo County recently became the first county in the country to recognize loneliness as a public health emergency. The county Board of Supervisors voted on January 30, 2024, to approve a resolution introduced by Supervisor David Canepa declaring loneliness a health emergency. The Surgeon General released an advisory calling attention to the public health crisis of loneliness, isolation, and lack of connection…

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San Jose Mercury News Opinion: Santa Clara County’s Population is Aging

Santa Clara County Supervisor and champion of The Mature Worker Job Program, Joe Simitian, mentions Peninsula Family Service for its continued program offering.  As we navigate the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to overlook the importance of support services for our older adults. But it’s a conversation we need to have. Whether it’s health check-ups, assistance with daily tasks or a helping hand when they need it, support services for seniors are…

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A Message from the CEO and Board Chair

Dear PFS Friends, FY 22-23 was a rewarding and challenging year for all of us, and I am pleased to report that PFS is thriving. Our staff has completed the first year of our 2022- 2026 strategic plan, approved by the PFS Governing Board. We have five strategic goals to focus on: High- Quality Programs; Financial Resources; Marketing and Communications; Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable Culture; and Organizational Development. We are thrilled to announce that we…

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Peninsula Family Service: Getting Older Adults Connected to the Internet in San Mateo County

Patricia Duarte, the Technology Navigation Program Manager at Peninsula Family Service (PFS), was recently featured in a Partner Spotlight on Community Tech Networks’ (CTN) website. CTN’s mission is to transform lives through digital equity, and its partnership with PFS has become multifaceted. Through this partnership, PFS refers learners to CTN’s Home Connect services, providing free tablets and one-on-one technology training, as well as hosting Affordable Connectivity Program workshops helping individuals sign up for low-cost home internet.…

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Longtime Peer Counselor Retires After 10 Years

“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein. These days, successful people tend to get more out of life than they put in. But a person of value will give more than they receive. Longtime Peninsula Family Service (PFS) Peer Counselor Charles Woods recently retired from volunteering after 10 years of service where he had a positive impact on dozens of older adults.…

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Helping older adults help other older adults

This opinion piece was published in the Daily Journal on September 21, 2022: The U.S. population is growing older, and that is especially apparent in our local community. According to California Department of Finance population projections, San Mateo County will grow by more than 150,000 residents 65 and older by 2050. As the population increases, their needs increase as well, specifically those related to housing, transportation, social isolation, mental and physical health, and employment. Unfortunately,…

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Spring 2022 Program Updates

Child Development Associate Program PFS has launched our Early Learning Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Program in early 2022, and have gone through the first cohort. We are exiting the pilot phase and now planning our second cohort for the fall. The purpose of the CDA program is to support individuals with a pathway to a rewarding career working with children and at the same time to increase our teacher pipeline. Graduates will earn not…

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Peninsula Family Service “La Esperanza Vive” needs volunteers

The group “La Esperanza Vive” of the Peninsula Family Service Agency in Redwood City is looking for volunteers who speak Spanish to provide company to grandparents who due to life circumstances have been left alone. Rosa Aurora, a participant in the group, is 24 years old in the US and assures that the program has helped her. “It has helped me a lot because loneliness sometimes attacks very badly,” said Rosa. Volunteers help these people…

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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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