December 1, 2016

Dear Friends,

2016 has been remarkable year for Openhouse. The founding vision and purpose of the agency, to create long term affordable housing options for LBGT seniors, comes to fruition this month with the opening of 55 Laguna. This building, combined with the housing development that will begin construction in 2017, provides 119 units of LGBT welcoming senior housing—the first in San Francisco and one of the largest developments in the nation. With the opening of these buildings we will continue to expand services to reach 3,000 seniors annually, and affect many thousands more through our training and advocacy.

Now as we begin 2017, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Karyn Skultety will be taking the helm of Openhouse as its next Executive Director. We searched locally and nationally for a leader who effortlessly blended expertise and innovation with a commitment to people and partnerships. Karyn is that person.

Karyn currently serves as the Vice President of Health Services at Institute on Aging (IOA), and will begin her position with OH on February 13, 2017. Karyn has built a career providing innovative solutions and services for aging adults. Her vision, leadership, and ability to build effective strategic partnerships will serve OH well as it expands services to meet the needs of our aging LGBT community members. Click here for a news release that provides additional information on Karyn.

Over the coming months there will be several meet-and-greet opportunities to get to know Karyn—including a ribbon cutting, donor recognition, and our annual Spring Fling event.

On the behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, we enthusiastically welcome Karyn to the Openhouse family and look forward to a successful collaboration. We also want to take this moment to thank our Interim Executive Director, Tim Daniels. For the past seven months, he has helped Openhouse during this critical transition, and his efforts in preparing the agency for this change in leadership allow for a smooth transition to Karyn.

As a member of our community of donors, constituents, allied organizations, and stakeholders, we thank you for your commitment to ensure all LGBT seniors can age with dignity and pride in the community they helped to create. We look forward to bringing you more news about Openhouse’s plans for 2017 and beyond – and to introduce you in person to Karyn Skultety.

Please feel free to contact me anytime at [email protected] to share comments or suggestions on how Openhouse can best serve the needs of our community.

With deep appreciation for your continued support,




Bill Scherer
President, Board of Directors


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Hot Off the Presses!

It’s been a landmark year at Openhouse, and you can read all about it in the latest issue of Gray Matters. Learn about our programs and events—from housing assistance to Friendly Visitors, lively classes, community activities, and the Spring Fling gala. You’ll find inspiring stories from community members like Jeane, Kristian, and Luis, and the latest information about how you can apply for housing at 55 Laguna. And it’s all just a click away! (Or stop by the Openhouse offices to pick up a print copy.)

Case Management at Openhouse

The Openhouse case management program offers a comprehensive look at the needs of LGBT older adults, adults with disabilities, and/or  caregivers to ensure high-quality holistic care, coordination of services, and follow-through, while maintaining the dignity of each individual and addressing his/her unique needs.

Have you been discharged from the hospital and need in-home support? Experiencing a life transition and feeling overwhelmed about what to do next? Are you struggling with a challenging situation and don’t know where to turn to for help? You don’t have to figure it out on your own. Contact Openhouse’s case management program where you’ll receive compassionate support and expert care navigation and coordination services. Click here to read more about case management services at Openhouse.

ADRC at Openhouse

Openhouse is thrilled to be the new Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for LGBT Seniors across the city! The Openhouse ADRC is a hub where you can go to find answers about housing, public assistance, benefits, health care and more. The ADRC office is located on the 4th floor of the LGBT Community Center. Stop by to meet Openhouse’s newest team member, Manuel Martinez. Manuel is our ADRC Information and Assistance Specialist. He will assist community members by connecting them with a variety of programs and services.

Manuel has worked in the nonprofit community in San Francisco for the last 3 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer science and found a passion in the nonprofit sector through helping seniors and adults with disabilities in both English and Spanish.

Manuel has also been deeply involved with the LGBT and Latino Partnerships in the city to better connect service providers to additional resources that may help the communities they serve. In his new role at Openhouse, he is looking forward to continuing his work with the LGBT community as well and as continuing to share his knowledge with all seniors and adults with disabilities in the neighborhood. For information and assistance on a range of issues, call Manuel at (415) 347-8509.

Events and Programs for Seniors

Every month Openhouse offers a wide range of programs and activities for LGBT seniors. These programs include exercise classes, men’s and women’s support groups, grief counseling, health workshops, housing assistance and more. We have something for everyone. Openhouse also offers a Friendly Visitor program to provide conversation and companionship to LGBT older adults in San Francisco. To receive our monthly newsletter or to get more information about our programs, please give us a call at (415) 296-8995 or send us an email.

Click here to see upcoming events and programs

Click here to see this month’s newsletter

Openhouse Curriculum Available

We are proud to announce the release of our highly anticipated LGBT Cultural Humility Curriculum for Senior Service Providers, From Isolation to Inclusion: Reaching and Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Seniors. The cost to purchase the curriculum is $50 for individuals and $150 for agencies or organizations. Click here to learn more about the curriculum or to order yours today!