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The Vivalon Mission Plaza project has been proposed at an ideal time. – July 19, 2015

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The scarcity of affordable senior housing is not something to be ignored.

This countywide issue continues to be swept under the carpet, and now we have a truly viable project to finally help alleviate this issue. This project truly deserves our full community support.

As the cost of living continues to increase in Marin, the number of seniors who can afford to stay here continues to decrease, as the number of senior housing alternatives also continues to decrease. Our seniors deserve better care, support, assistance and affordable housing options.

It is imperative that the community stands behind projects like this, to improve the overall quality of life now, not later, as the number of future alternative sites is bound to decrease. There are significant changers occurring in Marin and let’s make sure this positive change is not an opportunity we let slip through our fingers.

I strongly encourage everyone’s support of Vivalon’s effort to continue their amazing care for our seniors, and applaud them for creating such a worthwhile solution to an ongoing public issue.

– Matt McPhee, Greenbrae

Senior Center Without Walls

Vivalon is happy to introduce a new service, Senior Center Without Walls

Senior Center Without Walls is a telephone-based outreach program for adults 60 and older with a lineup of workshops and activities offered 7 days a week such as brain games, bingo, book clubs, armchair travelers and daily 30 minute gratitude calls. All of the activities take place on the telephone with participants calling in from their own homes. For more information call 1-877-797-7299, or visit their web site by clicking here.

Best Places to Work 2015

Vivalon (Marin Senior Coordinating Council)

We just heard the good news! For the second year in a row, Vivalon has been named one of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. Vivalon is honored and humbled to receive this accolade for 2015.

By Gary Quackenbush, Special to the Business Journal

Best Places to Work 2015SAN RAFAEL — Vivalon promotes active and independent lives for Marin County’s older adults, and people with disabilities and health challenges, by providing transportation to appointments and programs at extremely low cost.

“I’m filled with gratitude every day when I see the dedication, commitment and compassion our employees give to our clients,” said CEO Joe O’Hehir.

“Each team member enjoys his or her job, which is focused on ensuring that every adult in Marin has the opportunity to age with dignity, independence and grace. Thanks to our devoted employees, Vivalon has become the surrogate family for thousands of older adults who face loneliness and isolation.”

An employee said, “Everyone is genuinely concerned about each others’ welfare and happiness. I was sick last week and my boss dropped off Gatorade at my house so I didn’t have to leave home!”

Another worker added, “Our friends and family members are always welcome to visit and eat at the Jackson Café, our on-site restaurant, where employees receive a discount. I can also bring my four-legged family member to work, which is a huge benefit.”

The company encourages and supports employee development and regularly promotes from within.

“We have a good team, and everyone is a team player. Management and staff are very polite — it’s hard to find a wonderful place like this.”

Reprinted from the Northbaybusinessjournal.com

Census: Marin growing old fast

Older gentleman using free weights in Vivalon Balance Class

Credit Alan Dep

05/12/2011 – Marin Independent Journal

By Nels Johnson

The first wave of Marin County’s baby boomer “silver tsunami” is beginning to cash Social Security checks, and a bigger surge of senior citizens is just a few years behind, new census data indicate.

Statistics released Thursday summarizing data collected during the 2010 census put the median age in Marin County at 44.5 years, highest in the Bay Area and nine years older than the state average of 35.2. The oldest population in California is in rural Trinity County, where the median age is 49.3 years.

Ten years ago, Marin’s median age was 41.3 years, while the state’s was 33.3, so Marin’s population is aging more than one-and-a-half times as fast as that of the rest of the state.

“Marin County is really on the cutting edge of the aging population we’ll see in the state,” said Hans Johnson, a demographer and senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. “And over the next 10 years in Marin, especially, is when you’re going to see big increases in the senior citizen population.”

Some 53,579 Marin residents, or 21.2 percent of the county’s 252,409 population, were age 62 or older, and 42,192 residents, or 16.7 percent of the population, were 65 or more years old.

The census reported that some 21,084 residents, or 8.4 percent, were 50 to 54 years old; 40,088 Marin residents, or 15.9 percent, were ages 55 to 64, and 14,037, or 5.6 percent, were 64 to 69. A total 18,981 residents, or 7.5 percent, were 75 years old or older.

The census also reported 13,932 children under age 5; 15,481 from 5 to 9 years old; 14,241 age 10 to 14, and 12,798 from 15 to 19 years old.

Belvedere, with a median age of 54, checked in as Marin’s grayest city, with Sausalito not far behind at 51.1 years, and Tiburon at 48. San Rafael, which posted a median age of 40.2 years, ranked as Marin’s youngest.

Marin population statistics provide policy makers with a planning road map, as public and private agencies increasingly cater to the needs of seniors for health care, housing, transit, social and related services as the population “ages in place.”

“Lots of seniors can’t drive at night,” Johnson said. “They need transit” and living quarters close to shopping and related services, he noted.

Older gentleman using free weights in Vivalon Balance Class

Credit Alan Dep

05/12/2011 – Marin Independant Journal

Por Nels Johnson

La primera ola de “tsunami de plata” del condado de Marin, baby boomers está empezando a cobrar cheques del Seguro Social, y un aumento mayor de los ciudadanos adultos mayores está a solo unos pocos años, indican los nuevos datos del censo.

Estadísticas dadas a conocer datos del jueves que resume recogida durante el censo de 2010 indica que la edad mediana en el condado de Marin en 44,5 años, el más alto en el área de la bahía y nueve años más que el promedio estatal de 35.2. La más antigua población de California está en el condado rural de Trinidad, donde la edad media es de 49,3 años.

Hace diez años, la edad mediana de Marín fue de 41.3 años, mientras que el estado fue de 33.3, por lo que la población está envejeciendo Marín veces más de una vez y media más rápido que el del resto del estado.

“Condado de Marin es realmente a la vanguardia del envejecimiento de la población vamos a ver en el estado”, dijo Hans Johnson, demógrafo y miembro senior del Instituto de Política Pública de California. “Y en los próximos 10 años en Marín, sobre todo, es cuando se van a ver grandes aumentos en la población de la tercera edad.”

Unos 53.579 residentes de Marin, o 21,2 por ciento de los 252.409 de la población del condado, fueron 62 años de edad o más, y 42.192 residentes, o 16,7 por ciento de la población, son 65 o más años de edad.

El censo reportó que algunos residentes de 21.084, o 8,4 por ciento, tenían entre 50 y 54 años; 40.088 residentes Marín, o 15,9 por ciento, fueron las edades de 55 a 64, y 14.037, o 5,6 por ciento, fueron de 64 a 69. Un total de 18.981 habitantes, o 7,5 por ciento, tenían 75 años o más.

El censo también ha reportado 13.932 niños menores de 5 años; 15.481 5 a 9 años de edad, 14.241 de 10 a 14, y el viejo 12,798 15 a 19 años.

Belvedere, con una mediana de edad de 54 años, marcada en lo más gris de la ciudad de Marin, en Sausalito no se queda atrás en 51,1 años, y Tiburón a las 48. San Rafael, que registró una media de edad de 40,2 años, clasificado como el más joven de Marín.

Estadísticas de Marin población proporcionar a los responsables de políticas con una hoja de ruta de planificación, como los organismos públicos y privados cada vez más atender a las necesidades de los adultos mayores para el cuidado de la salud, vivienda, transporte, servicios sociales y afines, como la población “envejece en su lugar.”

“Muchas personas mayores no pueden conducir por la noche”, dijo Johnson. “Ellos necesitan de tránsito” y de vida de cerca de tiendas y servicios relacionados, señaló.

I nearly burned down the house this morning-June 24, 2015

Aging in Marin Marty Orgel
By Marty Orgel

I woke up early Saturday morning, the first in the house to rise. It’s one of my favorite times of the day; the morning sun, and a pot of water on the stove for fresh coffee. Until the smoke alarm went off. Then a second, and a third, and as I remember, at least five smoke alarms blaring all at once. Read more…

WHISTLESTOP GETS SUPPORT FROM BANK OF MARINWHISTLESTOP GETS SUPPORT FROM BANK OF MARIN

BoM_LogoSan Rafael, CA (March 2013) — Two well-known local organizations, Bank of Marin and Vivalon, have enjoyed more than a decade of collaboration and community partnership together. Vivalon’s increasingly popular Jackson Café was named in honor of H.C. Jackson, one of the founders and past Board Directors of Bank of Marin. H.C. and Beverley Jackson made several generous gifts to Vivalon to support access to proper nutrition for older adults in Marin. The Bank of Marin made a gift earlier this year to help upgrade the Café’s aging kitchen equipment. Vivalon volunteers cheerily serve fresh and affordable lunches for about 100 diners a day. The restaurant is open to everyone, and you can be assured, everyone will feel more than welcome.

About Vivalon
Since 1954 Vivalon has been helping the Marin County’s older adults stay independent and active by avoiding social isolation. Vivalon is best known for providing specialized transportation for people with disabilities. Their fleet of over 55 specialized buses run seven days a week from early morning to late night, offering over 150,000 rides yearly throughout Marin and surrounding counties.

In addition, Vivalon’s Active Aging Center, located in downtown San Rafael, provides socialization for older adults through participant-centered services and activities. These include educational classes, exercise classes, and multicultural groups for Spanish, German, and Farsi-speaking older adults. Invaluable services like citizenship assistance, translation, ESL, tax preparation, and legal advice are offered as part of Vivalon’s ongoing mission.

Vivalon’s Jackson Café, located at the Active Aging Center, serves fresh, delicious and affordable lunchtime meals, Monday through Friday to diners of all ages. The Café features daily specials, deli sandwiches, soups, desserts, and fresh salads. The Jackson Café offers a comfortable setting where everyone is welcome.

Vivalon Meal on Wheels delivers fresh meals to homebound older adults throughout much of Marin. Their dedicated drivers check in on the meal recipients several times per week and will deliver 71,000 meals this year.

Vivalon Tea Dance Growing in Popularity

10/13/2010 – San Rafael Patch by Robin Collins

Seniors shake their stuff in San Rafael.

Mirror  ball, crepe paper, balloons, a CD mix of salsa, tango, waltz and swing.

Think it’s a teen dance? Nope, it’s a tea dance, with food and refreshments for seniors at Vivalon in San Rafael and they happen every other month from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday nights. And the price? $2.

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Tea Dance10/13/2010 – San Rafael de parches por Robin Collins

Mayores sacuden sus cosas en San Rafael.

Bola de espejos, papel crepé, globos, una mezcla de CD de salsa, tango, vals y swing.

Creo que es un baile para adolescentes? No, es una danza del té, comida y bebida para las personas mayores en Vivalon en San Rafael y suceden cada mes 5 a 7 de la tarde del viernes por la noche. Y el precio? $ 2.

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Vivalon address an important need – July 19, 2015

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I have been volunteering at Vivalon for over two years. I deliver food for the Meals on Wheels program and also distribute food for its Brown Bag program.

I’ve had a firsthand view of the needs of many of the seniors in Marin County.

Not only do I support Vivalon and its plans to redevelop its building at the existing location, this project is helping make a better future for our seniors, their families and those that will soon become senior citizens.

I truly hope the local elected officials see the benefits this project will bring to downtown San Rafael and surrounding communities.

Marin is facing some serious issues when it comes to providing housing that is affordable, in a great location and available.

For the sake of future generations, I hope our local officials will support organizations that are trying to address some of our most serious issues – now.

– Phil Dito, Greenbrae

Brown Bag Pantry

Vivalon’s Brown Bag Pantry offers free, healthy, fresh produce, meats and staple food items provided from the Marin/SF Food Bank. Simply bring proof of Marin residency and sign up. The pantry is open every Friday at 11:30am.

Students Cook Fresh at Jackson Cafe

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While the kitchen buzzes with activity and optimism, the dining room is relaxed, with a cheerful volunteer staff waiting to serve up the delicious results.

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$1 million foundation grant program benefits Marin seniors

Marin IJ Logo5/3/2011 – Marin Independent Journal

At the Marin Center for Independent Living in San Rafael, an expanded registry will put elderly disabled residents in touch with carefully screened, moderately priced caregivers.

Programs at LifeLong Medical Care in Novato and Senior Access in Terra Linda will provide day-care services and therapies for low-income elderly adults with dementia and other debilitating conditions — and allow rare respites for family members who otherwise are round-the-clock caregivers.

And at Vivalon Wheels in San Rafael, a host of programs that cater to the elderly will provide Marin seniors a place to socialize, a variety of things to do and hot meals to enjoy.

The four nonprofit agencies and 13 others serving senior citizens got a big helping hand from the Marin Community Foundation on Tuesday as it announced $1 million in grants aimed at boosting the county’s most vulnerable population — its poor, older adults.

Officials said the grants were made under the foundation’s “strategic focus on successful aging,” and are intended to provide the elderly with food, employment, social, educational and therapeutic services, allowing them to remain in the community while giving their family caregivers a rest as well.

The largest grants, $200,000 each, went to West Marin Senior Services and Vivalon Wheels, where Marin’s growing senior population benefits from an array of services.

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Marin IJ LogoDiario Independiente de Marin – 03/05/2011

En el Centro de Vida Independiente de Marin en San Rafael, un registro ampliado pondrá ancianos residentes discapacitados en contacto con los seleccionados cuidadosamente, los cuidadores de precios moderados.

Programas de Cuidado médico de por vida en Novato y el acceso principal en Terra Linda prestación de servicios de atención diurna y terapias para adultos de bajos ingresos, ancianos con demencia y otras condiciones debilitantes – y permitir respiros raro que los miembros de la familia que de otra manera son los médicos durante todo el día-.

Y en Vivalon en San Rafael, una serie de programas que provee una serie de programas diseñados para adultos mayores, ofrecerá a estas personas un lugar para socializar, una variedad de actividades y comidas para disfrutar.

Las cuatro agencias sin fines de lucro y otras 13 personas de la tercera edad se sirve una gran mano de ayuda a la Fundación Comunitaria de Marin el martes, cuando anunció $ 1 millón en subvenciones destinadas a impulsar la población más vulnerable del condado – la pobreza de adultos mayores.

Las autoridades dijeron que las donaciones se realizaron en la fundación “enfoque estratégico sobre el envejecimiento exitoso”, y tienen por objeto proporcionar a los ancianos con los alimentos, empleo, servicios sociales, educativos y terapéuticos, lo que les permite permanecer en la comunidad al tiempo que sus familiares cuidadores un descanso también.

El más grande de las subvenciones, 200.000 dólares cada uno, fue a West Marin Servicios para Personas Mayores y las ruedas Vivalon, donde el cultivo de Marin beneficios población mayor de una amplia gama de servicios.

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Ways to Get Around for Marin Seniors-June 25, 2015

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Marin IJ Readers’ Forum for June 25

Thank you for shining a spotlight on the critical transportation needs of Marin’s senior population in your front-page story on Monday, “Ride program for seniors could be model for county.”

Vivalon is following this great example with the launch of CarePool, a new volunteer driver program serving seniors from Sausalito to Novato with funding support from Marin Transit and Marin General Hospital. Read more…

Vivalon PROVIDES LATEST EDITION OF Annual Directory of Older Adults Services

Free resource directory covers services that older adults and their families
might need to live healthy, active lives in Marin County

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San Rafael, CA (March 2013) — Vivalon, the non-profit organization that provides vital services to Marin County’s older adults and individuals with disabilities, announces the release of the twenty-fifth edition of the organization’s annual Directory of Older Adults Services in Marin County. The Directory provides valuable information on every subject relating to the health and welfare of Marin’s older adults and their families. It includes topics such as adult day care, companionship, disaster preparedness, financial assistance, health care, home care, insurance information, pet care, recreation, skilled nursing facilities and much more. “Our mission at Vivalon is to give everyone in Marin the opportunity to age with dignity, independence and grace,” said Vivalon’s CEO Joe O’Hehir. “The Vivalon Directory provides an aggregate of information covering many of the issues older adults face in our society, and it’s a vital resource for their families. With the Pacific Sun’s support, we’re pleased that we’re able to offer this Directory to the community.” The printed and online versions of the Directory are FREE to the public and available at Vivalon, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael, and at www.whistlestop.org, under the Services tab.

About Vivalon
Since 1954 Vivalon has been helping the Marin County’s older adults stay independent and active by avoiding social isolation. Vivalon is best known for providing specialized transportation for people with disabilities. Their fleet of over 55 specialized buses run seven days a week from early morning to late night, offering over 150,000 rides yearly throughout Marin and surrounding counties.

Vivalon’s Active Aging Center, located in downtown San Rafael, provides socialization for older adults through participant-centered services and activities. These include educational classes, exercise classes, and multicultural groups for Spanish, German, and Farsi-speaking older adults. Invaluable services like citizenship assistance, translation, ESL, tax preparation, and legal advice are offered as part of Vivalon’s ongoing mission.

Vivalon’s Jackson Café, located at the Active Aging Center, serves fresh, delicious and affordable lunchtime meals, Monday through Friday to diners of all ages. The Café features daily specials, deli sandwiches, soups, desserts, and fresh salads. The Jackson Café offers a comfortable setting where everyone is welcome.

Vivalon Meal on Wheels delivers fresh meals to homebound older adults throughout much of Marin. Their dedicated drivers check in on the meal recipients several times per week and will deliver 70,000 meals this year.

Lifelong Learning: Choices are Many

03/2010 – Vivalon Silver Express

“Education is wasted on the young!” is a phrase I’ve heard all my life and one that had particular meaning in the years we were putting our children through college. I would look yearningly at the course choices they got to select from and wish that I could take some of those same classes myself. I instinctively felt that, at the age of 40 or 50 something, I’d appreciate them much more than they would as late teens or young adults. At that time I was too busy working to help raise and support them to contemplate finding time to take a night or weekend class.

Fact is, we learn just by living every day, by our social interactions, by the personal choices we make in our reading, our exposure to media news and the internet, in myriad ways. In my household we always have a book at hand. My husband prefers non-fiction and particularly favors current affairs, history with a leaning to “modern” history – the 19th & 20th centuries. Over dinner we talk about what he’s reading and he may share it with the rest of us. When we have other family or friends with us, there is usually a conversation (or argument) about politics or some event (Haiti’s earthquake is the story as I write this), what we think about it, how we got into the “mess,” how to get out of it, and how history relates to it.

My reading choices are nearly always fiction or biography. I especially love stories about other cultures, other times, American or foreign. I am keenly aware of how much more I know about the world, largely self-taught, than I did as a college student.

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Tooting our Horn!

North Bay Business Journal Best Places to Work 2015For the second year in a row, Vivalon has been named one of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work.

Vivalon is honored and humbled to receive this accolade.

“I’m filled with gratitude every day when I see the dedication, commitment and compassion our employees give to our clients,” said CEO Joe O’Hehir Read More…

Winners are selected by the magazine’s editorial staff. Recipients were judged on diversity, employee benefits and perks, family-friendly workplace, and community involvement.

New Vivalon program will aid senior travel in Marin

2/12/2011 – Marin Independent Journal

A San Rafael-based group that helps provide transportation for the elderly and people with disabilities will begin a new program Tuesday that utilizes friends and neighbors.

Vivalon Wheels’ new “Volunteer Driver” program is aimed at adults 60 and older who are in need of rides, live in Marin County and are unable to use a shared ride service, but who could use a friend, neighbor, acquaintance or caregiver to be their driver.

Those who volunteer to drive will be reimbursed at the rate of 30 cents a mile under the one-year pilot program. Initially the trips will be targeted for medical and shopping excursions within a 30-mile radius.

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Marin IJ logo2/12/2011 – Marin Independent Journal

Un grupo de San Rafael, que ayuda a proporcionar el transporte para los ancianos y las personas con discapacidad se iniciará un nuevo programa del martes, que utiliza los amigos y vecinos.

Ruedas Vivalon “nuevo” conductor voluntario “programa está dirigido a los adultos mayores de 60 años que necesitan de paseos, viven en el condado de Marin y son incapaces de utilizar un servicio de viaje compartido, pero que podría utilizar un amigo, vecino, conocido o cuidador ser su conductor.

Los voluntarios de la unidad serán reembolsados ​​a razón de 30 centavos por milla en el programa piloto de un año. Inicialmente, los viajes serán objeto de excursiones médicas y compras dentro de un radio de 30 millas.

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The future of aging

Josepoh O'Hehir

MAY is Older Americans Month. President Barack Obama has called upon Americans of all ages to acknowledge the remarkable contributions and sacrifices of our elders, and offer our renewed gratitude and support.

Photo: Joseph O’Hehir, executive director of Marin Vivalon Senior Services.

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Vivalon Launches New Website to Better Serve Marin Seniors

Patch Logo5/26/2011 – Patch

Vivalon, the nonprofit that provides vital services to Marin County’s older adults and individuals with disabilities, launched its new website, www.whistlestop.org to provide easier access to resources for its clients and their families. The new site is not only easy to user-friendly but also accessible for people using screen readers.

“Our aim is to reach all of Marin’s older adults and encourage them to take advantage of our available resources – computer classes, exercise and tai chi, social groups, legal and tax advice — to help them stay active and connected with our community,” said Yvonne Roberts, Vivalon’s development and marketing director.

Visitors to the site can search by keyword, peruse a full calendar of classes, seminars and events, find out the daily luncheon specials at the Jackson Café, sign up to volunteer, and download applications for transportation services.

“We hope that this improved site will also reach the children and grandchildren of older adults, especially those who live outside of the Bay Area,” said Joe O’Hehir, Vivalon’s CEO. “My 80-year-old parents live in Florida, and I would greatly appreciate a resource like this when I am seeking assistance to help meet my parents’ needs for socialization, transportation, care giving, and help around the house.”

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Patch Logo5/26/2011 – Patch

Vivalon, la organización sin fines de lucro que proporciona servicios vitales a los adultos mayores del condado de Marin y las personas con discapacidad, lanzó su nueva página web, www.whistlestop.org para facilitar a sus clientes y familias el acceso a recursos. El nuevo sitio no sólo es fácil de usar, sino que también accesible para las personas que utilizan lectores de pantalla.

“Nuestro objetivo es llegar a todos los adultos mayores de Marín y animarles a aprovechar de nuestros recursos disponibles – clases de computación, el ejercicio y el tai grupos chi, social, asesoramiento legal y fiscal – para ayudarles a mantenerse activo y vinculado con nuestra comunidad”, , dijo Yvonne Roberts, el desarrollo Vivalon y director de marketing.

Los visitantes al sitio pueden buscar por palabra clave, examinar un calendario completo de clases, seminarios y eventos, busca las ofertas almuerzo diario en el Café Jackson, inscribirse como voluntario, y descargar aplicaciones para servicios de transporte.

“Esperamos que este sitio mejorado también llegará a los hijos y nietos de los adultos mayores, especialmente aquellos que viven fuera del área de la bahía”, dijo Joe O’Hehir, consejero delegado de Vivalon. “Mis padres de 80 años de edad vive en la Florida, y yo agradecería mucho un recurso como este cuando estoy buscando asistencia para ayudar a satisfacer las necesidades de mis padres para la socialización, el transporte, dando atención y ayuda en la casa.”

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Joe O’Hehir radio interview with KEAR Radio-June 26, 2015


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ADA Transition Plan update/ Public Survey

As required by Title II of the ADA, the City of Mill Valley is conducting a self-evaluation of its facilities and updating the Transition Plan. This update is an important step in the ultimate goal of ensuring all of the Cities facilities, services, programs and activities are accessible to all individuals.

As part of this process, we are requesting public input in the form of a survey. This survey is available as a link here that can be completed and submitted digitally, or printed out and submitted as a hard copy.