Senior Spotlight: ‘Dignity Fund’ Proposal May Secure Senior Services

Members of Cayuga Connectors support the proposed ‘Dignity Fund’ charter amendment. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PATTI SPANIAK

As the paper goes to press, the negotiating the coming year’s budget are underway and it appears that the demonstrations and testimony of seniors and service providers has convinced City Hall to maintain the current level of funding for senior services.

Advocates and senior-serving agencies have developed an amendment to the city’s charter that will ensure more stable funding and increase the level of funds available for senior services. Last month, seven supervisors signed on to the Dignity Fund and Mayor Ed Lee indicated he is supportive. The measure, headed for the November ballot, calls for sustained funding of services and support to ensure that San Francisco “seniors and adults with disabilities are able to live with dignity, independence, and choice in their homes and communities.”

If passed, the fund will be administered by the Department of Aging and Adult Services. An oversight and advisory committee will be established to ensure that the funds are spent equitably, where best practices are employed and where the needs are highest.

Most senior agencies will hold informational meetings about the Dignity Fund over the next few months. And, of course, as the election nears, our mailboxes will be filled with information. For more information about the Dignity Fund, visit

Cayuga Community Connectors Calendar

Computer Class for Beginners: Every Thursday in July at 1 p.m. at Bethel Center at 2525 Alemany Blvd.; patient teachers for seniors looking to learn how to operate their smart phone, computer and tablets; or maybe you want to learn what technology talk is all about? Join us—we’re looking for people who never operated a computer.

Cayuga Fundraiser/Potluck/Birthday Hootenanny Celebration: At noon on July 9, this is a ticketed event and potluck will have live entertainment and prizes at Bethel Center. Bring a Dish!

Coffee Hour at the Bethel Center: Every Monday at 11 a.m. gather with your neighbors for a cup of Joe on the second Monday of the month.

Cayuga Playground Clean Up: Every Thursday, weather permitting, meet with Chris at Cayuga Playground at 9:30 a.m. to paint, weed and spruce up our park!

Cayuga Community Yard Sale:  The yard sale will be at the entrance to the Cayuga playground on Saturday, Sept. 3.

If you have skills to share, an idea for a community project or would like more information on any of the above activities, contact Patti Spaniak at (646) 409-7775 or

I.T. Bookman Center Calendar

The last Friday of every month, I.T. Bookman Center at 446 Randolph St. hosts a free senior luncheon, followed by a presentation.  The Center also offers free exercise classes.  For more information, contact Kristin Rosboro at (415) 586-8020.

Community Connector OMI Program presents two programs: The OMI Home Delivery Grocery program has moved to the IT Bookman Center for the summer with new delivery days, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month.   We have openings for seniors who want to join the program, as well as for volunteers of any age who can join us in packing groceries.

Free, new Zumba Gold class at I.T. Bookman for seniors 50 and older: Every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. For more information on either program, contact Deb Glen, (415) 846-7717 or

Mission YMCA Calendar

The Mission YMCA Senior Center at 4080 Mission St., offers a full day’s program for older adults. Exercise, nutrition, dance and educational classes and daily lunch. Free health screenings on a drop-in basis are available on the second and fourth Fridays. Every Tuesday, the Food Bank provides one bag of groceries and one bag of produce to low income seniors. This program is currently accepting applications.

The Mission YMCA also offers monthly excursions to casinos and other sites. For more info, call (415) 452-7574.

OMI Senior Center Calendar

The OMI Senior Center at 65 Beverly St.—open every weekday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.—is home to the Aging & Disability Resource Center which offers a daily lunch program; computer tutoring in Chinese every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; exercise programs on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and a creative arts program on Fridays from 9 to 10:30 a.m.  The food pantry is open on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. For more information, contact Tiffany Huynh at (415) 334-5550.

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