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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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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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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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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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Lend an ear and change a life

Senior Peer Counseling Open House If you have one hour a week, you can change a life. Many older adults in our community struggle everyday, finding it difficult to establish and maintain social connections that help them feel fulfilled. Here at Peninsula Family Service, we help older adults who are struggling to find that social connection improve their health and transform their lives. The Senior Peer Counseling Program provides FREE training and matches you with…

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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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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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