My involvement in Homebridge began when I was Director of Services for Curry Senior Center (CSC), one of Homebridge’s founding members. I have served on the Board of Directors since 2006, most recently as its immediate past President. Throughout my tenure, I participated and continue to participate in many of the Board committees.
My background is as a primary care geriatric nurse practitioner serving low income seniors of the Tenderloin/South of Market neighborhoods. My panel of patients included those with chronic illnesses, multiply diagnosed, very low-income, homebound or homeless. CSC saw some of the first HIV positive seniors, an influx of elderly immigrants and refugees from throughout the world, the beginnings of the crack epidemic, and an increase in homeless seniors. I saw firsthand the value of services provided by the Caregivers from Homebridge.
At CSC, I oversaw the clinic services, congregate meals, case management, and social day care with outreach and services to SRO housing, implemented the expansion of the primary care clinic, development of adult day health programs (Stepping Stone), development of permanent housing for previously homeless seniors, integration of mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.
I view Homebridge, its programs and services, as being cost effective and improving the quality of life for very low-income, disenfranchised seniors allowing them to age in place with dignity.