Member Stories

Clover & Stephanie

Thumbnail: 160x160 px 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 California Children’s Services Pilot provides. This unique program has also empowered Clover’s mom Stephanie to advocate for Clover and other special needs kids. Read more


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. Through the program, Conrado got an apartment of his own in a senior housing complex and the kind of care he needed to live independently. Read more


Dora Dora 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 more


Eric In 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 more

Jennifer & Noah

Jennifer and Baby Noah Jennifer 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. Jennifer eventually started using meth, one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs. Unable to hold down a job and pay rent, she wound up living on the streets. Read more


Marcia From 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. Marcia lost so many clients that she had to shut her daycare down in 2012 after 22 years in business. Read more


Marijo At 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. With the program’s help, Marijo was able to regain her health and independence. Read more


Paul In 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 more


Rafael After 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 more


Rick After 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 more