The Spahr Center’s Senior Program Fund

The Spahr Center has raised over $15,500 from year-end appeals earmarked specifically for LGBTQ senior programs. This generous support means that senior program development will now increase. The first step is to recruit and hire a part-time employee whose sole focus will be on senior programs. At first the job will be several hours per month. However, fundraising is ongoing and includes competing for state, county and private foundation funds in order to expand the position to full time by the end of 2020.

The right person for the Senior Program Coordinator might just be YOU, or someone you know. We hope everyone will think about recruiting within your own social and community circles so that we can build a talent pool for the position. More details will follow!

The Spahr Center and Whistlestop Have Formed a Partnership

The Corte Madera Senior Discussion Group moves to a private room at Whistlestop Active Senior Center on February 13 at 12:30. We are excited about this new partnership, which presents the opportunity to connect many more LGBTQ seniors with Spahr Center activities. Whistlestop is centrally located in San Rafael (930 Tamalpais Avenue) and is accessible by public transportation and paratransit including Whistlestop’s own rides program. Plentiful free parking is available directly across the street. City-operated traffic lights and a cross walk create safe access from the parking lot. To learn about Whistlestop, click here to visit their website.

LGBTQ Seniors Urge Marin County to Hear Our Voices

Relationship-building is underway between The Spahr Center and State and County officials. Developing and strengthening these ties will ensure that Spahr Center will be aware of funding opportunities that may become available. We are also actively attending public meetings and joining policy and planning commissions to ensure LGBTQ senior’s concerns are heard in our state. By the way, these entities have been encouraging, even welcoming.

We’re Learning from Other Non-profits.

Soon, the Senior Advisory Council will meet with the leadership of Open House, San Francisco. Open House is a model non-profit in the LGBTQ senior services world, offering an array of support such as housing, direct services and community programs. We’ll find out how they accomplished what they have, so that we can learn how to expand LGBTQ senior services in Marin.

Healthy Aging and Community Involvement are Closely Associated. Are you wondering how to help?

S.A.C. is recruiting new members.  Click here to learn more and to download an application.

To reach the S.A.C., please email  or call The Spahr Center at 415-457-2487. Current members of the Senior Advisory Council are Julie Beach, Will Boemer, Henry Hopkins, Jerry Schmitz and JodyTimms.

Donate Your Valuable Items to Support Senior Services

Consider donating to the upcoming raffle to be held at a brunch coming up in May. We’re looking for cars, vacation packages, meals at destination restaurants and the like.