Homebridge Announces New Executive Director

Dear Members of the Homebridge Community,

I have exciting news to share with you. As you may know, our wonderful Executive Director of 20 years, Margaret Baran, will be retiring at the end of September. Under Margy’s visionary and passionate leadership, the organization has grown and thrived, becoming an award-winning, national model for in-home care of people with significant care challenges, and for vocational support of their care providers.

Since her announcement, the Homebridge Board of Directors has been hard-at-work to identify and hire our next organizational leader. I am delighted to announce that after an extensive, nationwide search process, we’ve found our next leader right under our own roof. Effective October 1st, Mark Burns, our current Deputy Director, will become our next Executive Director.

Mark brings tremendous commitment and skill to his work on behalf of Homebridge consumers, and for the past three years has played a range of organizational leadership roles, including spearheading our successful expansion into San Mateo County. His extensive background in the private and non-profit sectors includes positions as Executive Director at San Francisco-based Under One Roof, Deputy Director at the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, Vice President of Operations and Administration at PCCI, and founder/partner at OffRoad Capital.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue Homebridge’s legacy of top-quality, innovative service delivery, workforce support, community partnership, and leadership on behalf of our consumers. As new challenges and opportunities arise in a rapidly changing service environment, I will work diligently with our Board, staff,  funders, and community to ensure that even the frailest and most challenged among us can continue living at home with health and dignity,” states Mark.

I look forward to the acumen, continuity, creativity, and deep commitment Mark’s leadership will bring to our employees, partners and programs. On behalf of our entire Board of Directors, thank you for your continued support of our efforts.

Warm regards,

 

Robert Carlson, President
Board of Directors

Posted on August 10, 2015 .

Saving Millions through Training Frontline Workers

Homebridge has been recognized for our leading Homecare Provider training program. We firmly believe that a well trained workforce is the key to improving both client and worker satisfaction.

By investing in the skills and education of these workers, healthcare providers such as Homebridge have reaped favorable business impacts throughout their organizations including reduced turnover, fewer accidents, and a more engaged workforce. Homebridge provides an excellent example of how other healthcare organizations can reduce their costs and improve their quality of care by investing in the training and development of the their frontline workers.
Posted on May 13, 2015 .

IHSS Consortium is now Homebridge

Beginning Monday, March 2nd, In-Home Supportive Services Consortium became Homebridge. 

For 20 years, the IHSS Consortium has provided specialized home care services and workforce training to the City of San Francisco.  We began as a collection of non-profit neighborhood programs advocating for improvement in the delivery of in-home supportive services (IHSS) to the elderly and people with disabilities. 

Today, we are a $23 million not-for-profit agency with more than 550 employees in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.  Our programs include providing contract-mode IHSS to San Francisco County and also to San Mateo through the Health Plan of San Mateo.  Through our training academy, we provide a high level of specialized training not only to our own field-based workforce but also to Independent Providers in San Francisco County, to participants in the San Francisco Health Care Academy and to private home care agencies.  More recently, we have introduced an online registry through which the general public can find skilled home care workers available to provide care on a private-pay basis.  And we are just bringing a new service out of pilot in San Francisco where our specially-trained staff help patients successfully transition home from hospital ERs with immediate and short term support.

While we are no longer the small community consortium we once were, we remain true to our community roots.  Quality, customer-focused home care delivered by an appropriately skilled workforce is central to the success of our mission – to allow the elderly and people with disabilities to live safely in their homes and in the communities of their choice.

Homebridge.   Welcome home.

For more information on our name transition, please contact:

Juliana Terheyden, Director of Strategic Planning  415.659.5345  jterheyden@homebridgeca.org

or

 Mark Burns, Deputy Director  415.659.5319   mburns@homebridgeca.org

Posted on March 1, 2015 .

Consortium Receives Women’s Foundation Grant

The Consortium has been awarded a $102,000 grant from the Women’s Foundation of California to help promote employment and career advancement for low-income women in the healthcare sector. The Bridge to Living Wage initiative invests in programs and services that develop pathways to careers providing family-sustaining wages. The grant will enable the Consortium to provide coaching and case management services to Home Care Providers as they transition to full-time employment. 

Posted on October 21, 2014 .

Consortium Awarded Home Care Contract in San Mateo County

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The Health Plan of San Mateo selected IHSS Consortium to deliver contract mode in-home supportive services to eligible beneficiaries in San Mateo County under California's Coordinated Care Initiative. In awarding the contract, effective October 1, the San Mateo Health Commission cited the Consortium’s “consumer-centric approach to delivering high-quality care” and “dedication to achieving positive outcomes.” The Consortium currently serves 68 clients from its San Mateo office.

Posted on September 2, 2014 .

Consortium Honored with 2014 JVS Business Leadership Award

The Consortium was named recipient of the 2014 Business Leadership Award by Jewish Vocational Services in recognition of its training program. The award, presented at the 21st annual Strictly Business Luncheon, honored organizations that are leaders in job creation and clients who overcome personal barriers and substantial odds to find success in the job market. The event featured a video highlighting the impact that the Consortium’s training program has on the lives of its employees and clients, and the need for continued development of the healthcare workforce.

Posted on May 5, 2014 .