Adopt a Homeless Senior Project

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Dear Friends,

This has been a rich year for me with with travel, a new and most loveable puppy, wonderful retreats, teaching precious classes & counseling precious students, losing Sally, Janet’s sister-in-law and spending invaluable time with family and continuing to love and enjoy Janet. Alongside all of this, the Adopt a Homeless Senior Project has had a new boost of energy as a result of a great response to our fun and informative booth at the Solano Stroll. We have several more volunteers who are upping the vitality level of the project.

Our project, Adopt a Homeless Senior is one Berkeley neighborhood’s attempt to have some positive impact on homelessness in the Bay Area”. We have chosen a goal that we feel is doable: the majority of Alameda County’s homeless are over 50, and for an average cost of $17,000 we can get one homeless senior off the streets and into permanent housing. With the support of neighbors in the four blocks of north Keeler Avenue, Berkeley, we have achieved more than half of that sum. By widening our appeal to friends like you, we think we could raise $17,000 by the end of the year.

We aren’t, of course, equipped to “adopt” a homeless senior on our own. We are collaborating with St. Mary’s Center in Oakland, a respected institution (secular in spite of its name, and non-profit) that has been working successfully with Alameda County’s homeless for 46 years. $17,000 is what it costs St. Mary’s, on average, to provide one homeless person with one year of services including (but not limited to!:

emergency shelter & meals
mental-health services
money-management counseling,
addiction recovery,
transitional housing and
low-income housing

You can read more about them at I have also attached a chart that outlines their homeless senior services (along with services for housed low-income seniors and a preschool). I can say personally that a visit to St. Mary’s Center makes your heart sing.

Could you help us to achieve our $17,000 goal by the end of the year? If you’d like to contribute, you can send a check to St. Mary’s Center, 925 Brockhurst St., Oakland CA 94608. Make sure to mark your check Adopt a Homeless Senior or AHS.

For online donations, go to this link. Under “Designation” type “AHS”

You would be making a tangible contribution to addressing homelessness in the Bay Area.

Thank you!


2019 Coming of Age Group

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Change of Dates and Times:

The 2019 Winter/Spring
Coming of Age Group for Women 60+
will meet on

Wednesdays 3 PM – 5 PM
March 20th – December 4th

Explore the spiritual and psychological
effects on our souls to be an older woman in today’s culture.

Grief and loss, physical challenges, devaluing cultural beliefs, changes in self-image,
feeling without purpose and approaching death are some of the difficult
issues that we face as aging women. Addressing these issues in a supportive
environment can help us to re-engage with our deepest nature, discover our
purpose, uncover our vitality and express the beauty and the wisdom of our
unfolding souls.

Some of the tools used for self-exploration in the group are:
Body-centered Inquiry, Interpersonal Exercises, Group Sharing, Creative Expression and Ceremony.

The Group will meet every other Thursday
March 20th – December 4th
3 PM – 5 PM
North Berkeley
Cost: $45 per meeting (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Facilitator: Barbara Reiner

To register, call or email Barbara Reiner at 510-506-3902

For more detailed information about the Coming of Age Group, visit:

For information about Barbara and her work, visit:

Adopt a Homeless Senior Project

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If you live in the Bay Area, it is hard to miss seeing and being affected by the numbers of people who are living on the streets. They sleep in doorways, on benches and in tent communities that are cropping up under our overpasses, railways and freeways. Our shelters are at maximum capacity. The main cause of homelessness here in the Bay Area is a lack of affordable housing. According to St. Mary’s Center located in downtown Oakland, an agency that works with very poor and at-risk seniors, over 50% of the homeless in the Bay Area are seniors.

Several neighbors in Berkeley who live on Keeler Avenue have gathered together to do something to make a difference. I am one of those neighbors who has committed themselves to raising 17K, the average cost of getting one homeless senior off the streets and into housing. On Labor Day, Monday 9/3, we are going to have a BLOCK-LONG GARAGE SALE. At least a portion of the proceeds will be given to St. Mary’s Center in support of our “Adopt a Homeless Senior Project”.

I invite you to come and enjoy the Garage Sale or simply give a cash donation to St. Mary’s Center. You can donate on-line at If you do, please acknowledge the Keeler Neighborhood Fund so that your donation will go directly to support our project.

Thank you for helping us make a difference.