Group of Seniors Arranging Flowers

Community in Downtown San Francisco

It’s not just fun to be surrounded by community – it’s life-changing. Friendship and socialization can increase your sense of belonging, reduce stress, boost happiness, and promote your overall health! At our Downtown location, you can expect to build life-long friendships, create lasting memories, and experience community with older adults.


View our programs below to find a class, activity, or meal time that works for you to start building your community.

About Downtown

Opened in 1966, our Downtown Center was the first senior center in California to receive funding from the Older Americans Act.


Monday – Thursday: 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Friday: 9:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Saturday – Sunday: Project Open Hand Meals only.
Breakfast 9:00 A.M., lunch 11:00 AM


Contact Information



481 O’Farrell Street

San Francisco, CA 94102


MUNI: Inbound 38 Geary stops right in front of the Center.

Our Team

Judith Dancer

Director of Senior Centers


Ione Ishii

Ione Iishi

Social Service Coordinator


Gloria Garcia

Gloria Garcia

Program Assistant


Joe Chen

Joe Chan

Receptionist (Mandarin and Cantonese)


Wendy Ng

Windy Ng

Information & Assistance Specialist



Karen Ren

Karen Ren

Information & Assistance Specialist



Luisa Balatbat

Information and Referral Specialist



Jaren Liang

Information & Assistance Specialist



Featured Classes

Two Women Taking a Ceramics Class

Art Classes

Get creative at an art, music, or writing class! Classes are available in-person or through Zoom.

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Check our calendar to find upcoming seminars, classes, and educational programs.

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Two Senior Men Enjoying Lunch

Nutritious Meals

Meals provided 7 days a week by Project Open Hand provide warm breakfast and lunch to older adults (age 60+) and adults with disabilities (age 18-59).

Find a Meal Time
Woman Taking a Weights Class

Fitness Classes

Check our calendar for current classes such as Tai Chi, movement exercise, and chair yoga.

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Sequoia Living - Community Services


These programs serving the community are funded by the City of San Francisco’s Department of Disability and Aging Services.