Members of the industry focused on supporting senior homeownership shared a meaningful connection this weekend with hundreds of senior citizens who live in the single residency occupancy hotels and homeless shelters of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.
More than 70 members of NRMLA spent Sunday morning (November 15) preparing meals, distributing Thanksgiving grocery bags, and socializing at the Curry Senior Center on Turk Street, only a few blocks from the hotel where the trade association’s Annual Meeting began.
Longtime Curry resident Diane Evans said that when people come to visit and volunteer at the center, it reminds seniors that they are not forgotten and not thrown away.
“We are all so incredibly fortunate and we don’t truly realize it until we do something like this,” said Rhiannon Behnke, a managing director at Retirement Funding Solutions who volunteered at Curry. “I was first inspired to work with seniors as a teenager when I got a job at the local senior center. I think that in our industry, this is the connection we all share, we want to help our elders live with confidence and as much independence as possible.”
The Curry Center provides at-risk and very low income seniors in need with a wide range of integrated services, including health care, housing, nutrition, and a strong sense of community. Each year, Curry serves more than 50,000 breakfasts and 60,000 lunches to older adults who struggle to find the resources to meet their daily needs.
Curry’s director of development, Tod Thorpe, said that NRMLA’s service project was the largest volunteer effort held at the center and that he hopes more groups will follow the association’s lead. Enthusiastic volunteers bring fresh energy to the seniors and encourage more socialization, added Thorpe.