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News and perspectives from Covia.

A Year in the Life: Social Accountability Report 2018

As a nonprofit organization with values rooted in service, Covia is committed to supporting the communities we serve. We find new ways to help people, especially those at risk, live well and age well, anywhere they call home. To fulfill this commitment, we raise more than $2 million annually through the Covia Foundation and pledge…

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What makes a workplace a Great Place?

Originally published in Engage Winter 2019 In December 2018, Sandra Crowder, Environmental Services Tech, was named Los Gatos Meadows Employee of the Quarter. The Covia community shared on Facebook that “Sandra’s positivity and attention to detail inspires all who cross her path. She holds herself to very high standards and strives to provide excellence to…

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St. Paul’s Towers goes to Sacramento

When Mary Linde, Executive Director of St. Paul’s Towers in Oakland, plans development programs for her senior leadership team, “I try to do things that aren’t just about reading and discussing a book,’” she says. In January that led her to bring her team to the LeadingAge California offices in Sacramento. “It’s typically nurses and…

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Invitation to Creative Aging

Introduction to the Creative Aging Symposium Presented by Katie Wade, Associate Director of Social Call and Well Connected This is our second year hosting the Creative Aging Symposium, Power to Change. This online symposium is a place for us to gather around a really profound notion: that aging is a journey ripe with opportunities for…

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Rod Moshiri joins Webster House as Executive Director

In January, Webster House welcomed Mehrad “Rod” Moshiri as its new executive director. He’s spent his first month getting to know the community, both staff and residents. “The first thing that I think I noticed about Webster House is that people care,” he says. “From the line staff to upper management, everybody cares about the…

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Darby Betts Fund recipients announced

The Covia Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Darby Betts grant funds. Established in 2005 as a partnership between Covia and the Episcopal Diocese of California, the Darby Betts fund supports services and programs that benefit seniors in the Episcopal Dioceses of California, Northern California, and El Camino Real. In 2018, the fund…

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A holiday recipe from Canterbury Woods

Canterbury Woods residents are making use of the campus facilities to back their traditional holiday recipes: cookies, truffles, and more. One of our residents has shared her personal creation: a recipe for raspberry-jalapeño pepper jelly. Raspberry-Jalapeño Pepper Jelly 1 4-oz can diced jalapeño peppers, drained 1 medium-large red bell pepper, diced 1 ½ – 2…

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Making the most of your charitable giving

Planning to make end of year donations to support the causes you care about? This year’s tax law changes will make a difference in the way those charitable gifts are treated, with an implication for your 2018 taxes and for the year to come. As you do make your final donations of the year, it’s…

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The San Francisco Towers’ Christmas Circus Wagon

Every Christmas residents at San Francisco Towers enjoy a beautiful Christmas Circus Wagon, on display in the Lounge during December. This is the story of how SFT residents brought the wagon into existence. In Bill and Martha Steen’s Christmas tree ornament collection was a circus wagon ornament. Bill decided it would be a special treat…

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