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Our programs help aging adults plant roots.

What would you do if you got a call that changed your life?

Patricia, age 65, knows the feeling. Her mother died when Patricia was only 16 years old, and she was left to fend for herself, losing the only home she ever knew. For nearly five decades, Patricia was unhoused and adrift, moving herself and her little Chihuahua, Honey, from place to place with their few belongings. When the COVID-19 lockdown began, Patricia was introduced to Institute on Aging (IOA) and her Care Managers Allison and Brenda, who worked to find Patricia Permanent Supportive Housing in a Bay Area motel. “For the first time in my life,” says Patricia, “I didn’t have to worry about anyone stealing what little I have, and I finally felt safe.”

But having a stable place to live for the first time in many years came with new challenges. Allison and Brenda worked with Patricia to teach her how to take care of herself and her new space “so I could be a good member of the motel,” says Patricia. “They made sure I knew how to buy groceries, that I was keeping up with my medication, and that Honey had what she needed too.” In October 2022, Patricia got the call that would change her life. Her permanent one-bedroom apartment was ready, and it was all hers and Honey’s.

Patricia is one of thousands of aging adults and adults with disabilities who IOA works with annually to find housing and supportive services. We help people plant roots that create a foundation of safety, comfort and security – keeping them engaged in their communities and living independently for as long as is safely possible.

Patricia credits IOA with helping her find her “penthouse,” saying “I know that whenever I need anything, I can call IOA for help. You guys are my superheroes.”

Your support helps people like Patricia plant roots. Join IOA in growing a beautiful community by making a donation today.

To learn more about supporting Institute on Aging, contact Samantha Delson, Director, Development at or 415.750.4106