Self Help for the Elderly

Providing strength, hope and empowerment to seniors since 1966.

Our Story


Originally created as a “War on Poverty” program, Self-Help for the Elderly began serving seniors in San Francisco’s Chinatown community in 1966. Today, Self-Help for the Elderly serves over 40,000 older adults each year in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Over 90% of our clients are low-income and from minority communities. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults by empowering seniors to help themselves and by providing comprehensive range of multicultural and multilingual services. We are firmly committed to the seniors’ security, freedom and peace of mind and promoting their independence, dignity and self-worth. Under our attentive care, seniors will gain access to programs and services which will empower them to make lifestyle choices, to enhance their standard of living, and to achieve the best possible health.

Self-Help for the Elderly promotes independence, well-being, and dignity for older adults through culturally aligned services and programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We envision a world where all elders have the respect, care, and support to lead dignified and vibrant lives.

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Contact Information


Self Help for the Elderly
Self Help for the Elderly
731 Sansome Street, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94111