Since 1975, Episcopal Community Services (ECS) has been providing services to unhoused and extremely low income seniors in the South of Market Street (SOMA) neighborhood and beyond.
In 1994, ECS opened the Canon Kip Senior Center (CKSC) on Natoma St. as part of the newly constructed Canon Kip Community House to center current services and provide other services that directly address the needs of seniors (ages 60 and above) experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the community. Through a partnership with the San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services (DAS), ECS hosted a daily drop-in center for seniors, as well as provided a weekly food pantry and daily hot lunch for seniors and adults with disabilities (ages 18 and above). In addition to activities such as Bingo, karaoke, exercise and movement classes, cultural celebrations, and other social events, the Center provides a computer lab and case management services.
A significant number of the participants experienced memory care issues and dementia, receiving support for memory care from the Healthy Aging staff.
Healthy Aging Services Adjusted during the COVID-19 Pandemic
While the COVID-19 epidemic has necessitated the closure of the facility, services for vulnerable seniors in the community continue. These services include providing a daily hot lunch to go to more than 150 seniors and adults with disabilities who experience food insecurity.
Onsite case management and drop-in social services, as well as remote services, continue with extreme care for the physical and mental health of the seniors and staff. ECS Healthy Aging staff also field referrals from the DAS needs line. Case managers and Senior Specialists work with seniors to access in-home support, healthcare, programs for financial assistance, and other resources to assist with daily living. The staff also assist homeless seniors with finding affordable housing and accessing services to better equip them to retain housing.
The Canon Kip Senior Center has become mobile, with staff visiting seniors in their residences or the Project RoomKey (SIP) hotels. This is particularly critical as many of the seniors lack the equipment and capability of using technology.
Healthy Aging support services and the Canon Kip Senior Center is available via phone at (415) 487-3300 x6211.
For Urgent Assistance for Services, call the DAS Help Line: (415) 355-6700.