History

Golden Gate Senior Services (GGSS) was established in 1975 to serve the seniors and now, the younger disabled of San Francisco. We were part of the original group of service providers funded by the San Francisco Commission on the Aging. Starting with one donated desk in the back of an Economic Opportunity Council office on Haight Street, our original purpose was to provide outreach to the seniors of this neighborhood. We soon realized San Francisco needed a network of neighborhood senior centers. During the past 34 years, GGSS has established senior centers in the Haight-Asbury, Castro, Noe Valley, the OMI, and the Richmond districts. Presently GGSS operates the Richmond and Castro Multipurpose Senior Centers. Since the early 1980’s GGSS has been integrating developmentally disabled adults into our Centers. In 1994, we established our own program to serve this population – Project Integration.

 

 

Our Board of Directors consists of a maximum of fifteen members. Eight of these fifteen are elected representatives from the participants at our two Senior Centers. This ensures that consumers have a majority vote in all Board decisions. Golden Gate Senior Services has been in the forefront of providing compassionate, high-quality, efficient and fiscally responsible services for over 3 decades.

Funding

Golden Gate Senior Services does not require membership dues from the participants who come to our two senior centers. There are also no fees for any of the activities provided at the centers. Occasionally we may ask for the cost of materials used in a program. There is also a cost to participants when we go on out-of-town trips. Project Open Hand, our meal providers, asks that seniors make a $2.00 donation for the daily lunch. This is strictly a donation, however, and no one is ever turned away.

 

GGSS has two major funding sources. We have a year to year contract with the city and county of San Francisco through the Department of Aging and Adult Services. Project Integration serves our developmentally disabled seniors. It is funded by the State of California through Golden Gate Regional Center. From time to time we apply for and receive grants for specific projects. An example of this is our Intergenerational Poetry Program.

 

We are also very grateful for individual donations. We are a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. Donors may deduct contributions to us and receipts will be given for this purpose.

 

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415-863-3507 (Castro)

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