The Square

News and perspectives from Covia.

Museums at Home brings art to all

Museums at Home brings art to all

When the summer session of Well Connected begins on Monday, July 9th, it will include a new season of virtual visits to museums throughout the United States in a series called Museums at Home. Amber Carroll, Director of Well Connected, remembers attending a program with the Oakland Museum. “I was blown away by how amazingly…

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From homeless in Oakland to housing at Oak Center Towers

From homeless in Oakland to housing at Oak Center Towers

Residents and staff from Covia Affordable Communities recently attended LeadingAge California’s annual Affordable Senior Housing Resident Advocacy Day in Sacramento. One of our staff members reported that one resident left an impact on his Assemblyman when he introduced himself saying, “My name is Dean and I was homeless for four years before I got a studio…

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12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse

12 Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. The National Center on Elder Abuse created this information as a downloadable document. Our communities are like buildings that support people’s wellbeing. Sturdy buildings ensure that people are safe and thriving at every age. We all have a part to play in this construction project. Here are…

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Behind the Bouquets: San Francisco Towers Flower Committee

Behind the Bouquets: San Francisco Towers Flower Committee

Originally published in Community News, San Francisco Towers’ resident newsletter. Part of the charm of San Francisco Towers are the exquisite floral displays in the public areas of the building, created by the Flower Committee. Of its thirty members, the Flower Committee has four members (plus a weekly flower carrier) who specialize in purchasing and arranging…

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Senior Health and Fitness: Interview with Esteban Sahade

Senior Health and Fitness: Interview with Esteban Sahade

May 30, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of National Senior Health and Fitness Day, which is observed annually on the last Wednesday in May. We interviewed Esteban Sahade, Wellness Coordinator for St. Paul’s Towers, for his insights on senior health and fitness.  How did you get involved in senior health and fitness? When I was…

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7th Annual Celtic Cup a success!

7th Annual Celtic Cup a success!

The 7th Annual Celtic Cup was a huge success thanks to so many people who care. On May 21st, more than 200 people joined the Covia Foundation at the Orinda County Club to raise more than $220,000 to provide life-changing services for seniors. All of us want to share our deepest gratitude to all of…

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Home Sharing as a housing solution in the SF Bay Area

Home Sharing as a housing solution in the SF Bay Area

Covia’s Home Match program was featured in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle entitled Affordable housing in the comfort of your own home. From the article: “We call these homeowners ‘house-rich and cash-poor,’” said Tracy Powell, vice president of community services for Covia (formerly Episcopal Senior Communities), which runs the Home Match program in San…

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LGBT Housing – A Community Conversation

LGBT Housing – A Community Conversation

Leaders in senior affordable housing will share the story of the Openhouse Community, the Bay Area’s first LGBT-welcoming senior affordable housing project, in a free event on June 1 at 3:00 at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. Pre-registration is requested. LGBT Housing – A Community Conversation About Lessons Learned and Future Directions will be…

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“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care”

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care”

San Francisco Towers resident Claude Lowen offered the opening reflection at this year’s LeadingAge California Annual Conference and Expo, held in Pasadena May 7-9, 2018. I am reflecting from a somewhat different position than the more usual perspective offered at LeadingAge meetings – the outlook of an octogenarian who has been a CCRC resident for…

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Episcopal Senior Communities (ESC) is now Covia

Our name has changed, our mission and values remain the same:
To serve our communities as a nonprofit organization as we have done for more than half a century. Our new name reflects our shared purpose of bringing people together and creating a true sense of home.

Welcome to Covia.