You're invited to the 33rd annual Kitchen Tour, featuring five beautiful homes, four of which are in Hillsborough and the fifth in Burlingame. Each self-guided tour includes views of the entry, notable rooms, the kitchen, and beautiful gardens. At each home you will be treated to delicious samples from local food artisans, including Sibby's Cupcakes, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pasta, Pasta, and more. Several artists will display their work. The Kitchen Tour is also an excellent resource for Bay Area interior designers.
A brief description of the homes may entice your interest in going on the tour! One home, an historic stately grey-shingled mansion built in the late 1800's, has been recently restored to achieve traditional yet modern elegance. A second home is situated on land that was once the dairy farm for the Palace Hotel, and has been lovingly renovated while maintaining much of its history. A third home is a new Georgian Colonial designed to suit today's modern lifestyle, and has an award-winning custom gourmet kitchen that California Home + Design magazine featured. A fourth home was built in 1934 on pastures with grazing cows and views of continuous meadows. The original owners allowed their friend, Ansel Adams, to develop photos in the basement. The fifth home is a one-level contemporary with a spacious open floor plan, decorated to evoke the feeling of mid-century chic.
The Community Service League (CSL) is a nonprofit organization staffed entirely by a group of dedicated women committed to directly impacting the quality of life of San Mateo County residents in crisis or challenged by mental health issues. Their fundraising efforts directly support the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County and StarVista Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Center. Since its inception in 1976, CSL has donated over $1,483,230 to the two agencies, through funds raised from two annual events, the Holiday Auction & Luncheon in December and the signature Kitchen Tour in May.
Purchase tickets online at http://www.cslsmc.org, at convenient retail locations listed on the website, or by telephone, 650-483-6485.
Evelyn F. Stanton, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County from 1979-2003, passed away at the end of December, 2012. Evelyn was instrumental in the development and growth of the organization that exists today. Her leadership, vision and courage allowed us to tackle issues of serious mental illness, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS in cutting-edge ways long before national solutions were being sought. Our entire community benefited from Evelyn's efforts and commitment to the organization, our programs and the people we serve. On behalf of MHA Board and staff, Evelyn's colleagues and admirers, we extend our deepest sympathies to Evelyn's family and celebrate her legacy through the programs she was so influential in establishing.
Mental Health Association of San Mateo County and Cedar Street Apartments, Inc.
invite you to purchase an engraved tile to support the residents of Cedar Street
Apartments and other MHA clients through your contribution.
More than two hundred people gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Cedar Street Apartments on May 10. Tom Harshman, President of Cedar Street Apartments, Inc., Board and Elise Clowës, President of MHA's Board, officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Two residents, Veronica Stevens and Bridgette Ohms, shared their deep gratitude for the opportunity to live at Cedar Street. Speakers included Jeff Gee, Vice Mayor of Redwood City; Duane Bay, Director of the San Mateo County Housing Department; Laurence Fergison, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Development Director for Section 202/811 Programs; Julie Hoffman for Representative Jackie Speier; Nanette Guevarra, California Housing Finance Agency; and Steve Kaplan, Director, San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.
Duane Bay highlighted the Cedar Street Apartments as emblematic of the vision of developing the Grand Boulevard along El Camino Real. Laurence Fergison of HUD described Cedar Street as an example of HUD's commitment to quality housing, including double-paned windows, recycled materials, and energy star appliances. MHA staff gave executive director Melissa Platte a dozen roses in recognition of her six years of effort to bring Cedar Street Apartments to fruition. The ceremony closed with Board of Supervisors Chair Carol Groom cutting the ribbon to mark the opening of Cedar Street Apartments.
Cedar Street Apartments features fourteen studio apartments for adults living with serious mental illness (plus one unit for the on-site manager). Each fully furnished, 450 square foot studio includes a kitchen with oven and refrigerator. Residents will enjoy a community room with full kitchen, a landscaped courtyard, and laundry room. The federal subsidy provided through the HUD 811 program makes the units permanently affordable for people with mental illness whose incomes are well below the poverty line. On-site services include case management, wellness activities, nursing, occupational therapy, and medication assistance.
Cedar Street Apartments offers fourteen studio apartments to adults living with mental illness (and one unit for the on-site manager). The federal subsidy provided through the HUD 811 program makes the units permanently affordable for people with mental illness whose incomes are well below the poverty line. On-site supportive services focus on educational and vocational opportunities and activities.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation awarded $30,000 to the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County for fiscal year 2012-13 to support the Spring Street Shelter, the only emergency shelter in San Mateo County specifically designed to serve homeless adults in the mental health system. The grant will be used to provide case management to help them transition into permanent housing more quickly and successfully.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation increased funding to their Safety Net grants in December 2008 when the economic situation began to have a significant impact on some of the most vulnerable individuals in society and the nonprofit organizations that serve them. This is the fourth Safety Net grant MHA has received from Silicon Valley Community Foundation since 2008 to support the Spring Street Shelter.
The funding from Silicon Valley Community Foundation has allowed MHA to provide increased case management services to residents, which has resulted in shorter stays and more positive, long-term outcomes for residents. In addition, previous funding enabled MHA to provide meals for individuals with mental illness in the community who were struggling to get by because of the decrease in public benefits. This has made a significant difference in the lives of those we serve. We extend our thanks and appreciation to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and County of San Mateo for their unique and critical collaboration during these difficult economic times.
The Sequoia Healthcare District awarded the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County $50,000 to support the wellness program at the Belmont Apartments and at Spring Street. This generous donation supports the expansion of the activities of MHA's public health nurse, who leads wellness activities, provides direct care, and advocates for our clients with healthcare providers.
Physical health is essential to mental health. Individuals with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than the general population. The stress of coping with poor physical health exacerbates mental health problems. In response, MHA has supported for six years a public health nurse to work closely with the residents of St. Matthew Hotel, Belmont Apartments, and Spring Street.
In addition to all the activities of the public health nurse, this last year, supported by the Sequoia Healthcare District, the nonprofit Miles of Smiles began offering dental examinations and cleanings. This upcoming year the dental exams will continue, complemented by health fairs that offer cholesterol checks, body mass index, and chair massages.
MHA is deeply grateful to the Sequoia Healthcare District for their generous support. MHA is pleased to support the goals of Sequoia's five major health areas: health literacy, healthy food, preventive health, behavioral health, and chronic disease management.
Mills-Peninsula Health Services granted MHA $10,000 to continue its wellness program at the St. Matthew Hotel in downtown San Mateo. MHA has been providing case management services at St. Matthew since 1997. Since 2006 MHA has supported a public health nurse to improve all aspects of the residents' physical and mental health. The public health nurse:
- instructs residents how to follow their healthcare regimens, including use of medications. The nurse also educates residents about hygiene, diet, and exercise.
- organizes health fairs to connect residents to health resources.
- evaluates acute medical conditions, then makes referrals or provides treatment, keeping residents from unnecessary trips to the emergency room.
- provides medical case management for residents when they see their doctor or go to the hospital to make sure they get the best care possible.
We thank Mills-Peninsula Health Services for supporting MHA's work to improve the physical and mental health of the residents of St. Matthew Hotel.
MHA received a Cy Pres award in In re Apple iPod Nano Cases. As a result of the settlement of the Apple iPod Nano case, MHA has received funds totaling over $100,000. We wish to thank the Law Offices of Pearson, Simon, Warshaw & Penny, LLP and Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, LLP for recommending us for the award. The funds will support technology upgrades, public health nursing expansion, supportive housing service staff, and expanded occupational therapy.
- Technology upgrade — We will upgrade our IT system to meet current needs and establish sufficient capacity for the foreseeable future.
- Public Health Nursing program expansion — A nurse now provides assessment, evaluation, medical case management, and minor treatment at St. Matthew Residential Hotel in San Mateo and at the Belmont Apartments. This settlement will allow us to expand the services to the Spring Street Shelter.
- Occupational Therapy — We will expand our occupational therapy services to provide more of our clients individualized evaluation and customized intervention to improve their ability to perform daily activities and reach their goals.