Member Stories

Clover & Stephanie

Stephanie and Clover Born with severe Cerebral Palsy, eight-year-old Clover struggles every day with challenges that most people can only imagine. She cannot walk, is legally blind, cannot speak and cannot eat or drink through her mouth. That means Clover needs special care – which the Whole Child Model provides. Read Clover's story


ConradoConrado moved into a long-term care facility after hip replacement surgery left him unable to walk. When his health improved, Conrado no longer needed round-the-clock care, so his doctor recommended him for HPSM’s Community Care Settings Pilot. Read Conrado's story


DoraDora is 70, and likes to stay active. She goes to the gym, enjoys hiking and dancing, and works as a food server in a senior living facility cafeteria. She also spends time with family. Though her husband passed away several years ago, she has a 50-year-old daughter and sees her three grandchildren often. Read Dora's story


EricIn 2014, Eric was in a terrible automobile accident, leaving him confined to a wheelchair for more than a year. “That crash changed my whold world,” he said. “I had to learn to walk again. But I was just grateful to be alive.” Read Eric's Story

Jennifer & Noah

Jennifer and Baby NoahJennifer grew up in San Mateo County, but never felt at home. Her parents were drug addicts, and after they lost custody, she cycled through a series of foster homes. In her teens, she started experimenting with drugs and alcohol, which led to addiction in her twenties. Read Jennifer's story


KojoAfter Kojo got his law degree from Howard University, he worked as a paralegal in Washington DC while studying for the Bar Exam to become an attorney. Then, tragically, everything he had worked so hard to build suddenly collapsed when he had a psychological breakdown. Read Kojo's story


MarciaFrom 1990 on, Marcia’s Daycare provided hundreds of kids in South San Francisco with a safe, nurturing home-away-from home while their parents worked. The community even gave awards to its founder, Marcia, for making a positive difference in people’s lives. But in 2008, the Great Recession hit, and parents who lost their jobs could no longer afford child care. Read Marcia's story


MarijoAt age 55, a stroke left the right side of Marijo’s body virtually paralyzed. From then on, she could no longer work – instead, she needed someone to take care of her. Then Marijo started getting regular home visits through HomeAdvantage, which brings health care to people at home whenever they need it. Read Marijo's story


PaulIn 1972, Paul got shot point-blank while being robbed. This severely damaged his stomach and pancreas, starting a series of lifelong health problems, including Type 2 diabetes. After being laid off, Paul lost his health insurance. Nearly three decades later, he was able to get health care under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicare expansion program, allowing him to get the care and medications he needed. Read Paul's story


RafaelAfter suffering a stroke in 2012, Rafael could not walk without a walker. Medical bills left he and his wife Zenaida struggling financially, so they lived in a rented garage. HPSM’s Community Care Settings Pilot got them a furnished apartment in a subsidized senior community that was much more affordable. The program also provided Rafael with the support he needed to recover from his stroke. Read Rafael's story


RickAfter being hospitalized for sepsis and a blood clot in his leg, Rick was diagnosed with several other chronic health conditions, including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, glaucoma, an enlarged prostate and an atrial fibrillation. After moving into a long-term care facility, Rick enrolled in HPSM’s Community Care Settings Pilot. The program got him an affordable apartment of his own and mobilized resources to support his health. Read Rick's story