The Castro Senior Center is located in Ellard Hall at Most Holy Redeemer Church in the heart of the Castro district of San Francisco. Since 1980 the Castro Senior Center (formerly Diamond Senior Center) has been part of the neighborhood serving local residents as well as members of the larger San Francisco community. As part of Golden Gate Senior Services the Castro Senior Center is funded through the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS). Our services and programs are available to all individuals age 60 and above and persons with disabilities.
Though our collaborations with other community leaders in aging such as The University of San Francisco, City College of San Francisco, On Lok, Openhouse, New Leaf and others we are able provide a wide range of daily activities that promote healthy living, and socialization. We offer a wide range of activities and services that promote independence, health and over all well being.
The following list is just a sample of our free weekly activities:
- A range of daily exercise programs including, aerobics and general strength building provided through the Always Active Program
- Yoga and Tai Chi Classes
- Free Health Assessments through the University of San Francisco School of Nursing
- Social clubs including: Current Events, Book Club and Camera Club
- Film and Music programs
- Day Trips and access to a wide range of free community events through Community Access Tickets Service
- LGBT discussion group and special presentations (see the flier)
- Computer Tutoring
- Weekly Flea Market
- Theater and Dance groups
A largely ignored segment of the senior community our LGBT elders. As part of the Castro neighborhood we are committed to meeting the needs of the growing LGBT senior population. In 2007 we initiated our outreach program to address the needs of LGBT seniors. Each month we sponsor well attended discussion groups, present speakers on topics of interest as well as participate in the annual PRIDE events each June.
View the flier
As part of Golden Gate Senior Services the Castro Senior Center participates in the Project Integration Program which serves individuals with developmental disabilities. The Castro Senior Center staff are experienced in working with individuals with special needs and work to promote the best quality of life for the participants within a fully integrated atmosphere.
With our on site meal program provided through Project Open Hand we serve a nutritious lunch every weekday between 11:45 and 12:30. There is no cost for the meal other than a suggested donation of $2.00.
The Castro Senior Center is blessed with a dedicated group of volunteers, many of whom have been members for decades. Each volunteer is part if valuable team that supports a myriad of activities on a daily basis and the Castro Center could not function with out them.
One of our longest participating volunteers is Mary Rowe. Mary is available for whatever is needed, be it setting up for parties, working on the newsletter, helping arrange trips, answering telephones, balancing accounts, or running the flea market. In fact, if Mary could be cloned she could pretty much run the entire operation. As the coordinator for our flea market Mary accepts donations and leads a group of other dedicated volunteers. The flea market is a wonderful resource for the community and helps generate income that funds many of the Center’s activities.
But Mary is more than just an all around volunteer at the Castro Senior Center. She represents all that is best in giving. Through her warmth and generosity she helps everyone with whom she comes in contact feel welcomed. As a native San Franciscan and life long resident Mary also volunteers with her church and several other local organizations committing hundreds of hours of service to her community. While doing this entire she also raised a family as a single parent and is now blessed with grandchildren and great-grandchildren all of whom share in her life. The Castro Center can never thank Mary and our other volunteers enough for what they do each day but we know they all experience a sense of accomplishment and of belonging to their community that benefits us all.
Location, Hours, and Contact Information
Castro Senior Center
110 Diamond Street
San Francisco, CA 94114 View map
We are close to Muni # 33 & 24 bus lines, the F street car and the Metro Subway Castro Station, stops for the M, K, & L lines.
Hours: Mon., Tues., Thur. & Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Phone: (415) 863-3507