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About Us
The Senior Citizens Organization of San Lorenzo Valley

Our Mission: 

We provide programs and activities for the SLV Community, with a focus on helping older adults to be healthy, engaged and involved by promoting and supporting education, recreation and social programs. In doing so, we work to ensure that all members of our community can live full and satisfying lives.  

Key Accomplishments: 

In 2020, our center closed its doors to the Covid 19 outbreak & was also adversely affected by the CZU fire which destroyed several hundred houses & structures & created havoc along Hwy 9 for some time. Our volunteer Board of Directors stepped in to manage operations to:

  • Conduct a vaccine clinic with local volunteer doctors, nurses & support staff

    • within 2 months, 1,024 dose of vaccine were administered

  • Partner with the Red Cross in disaster relief efforts 

  • Re-establish our Meals on Wheels Senior lunch program

  • Re-establish assistance programs like Project Scout & HICAP Medicare help 

  • Comply with County Health issued guidelines for safety for Covid

We are most proud of these accomplishments during a chaotic time in history!

Our Solutions:

Our Senior & Community Center originated around 1937 by a group of seniors who gathered casually for social activities. Over the years it has developed into a more formal non-profit corporation with Bylaws & a clear mission to assure that all members of our community can enjoy full & satisfying lives. Today we seek sustainable funding to support staffing for our center and programs which will allow us to continue to expand our operations. 

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The Difference We Make:

The entire community of San Lorenzo Valley with approximately 35,000 people benefits in many ways, especially because we are located in the center point of the Valley, on Hwy 9 bus line & within a County Park where recreational activities and a child-development center are co-located. Our programs are focused on Seniors primarily but community groups of all ages conduct events, meetings & programs in our facility. We evaluate our impact by tallying the sheer number of people who walk through our doors to attend meetings, events & classes & also by the people who come in every day and thank us for helping them. We also demonstrate & track growing numbers of special events, programs, classes & increased volunteer members helping with all activities. Our success at developing new partnerships with the business community, other non-profits and county, state, and federal officials has lead to new funding streams that have allowed us to continue and expand our programs & maintain our facility.  

A Place to Meet & Gather: 

The Highlands Park Senior & Community Center is a community gathering place where members can enjoy music, art, education, social-gatherings and other special events. Our programs are designed to support diverse age groups and appeal to a wide range of interests. 

 

This 6000 sq. ft. facility has two large meeting rooms, a dedicated art space, a full  kitchen and a reception area. We are located within a County Park, so there is access to grassy playing fields, tennis courts, walking trails and the San Lorenzo River.

 

The Senior & Community Center is a perfect place to host meetings, celebrations, concerts, art exhibits, classes and other special events. Our auditorium seats 250. Our well appointed kitchen can support community breakfasts and catered events.  There is plenty of parking next to the facility and throughout the park.

Board of Directors of the Highlands Park Senior & Community Center

Coco Raner-Walter ~ President 

Susan McKenney ~ Vice President

Diana Sue Miller ~ Secretary 

Carol Livingston ~ Treasurer 

Joyce Spenser

Bob Eback

Alisan Andrews

Lynn McKibbin

Joey Alverez


 

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