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Mission of Thriving in Place

The Mission of Thriving in Place is to strengthen, sustain and advocate for the work of the San Francisco In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority and support Bay Area-wide non-direct services programming, ensuring low-income older adults and people with disabilities are able to remain and thrive at home and in their communities.

How Thriving in Place Helps…
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Thriving in Place in the Community

Thriving in Place is partnering with community members and organizations on activities that advance our mission of making San Francisco a better place for older adults and people with disabilities. Explore our current projects:

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How Your Donation Gets Put to Work:

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Why We Help San Francisco

Seniors in
San Francisco Are:

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And Graphic of pie chart of 50%. 50% Are Low-Income And Graphic of pie chart of 30%. 30% Are Disabled

Of San Francisco Adults
(Age 18-59):

4% Have a Disability

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69% Are Also Low-Income

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30% of both seniors and people with disabilities live alone and, without support, are in danger of becoming homebound or institutionalized.

This is where Thriving in Place makes a difference.

How Thriving
in Place Helps:

Thriving in Place raises funds and awareness to help the 20% of San Francisco's low-income ageing and people with disabilities who don't have family or friends to care for them. Through our partner, the San Francisco Public Authority, we help those in need choose care providers who assist them with a range of activities like getting to the doctor's office; showering and dressing; getting into a motorized wheelchair; and light cooking and housework.

Getting help with these simple, essential daily activities means that our recipients can continue to thrive at home and actively participate in their communities instead of being isolated or moved to an institution, and they are happier and healthier, which means less repeated hospital visits, which benefits our recipients and the San Francisco community at large. We have our compassionate, committed care providers to thank for this.

Our Partner:

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By giving seniors and people with disabilities the opportunity to independently manage their own in-home care, they retain their dignity, experience better well-being and stay connected in their neighborhoods. The Public Authority also provides training and other resources for both care providers and recipients.

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A Registry of independent care providers for our recipients to choose from for on-going, regularly scheduled in-home support.

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An On-Call program for recipients in need of urgent support or transitional support from a care facility.

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Access to home care training for independent care providers through our partners at Homebridge.

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A mentoring program to help recipients learn to better communicate and work with their independent care providers.

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Collective bargaining and full health and dental benefits for more than 17,000 independent care providers city-wide.

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Collaborative state-wide advocacy in support of care providers and recipient rights.

Our Care Providers Are:

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People of Color

Our Recipients Are:

51% Women
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49% Men
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64% People Over 65
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42% People with Disabilities All Ages
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29% Disabled and Over 65
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Beyond the good our programs do for seniors and disabled people in need…

To learn more about the Public Authority and its programs, please visit

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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.

Future Need

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.

Funding Challenge

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.

New Programs Your Gifts Are Supporting:

In the coming year, Thriving in Place is pleased to be able to fund the following programs and initiatives that the Public Authority would not otherwise be able to produce.

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