"For the past three and half years, every other Friday, you can find me at The ARC of San Francisco Senior Center. Join me?"
- Judi Basolo
Located at 416 Bay Street across from Trader Joe’s, the ARC’s Senior Center is a Monday through Friday safe haven for 72 seniors who are all mentally and physically challenged. Many have Down Syndrome, autism, paralysis, blindness and a variety of other conditions; most live in group housing under supervision. Open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., this senior Center offers supervised cooking classes, games, exercise, music, dance, and light medical checkups. The seniors walk to the grocery store to learn how to shop; they walk to the post office; and buses take them on field trips (fairly simple things like visiting Fort Mason or an animal shelter). Mostly, they are at the Center at supervised tables of five, doing arts and crafts, reading and sometimes just zoning out in a safe place.
The ARC doesn’t have an event, but they have needs for simple art supplies (crayons, pencils, paper, paints, art canvases, frames), board games and playing cards, some magazine subscriptions (some seniors sit and stare all day at a magazine), an atlas so that they can learn about the world, yarns for knitting, needlepoint materials, a new coffee pot and mugs, a new radio/CD player (people donate CDs to them) and cans of tuna for their lunch cupboard.
Want to get involved?
Wendy Ginther, Manager
416 Bay Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
About the Paragon Community Fund
From shelters to school arts programs, from food drives to counseling, we
participate in the services that many organizations perform in order to
make a positive difference in our community. Since 2004, the Paragon
Community Fund has provided close to $400,000 to local organizations.