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The Great ShakeOut: Creating a Culture of Safety at Covia

The Great ShakeOut: Creating a Culture of Safety at Covia

On Thursday, October 18th, residents and staff throughout Covia participated in the Great ShakeOut, an earthquake safety drill. From Santa Rosa to Southern California, Covia took time to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” and then gathered to review and reflect. “An earthquake drill like the Great ShakeOut is an example of staff and residents increasing…

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Bethany Center Senior Housing celebrates 50th Anniversary

Bethany Center Senior Housing celebrates 50th Anniversary

Bethany Center, a Covia Affordable Community, celebrated 50 years of housing and services for seniors with a range of activities, including a gala event entitled The Art of Growing Older and the unveiling of the newly renovated Salud! mural. The celebrations also mark the completion of a two-year rehabilitation and modernization project of Bethany Center…

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Covia Director of Senior Resources honored by Rotary

Covia Director of Senior Resources honored by Rotary

Annette Balter, Covia’s Director of Senior Resources for Contra Costa County, was recently named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise for her work in developing the Rotary Home Team program throughout the Bay Area. Rotary Home Team sends teams of Rotarians into their community to provide free, basic home maintenance and…

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Memories of the Santa Rosa Fire

Memories of the Santa Rosa Fire

October 9 is the anniversary of the devastating fires that swept through Santa Rosa in 2017. Residents from both Spring Lake Village and Jennings Court were evacuated and twelve of Covia’s staff lost their home in the fires. Here are a few of the stories from our residents and staff. If you have a memory…

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Covia ranks among 50 Best Workplaces in Aging Services

Covia ranks among 50 Best Workplaces in Aging Services

We are pleased to announce that Covia has been recognized as one of the 50 Best Workplaces in Aging Services in a new list published in Fortune. Covia ranked 29th among senior housing organizations nationwide. This is the first time Fortune and Great Places to Work have created a list for the Aging Services industry,…

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Spring Lake Village hosts 4th annual Wellness Games

Spring Lake Village hosts 4th annual Wellness Games

Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa is hosting its 4th annual Wellness Games the week of September 24-28. Held during International Active Aging Week, the Wellness Games celebrate all dimensions of wellness, including social, emotional, intellectual, physical, occupational, environmental, spiritual, and financial wellness. According to Spring Lake Village Director of Wellness Diane Waltz, “Wellness is…

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Back to school: Training and Educational Assistance at Covia

Back to school: Training and Educational Assistance at Covia

After graduating from high school in Vallejo, Jasphere “Phey” Abuan wanted to be a biochemist. “I was actually in a biochem program back in the day,” she says, “and then life happens.” In 2000, she left an abusive relationship, took her 8-month-old daughter and the $30 she had in her pocket and moved home to…

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The truth about Assisted Living

The truth about Assisted Living

To observe National Assisted Living Week, Laura Darling, Senior Director of Communications, talked to some of our staff to explain more about this misunderstood part of community life. LD: What do you wish people knew about Assisted Living? Barb Fischer, Director of Resident Health Services, St. Paul’s Towers: Many people think that Assisted Living refers…

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Bethany Center mural illustrates diverse community

Bethany Center mural illustrates diverse community

For more than 20 years, muralist Dan Fontes has helped share the story of Bethany Center Senior Housing in the Mission District of San Francisco. Fontes first created the “Salud!” mural that covers the 9-story building at 21st and Capp Street in 1997 with only one assistant. Now, he is in the midst of a…

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