Programs (mon ami calendar) - San Francisco Village

Events & Programs

Current Calendar of Events

Our vibrant programming is the gateway through which members gain empowering information, share experiences, and develop a deep sense of belonging to the community. At a time when older adults may find their social networks shrinking, San Francisco Village programs offer opportunities to expand. Programs are continually evolving, reflecting the passions, curiosities and concerns of our dynamic membership.

If you are a member, you can click on the event in the calendar below to learn more and sign up. You’ll receive a confirmation email with the address and/or Zoom link once staff approves the registration. You can also call (415) 387 – 1375 or email info@sfvillage.org to send in your RSVPs. If the event is hosted by a member, please reach out to staff for their contact information.

If you are not yet a member, please visit the Join section of our website! While our programs are generally for members of San Francisco Village, we’d love to have you attend one event as a guest.

 

Neighborhood Circles

Neighborhood Circles are smaller, hyper-local groups that enable members to develop relationships closer to home. Currently, there are 15 Neighborhood Circles led by either members or non-member volunteers and supported by our Director of Member Services, Jill Ellefsen. One of the circles is specifically focused on issues relevant to our LGBT members and the Solo Agers address concerns of those aging alone.

If you are interested in learning more about Neighborhood Circles and/or starting one in your area, let us know!  Contact us at info@sfvillage.org or 415-387-1375 x 2.

 

Current Neighborhood Circles exist in the following San Francisco zip codes:

  • 94107/94103 – SOMA, Hayes Valley, Opera Plaza
  • 94117 – Cole Valley, Haight Ashbury
  • 94118/94129 – Inner Richmond
  • 94127/94132 – West of Twin Peaks
  • 94123 – Marina, Cow Hollow
  • 94115 – Pacific Heights, Western Addition, Japantown
  • 94104/94105/94108/94111 -Financial Dist., Embarcadero
  • 94109/94133 – Nob Hill, North Beach, Telegraph Hill, Chinatown, Russian Hill
  • 94121 – Outer Richmond
  • 94116/94122 – Sunset
  • 94127/94132 – West of Twin Peaks:
    St.Francis Wood, West Portal, Forest
    Hill, Park Merced, Ingleside Terraces
  • 94110/94134: Bernal Hts /Potrero/
    Mission/Visitation Valley/Bayview
  • 94114/ 94131- Castro/Noe Valley/ Glen Park
  • Solo Agers’ Circle – all are welcome
  • LGBT Circle – all are welcome

Wellness Program

Sometimes we need a little help after a hospitalization: someone to check in with us, drive us to a doctor’s appointment or pick up groceries. Knowing we’re connected to a caring community can speed our recovery. The SFV Wellness Program supports you in the journey from leaving the hospital to achieving wellness at home, in harmony with your goals and preferences. This program can help you manage your health, prepare for your doctor’s visit, get the community services you need, and more. Participation is completely voluntary. If you start the program and are not satisfied, you may withdraw at any time. This program is available to all current members of SFV and through our partnership with Sutter Health/CPMC Mission Bernal and Davies Campuses, it’s also available to referred patients free of charge for 90 days. If a patient chooses to participate, once they go home, SFV volunteers will be available to:

  • Check-in by phone or a friendly visit
  • Help with grocery shopping, laundry and simple household tasks
  • Provide transportation to a doctor’s appointment

Additionally, our Wellness Coordinator is available to connect you with online services and referrals to local community resources that make your life simpler. As a participant in this program, you are invited to any of the more than 40 activities that take place each month. From health and wellness lectures to creative writing classes; from tai chi to meditation and social groups, and so much more. Scroll down to the next section to see our online calendar of events. For more information, contact our Wellness Coordinator, Sha’Nice Patterson, at sha’nice@sfvillage.org or 415-387-1375 extension 4.

Grief Program

At SFV, we believe that a healthy expression of grief is communal. It requires that we honor the loss with simple rituals, by telling the story and being generously witnessed in our pain, so that we can move towards healing.

Consistent with our values of mutual support, reciprocity, empathy, and volunteerism, SFV is proud to continue the legacy of Patrick Arbore, who started offering grief support nearly 40 years ago. Patrick was a member of SFV, a former SFV board member, donor and strong supporter of our community. He died May 27, 2023.

Beginning in 1987, Patrick developed a model for peer-to-peer grief groups, believing that grief requires connection and community in order to transform. When grief lingers in silence, unacknowledged by others, it goes underground and registers as pain, rage, isolation and shame.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with the loss of a loved one, click here to learn more about our program offerings.

“If you think about it, we are all aging together, even though we’re in different stages of the process; aging is something that everyone is going to experience, so we can learn from each other.”
— Peter Heldman, volunteer since 2013