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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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Annual Report 2021: Older Adult Services

LEARNING TECHNOLOGY SKILLS to be CONNECTED Prior to COVID-19 Juan and Sofia were active participants at the Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center for years. In late 2018, Sofia noticed a health decline in Juan, which led to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. With the help of  Peninsula Family Service (PFS) staff, Sofia found several referrals to resources and financial assistance to assist with Juan’s daily needs. Unfortunately, just as they began to have a sense of…

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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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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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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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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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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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2017 Open House at Peninsula Family Service

On May 16th, Peninsula Family Service held its 2017 Open House. At the end of the work day, we opened the doors of our headquarters in downtown San Mateo to the many community supporters that bring families and individuals closer to opportunity, financial stability and wellness. We were also delighted to see some new faces! Old friends and new had a chance to meet with our Executive Director, Heather Cleary and to learn more about our…

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Chess at Fair Oaks

Do you like chess? Are you 55 or older? We might have just what you are looking for! The Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center in Redwood City has a Chess Club. According to Karel van Delft, who gave a lecture at the 2015 London Chess Conference, chess is gymnastics for the mind. Our brains are muscles, and we must exercise them to keep them healthy. Those who play chess regularly stay mentally fit, thus delaying…

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Change a life, it only takes to listen

The Senior Peer Counseling training starts this week. For information about training, contact us at 650-403-4300 Ext. 4389 or via email. Isolation is more than being alone. It is the result of feeling detached physically, psychologically, or being disconnected from support groups or family. Prolonged social isolation can equal the health risks of smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to a report from the AARP Foundation. Here at Peninsula Family Service, we believe that nobody…

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