San Francisco Village
Since 2009, San Francisco Village has been enriching the lives of older San Franciscans by providing them with the community, connections and expertise they need to stay in charge of their lives. As a non-profit membership organization, we invite people from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds who want to feel fully engaged as they age, and realize that together we’re better.
With a staff of five and a non-member volunteer corps of 175, San Francisco Village includes more than 375 members ranging in age from 60 – 96, located across 25 different neighborhoods.
As we age our social networks change: friends move or pass away, health and financial resources shift. We need support at every age, but especially as we get older. So creating new connections late in life, while staying in our home for as long as possible, is vital to facing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Doing so with a team of kindred spirits who can empathize with these challenges is the gateway to shared experience and a deep sense of belonging. San Francisco Village is that gateway.
In June 2006, a committed group of local leaders, residents, and health care experts came together – inspired by a New York Times article about Beacon Hill Village and aging-in-place – to address their concerns about aging and housing situations for older people in San Francisco. The committee spent the next two years focusing on conceptualizing the service model, securing initial funding and confirming the organization’s 501(c)(3) status.
In January 2009, San Francisco Village officially launched and started offering member services. At its inception, the Village served older adults residing in the Richmond District, but as word spread, membership expanded to include people living in neighborhoods all over San Francisco.
The Village Movement
San Francisco Village is part of the national Village Movement. Established in 2002, the Village Movement has since grown to include more than 350 Villages – there are 200 active Villages across the country, with an additional 150 in development.
San Francisco Village is one of nearly 60 Villages in the state of California, and we’re proud to be leading the effort to create the California Village Coalition (CVC). The CVC aims to connect Villages across the state to strengthen impact, accelerate growth, and ensure sustainability of the Village Movement. Together, we advocate for innovative, community-based solutions to improve quality of life and expand choices at all stages of aging, empowering older adults to sustain independence through community and remain in charge of their lives as they age.
Board of Directors
Claudia Lewis, JD
Attorney / Community Organizer
Long Term Care Strategist
Finance / Accounting
Patrick Arbore, Ed.D.
Founder & Director, Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention, Institute on Aging
Vice President, Information Technology
Aging and Adult Services Strategist
International Development / Nonprofit Management / Training Consultant
Since membership fees cover only one quarter of our operating expenses, funders are critical to ensuring that San Francisco Village can continue to provide quality programming and services to our members. San Francisco Village is deeply grateful for the generous support of our donors.
Interested in learning more, or just want to say hello? We’d love to hear from you!
volunteer since 2013