Our free computer classes, Healthy Aging Workshops, and other learning opportunities provide seniors and people with disabilities with necessary skills to better advocate for themselves and others. Participants have much to offer, including experience, energy, and first-hand knowledge about about what they and their neighbors need and want. Our goal is to provide the resources to support their ideas.
Empowering Seniors and People with Disabilities
When members of the St. Francis Episcopal Church participated in a Connections for Healthy Aging workshop, one topic that kept coming up was the lack of transportation options in their neighborhood. Taxis tended not to arrive, or they came so late that people missed their doctors’ appointments. And the newer ride sharing options required apps on a Smartphone.
The members organized a group to address the problem – including meetings with Supervisor Yee and contacting public and private transportation providers. They also organized and hosted a Transportation Fair with ten transportation exhibitors, including some who cater specifically to seniors and people with disabilities.
The Fair was a great opportunity for approximately 100 neighbors to meet transportation providers, hear a little bit about each one, gather information, and get answers to any questions or concerns.
After the success of this event, CLC organized another Transportation Fair for the OMI neighborhood (read more about the OMI event) and is now working on a similar one for the Bayview this August.