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News and perspectives from Covia.

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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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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