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Self-Help for the Elderly

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Senior Centers, Senior Citizens Housing & Retirement Communities, Seniors

Mission: Self-Help for the Elderly strives to promote the independence, dignity and self-worth of seniors. We will achieve this mission by empowering seniors to help themselves and by providing a comprehensive range of multicultural and multilingual services.

Target demographics: Seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area

Geographic areas served: San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Alameda County

Programs: Self-Help for the Elderly (SHE) provides a wide range of services to over 40,000 seniors each year. Services include: senior centers, congregate and home-delivered meals, senior housing, residential care facilities, senior employment and training, home health care and hospice, adult day health care, Alzheimer's day care and assisted living, senior computer learning center, senior travel program, health insurance counseling, care management, senior information & referral, in home supportive services, citizenship classes, English as second language class, elderly abuse intervention and counseling, health education, outreach and advocacy, and transportation

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 4

As a Patron, volunteer and Advisory Board Member for the San Mateo Self Help for the Edlerly, I have witnessed on a weekly basis the meaning of the center to those who visit. For many, it is a social place to meet friends and have coffee or tea, read the newspaper, have a hot lunch, attend a class, lecture, internet cafe, LTK, Tai Chi, movie, bingo and the list goes on.



Rating: 5

As a long time volunteer of Self-Help, I have witnessed the dedication of the staff at various meal sites and residential care facilities of this fine agency. My father-in-law suffered a stroke seven yrs. ago and thanks to the help of the Homemakers Department at Self-Help, we were able to find good, reliable and qualified home health aides for my father-in-law. My daughter who lives in San Francisco uses a housekeeper from Self-Help on a bi-monthly basis. We could not have been more pleased with the services offered by Self-Help.


Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been a board member of Self Help for several years. I have witnessed first hand how the entire organization works together tirelessly for the well being of the elders they serve. The organization has recently expanded its service area to San Jose and will need many volunteers and major sponsors in the San Jose area. Please join us to make a difference in your community. Thanks.



Rating: 5

As a recent volunteer at the annual San Francisco Dragon Boat Races, I was given an opportunity to see this great organization in full operation. Their outreach programs and activities allow the community a chance to see what the organization does best. At the end of the race, it was evident the organization does what it does best which is to open their door to anyone in need. At the end of the race, I felt like I was apart of this growing family. I can not imagine the many smiles and warm hearts this organization affects with their services.