The Square

News and perspectives from Covia.

“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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Engage at Every Age: Spring Lake Village

Engage at Every Age: Spring Lake Village

When the Spring Lake Village Resident Council decided to honor some of its longest serving volunteers, they saw it as another way to build community. The Volunteer Recognition program celebrates residents who have made a lasting contribution to the community’s life, many of which are unknown to newer residents. “People who are moving in are…

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Join us for the Celtic Cup

Join us for the Celtic Cup

Join Covia on May 21st at the Orinda Country Club for camaraderie, golf and a great cause! The Covia Foundation’s 7th annual Celtic Cup Golf Tournament, dinner and auction still has a few spaces available and we would love for you to be there. You can register for full day of golf, plus a cocktail…

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The value of volunteers

The value of volunteers

Many Covia community services programs would never take place without the dedication of hundreds of volunteers. Whether they are connecting with people by phone or in person, delivering food or doing art work, volunteers are the backbone of the services we provide people in the greater community. Market Day, our senior produce market program, is…

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Creating community through Resident Service Coordination

Creating community through Resident Service Coordination

It’s easy to see the communities that Covia creates through its housing. What’s less known is the community created through its services. Covia provides Resident Service Coordination to 21 senior affordable housing communities throughout California, a service that’s largely invisible despite its impact on people’s lives. Service coordination is about connecting residents with the public…

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Covia: What’s in a Name?

Covia: What’s in a Name?

Covia (pronounced co-VEE-a) is not a word that you will find in any dictionary. It’s not an acronym, but it still stands for something. Covia is a name that emerged from deep consideration about who we are and what we stand for as an organization. The “co” of Covia comes from our belief in the…

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Well Connected: Increasing Connection, One Call at a Time

Well Connected: Increasing Connection, One Call at a Time

The following is a summary of the workshop presented at the Aging in America conference by Amber Carroll and Katie Wade. Amber Carroll is Director and Katie Wade is Associate Director of Well Connected (formerly known as Senior Center Without Walls). Setting the stage for their presentation, Well Connected Associate Director Katie Wade asked workshop…

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Covia announces affiliation with Bethany Center

Covia announces affiliation with Bethany Center

Covia Affordable Communities is pleased to announce it is entering into an affiliation with Bethany Center Senior Housing (BCSH) of San Francisco, strengthening both organizations’ ability to provide housing and services to low-income seniors in San Francisco. The affiliation agreement was approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and was finalized on March…

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Getting to Covia: Interview with Mary McMullin

Getting to Covia: Interview with Mary McMullin

The following is an interview with Mary McMullin, Senior Vice President for Organizational Advancement. Tell me about the process of getting to Covia. Initially we worked on our brand identity: what does our system stand for? What’s important? Based on that work, which was over several months, we sent information to professional namers, which was…

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Creative Aging Symposium

Covia’s second annual Creative Aging Symposium will take place January 23rd.

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