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What's going on at Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley?

Original post made on Aug 11, 2022

The discontinuation of the popular Friendly Visiting Program came as a shock to many and raised more questions about Senior Support as a whole, its leadership instability and the future of the nonprofit.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 4:30 PM

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Posted by Carol Withers
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 11, 2022 at 10:08 am

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Why did this happen? And how is it going to be reinstated? Money doesn’t seem to be an issue.

Posted by Jan Morrison
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Aug 11, 2022 at 11:31 am

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We have a community of over 200, 55+ residents at Hacienda Mobile Home Park. We "miss" the wonderful care and support we received through this service. Seems to me, money is not an issue, volunteers are still available, we just need someone in power to step up or step down, and reinstate this VALUABLE PROGRAM.

Posted by Barbara Will
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2022 at 6:35 pm

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Thank you for this informative article. I worked at SSPTV running the Family Caregiver Program for 4 years, the last two under the leadership of Mr. Taylor. The staff morale declined very quickly in those two years leading to staff resignations as the environment became more and more toxic. Let me say this: I loved my job and the SSPTV program which has served our valley seniors for over 40 years. I would still be there if the work environment hadn’t changed so drastically. As mentioned in the article the staff worked tirelessly for our seniors, always coming up with new ways to engage them with our services and getting them out in the community.
It was and still can be a valuable asset to our community. I would hate to see it dissolved. If blame, and yes there is blame to be placed not just with Mr. Taylor’s leadership, but with the Board of Trustees who failed to follow through with their jobs to oversee, monitor and engage with the organization as a whole to understand the destructive dynamics that were occurring within the leadership of the program.
My best to all the dedicated employees and our wonderful volunteer’s who gave their free time to care for the seniors in our community. You are what is best about the community we live in and need not be defined by those who don't care.

Posted by Lara Calvert
a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2022 at 3:08 pm

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I'm am sorry to hear of this loss. Spectrum Community Services, the local Tri-Valley Meals on Wheels provider is starting a Visiting Program and is currently in process of setting it up. We were not expecting to take on all of the SSPTV visiting clients, instead to add to the need in the Tri-Valley and other areas of Alameda County. We will look into how we can try to not lose services and the valuable connections that the seniors and volunteers have created.

Posted by Chuck Deckert
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 16, 2022 at 9:14 pm

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Aug. 14, 2022
For Immediate Release

Senior Support of the Tri-Valley announces merger with CityServe of the Tri-Valley!

Senior Support of the Tri-Valley will merge with CityServe of the Tri-Valley in September, the Senior Support board announced.

The merger will culminate months of study and planning that commenced in late 2021. Both organizations believe the merger will result in better services for the seniors they
both serve.

“Our board has anticipated the need for systematic change and has been working diligently with our attorney and consultant on a merger agreement with CityServe since late 2021,” said Christine Sevier, president of the 41-year-old Senior Support. “Merging
with CityServe enables us to connect with and serve more seniors." The move is also directly aligned with California’s Master Plan on Aging, No Wrong Door approach.

“Our desire is to benefit more seniors and have better outcomes especially in difficult times,” she said.

Christine Beitsch-Bahmani, the CEO of CityServe of the Tri-Valley, will lead the merged organization.

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