The Centre for Living with Dying provides supportive services to individuals who are dealing with terminal illness or the death of a loved one. Individual or group counseling is available to help cope with anticipated death and feelings of loss and grief after death. Special programs include youth services, survivors of suicide, and crisis inter-vention.The Centre has over 100 trained volunteers with multicultural and multilingual experience. The Centre serves the entire Bay Area. For more information, please call the Centre at (408) 980-9801 or visit their website at www.thecentre.org.
The Friendly Visiting Program for Seniors can help homebound elders in San Leandro who are feeling isolated and alone. Elders are matched with trained volunteers who are asked to commit at least one hour per week to visiting the older person. The program is free, and elders needing help and persons interested in volunteering their time are encouraged to call. For information, call (510) 347-4620 ext.180 or send an email to [email protected].
The REACH Program at Foothill College in Palo Alto is an educational program for stroke survivors. Classes focus on improving communication skills and mobility, building independent living skills and reducing stress. To enroll in the REACH Program, please call (650) 949-6960. Classes in cognitive retraining are also available. There are modest fees for tuition and registration through the college.
City College in San Francisco also offers free Communications Classes for Stroke Survivors. Classes are taught by licensed speech pathologists and are designed to improve speaking, reading and writing skills. Call (415) 561-1005 or visit their website at www.ccsf.cc.ca.us/Services/DSPD.
Home CARES Equipment Recyclers accepts and redistributes donations of reusable, durable home health care equipment and unused, disposable medical supplies. The equipment and supplies are distributed free of charge to individuals who otherwise would have difficulty obtaining them. Donated disposable items must be in their original packages and unopened. Reusable items must be clean and in good working condition. Syringes and medications are not accepted. Home CARES operates sites in Oakland and San Francisco. For more information, call (510) 251-2273 (Alameda County) or (415) 487-5405 (San Francisco).
GAYLESTA Psychotherapy Referral Service provides free, confidential referrals to mental health professionals who are gay-, lesbian-, bisexual-, or transgender-identified. The service includes referrals to licensed psychologists; marriage, family and child counselors (MFCC/MFT); licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) and psychiatrists. The service is provided by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Therapists Association of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Referrals are made for all six Bay Area Counties by phone or via the web. Call (888) 869-4993 or visit www.gaylesta.org.
Mexican-American Community Services Agency (MACSA), whose mission is to enrich and advance the lives of members of the Latino Community in Santa Clara County, operates an Adult Day Health Care Center for frail elders in San Jose. Elders who would otherwise be prevented from participating in senior centers or social day programs due to medical problems, receive social, medical and rehabilitative services. The program includes recreational activities, nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, meals and some transportation. The program also serves as respite for family caregivers. Contact Aurora Cepeda, Program Director, at (408) 928-1155 ext. 1159 or visit MACSA’s website at www.macsa.org.
The Assistive Technology Network (AT Network) promotes assistive technology for persons with disabilities—tools ranging from devices to help button a shirt to complicated voice recognition software—and offers Californians free AT information and referral and individual appointments with community AT advocates. Call (800) 390-2699 or TDD, (800) 900-0706.
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