Why This Matters and How You Can Help:
Without necessary support, low-income seniors and disabled people are among the City's most vulnerable. It's likely that you know someone who could benefit or who is benefitting from services like this right now, and the need is growing.
This is where you come in: Your support will guarantee that seniors and disabled people can continue to live independently in their own homes, getting the support they need to remain vibrant members of the San Francisco community. Donate now.
The Need Now
Every month 60 new people ask for our help finding care providers, and every month we train new care providers to keep up. Recipient needs are increasing and diversifying. We need to expand the size and scope of our programming, adding more and varied trainings for care providers and more resources and levels of care for our recipients. Though the City agrees this is essential, it cannot fund it.
The "Senior Tsunami" is coming. By 2030, 26% of San Franciscans will be seniors – that's about 100,000 more seniors. It is the fastest growing population in the City, the group with the highest rate of poverty, and with age, rates of disability increase. Boomers are crossing the need threshold every day; this is having a big impact on the demographics and workings of the City. We are acting NOW to address this mounting need.
Our partner, The Public Authority, is limited in its ability to scale and implement innovative new programming because the government funding it receives is restricted to a narrow set of required services, and it is not permitted to raise funds from private sources. Right now, we cannot be sure that government funding will increase with need, and, even if it does, that it will be stable and sustainable. And, we know there are essential programs and services that government funding cannot ever support.
This is where Thriving in Place comes in. Think of Thriving in Place as the "friend of" the Public Authority, just like the Friends of the Public Library. Simply put, TiP raises funds from individuals, foundations and corporations that the Public Authority can't for scaling and programing that government funding can't support, but private funding can. We are also beating the drum loud and clear about the vital work of the Public Authority, and the thousands of aging and disabled people we help every year.