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My very rewarding job at Whistlestop

My very rewarding job at WhistlestopBy Erika Vaughn Aging in Marin

I finally have a job I truly love, a role that allows me to come into work with a smile on my face and in my heart. As Whistlestop’s Meals on Wheels Supervisor, I get to see first-hand how welcome our meals are and the good our drivers do when they make deliveries to recipients who are isolated and homebound.

I recall one delivery that epitomizes the value of Meals on Wheels. I grew very close to a lady who stole my heart. One day when I arrived to deliver a meal to this particular 87-year-old, I saw paramedics. I ran inside her house and saw her strapped on a stretcher, ready to be rolled out. When she saw me her eyes lit up and she said, ‘I’ve been waiting for you.’ I hoped she was going to be okay. The Emergency Medical Technicians said she insisted on waiting for “her second daughter” who worked for Meals on Wheels, which was me! Read More…

Even better, the food’s fine

Even better, the food's fine3/10/2011 – Marin Independant Journal

Marin Readers’ Forum for March 10

I was thrilled to see the front-page article in Sunday’s IJ about the partnership of Whistlestop and Homeward Bound.

However, you do the Jackson Cafe a disservice when you call the meals merely inexpensive and nutritious.

I volunteer once a week at Whistlestop. A few weeks ago, I reluctantly bought my lunch at the Cafe. “Reluctantly,” because the food over the years has been so tasteless.

I was served a plate of vegetarian lasagna (artichoke hearts, mushrooms and gooey cheese), Caesar salad and three adorable cupcakes topped with a swirl of cream cheese frosting (not that rot-your-teeth slab of sugar so popular these days).

All for $4 (seniors’ price).

The next week, I had ravioli in broth with slices of prosciutto and fresh, crisp sugar snap peas and a couple of homemade cookies.

The food is fresh, cooked to order. No steam table mush.

I can’t wait until I go in this week. I’m going to try the pizza — made from scratch (including the dough).

For those of you who’ve eaten at the Jackson Cafe over the years, come back — it’s a real treat. It’s not just for low-income seniors.

Carol Golden, Fairfax

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Even better, the food's fine3/10/2011 – Marin Independent Journal

Foro Lectores Marin 10 de marzo

Yo estaba encantada de ver el artículo de primera plana en IJ del domingo por la asociación de Whistlestop and Bound vuelta a casa.

Sin embargo, lo hace el Café Jackson un flaco favor al llamar a la comida simple de bajo costo y nutritivos.

Me ofrezco como voluntario una vez por semana en Whistlestop. Hace unas semanas, a regañadientes compró mi almuerzo en la cafetería. “De mala gana,” porque la comida en los últimos años ha sido tan mal gusto.

Me sirvieron un plato de lasaña vegetariana (corazones de alcachofa, champiñones y queso pegajoso), ensalada César y tres bizcochos adorable cubierto con un remolino de glaseado de queso crema (no que se pudren los dientes-su-losa de azúcar tan popular en estos días).

Todo por $ 4 (precio de la tercera edad).

A la semana siguiente, había ravioli en caldo con trozos de jamón y guisantes frescos, crujientes sugar snap y un par de galletas hechas en casa.

La comida es fresca, cocinados a la orden. No papilla mesa de vapor.

No puedo esperar hasta que me vaya de esta semana. Voy a probar la pizza – hecha desde cero (incluyendo la masa).

Para aquellos de ustedes que han comido en el Café de Jackson en los últimos años, vuelve – es un verdadero placer. No es sólo para mayores de bajos ingresos.

Carol de Oro, Fairfax

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San Rafael and Novato make AARPs Top 10 List in Livability Categories-May 11, 2015

San Rafael and Novato make AARPs Top 10 List in Livability Categories-May 11, 2015
By Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal

When it comes to healthy living and the dating scene, AARP likes what it sees in San Rafael and Novato.

The cities made AARP’s top 10 list for small cities in two categories: best cities for staying healthy and best cities for date night. The categories are for people 50 and older. Read more…

Down by the Station

<!--:en-->Down by the Station<!--:-->Talk about making lemonade from lemons. Rather than threatening to sue SMART over possible construction obstruction at the downtown San Rafael station, Whistlestop now envisions a new building that would be the first transit-oriented development for seniors and people with disabilities in Marin along the SMART rail line.
“We want to take the challenge that we have with the SMART train coming here and really create an opportunity for the community,” says Joe O’Hehir, Whistlestop CEO.

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San Rafael in Brief

San Rafael in Brief8/31/2011 – Marinscope Newspointer

Scussel named GM of Whistlestop transit

Terry Scussel joins Whistlestop, the nonprofit organization that provides vital services to Marin County’s older adults and to people with disabilities, as its new general manager of transportation services, effective Sept. 1.

Scussel brings more than 37 years of executive general management experience to the organization, including strategic planning, organization management, budget development, fiscal administration, labor relations, and transportation and fleet management, having worked for companies such as Xerox, Pitney Bowes and IKON. He has been involved in the Marin nonprofit community for the past five years, serving on several boards, including the Whistlestop board of directors.

He is also a supporter and relentless advocate for the special needs of people with disabilities. For more than 24 years, he has worked to ensure that people with disabilities are provided the opportunities to live with independence, dignity and respect.

San Rafael in Brief08/31/2011 – Marinscope Newspointer

Scussel nombrado gerente general de Whistlestop de tránsito

Terry Scussel se une aWhistlestop, la organización sin fines de lucro que proporciona servicios vitales a los adultos mayores del condado de Marin y las personas con discapacidad, como su nuevo gerente general de servicios de transporte, efecrivo, el 1 de septiembre.

Scussel lleva más de 37 años de experiencia ejecutiva de gestión general de la organización, incluida la planificación estratégica, gestión de la organización, el desarrollo del presupuesto, la administración fiscal, relaciones laborales, y el transporte y gestión de flotas, habiendo trabajado para empresas como Xerox, Pitney Bowes y IKON. Ha estado involucrado en la comunidad sin fines de lucro Marin en los últimos cinco años, sirviendo en varias juntas directivas, incluyendo la junta de directores Whistlestop.

Él es también un partidario y defensor incansable de las necesidades especiales de las personas con discapacidad. Por más de 24 años, ha trabajado para asegurar que las personas con discapacidad reciban la oportunidad de vivir con independencia, dignidad y respeto.

Whistlestop is at the right location for seniors- July 19, 2015

Whistlestop is at the right location for seniors- July 19, 2015
At the transportation hub in downtown San Rafael on Tamalpais Avenue, an ideal spot for the services they provide, Whistlestop is developing Mission Plaza.

Whistlestop’s efforts to reconstruct their building is a credit to our community.

By locating at this site, Whistlestop will expand and enhance the critical and important senior services they already provide.

It’s time for Marin to welcome and help this fine organization and the seniors of Marin.

Marin is aging and I hope that the greater Marin community will realize how important the Mission Plaza project is for our seniors and for San Rafael in general.

– Tom Verkozen, Corte Madera

Dining review: New chef draws young fans to Jackson Café

Dining review: New chef draws young fans to Jackson Café

IJ photo/Robert Tong

1/4/2012 – Marin Independent Journal

You’ve driven by it 100 times. A thousand. And you probably never noticed it. Whistlestop’s Jackson Café, adjacent to the Marin Transit Center in San Rafael, one of the many services offered by a 57-year-old organization that promotes independent living and well-being among the county’s seniors and people with disabilities.

Because you never noticed it, you never thought to eat there, right? Adjust your lunchtime routine, and put your automobile in park at 930 Tamalpais.

Here’s why; the food is good and the daily menu of classic, continental American fare — think pork with mustard sauce, spaghetti Bolognese and chicken chow mein — is a steal at roughly $4.50, $7.25 if you were born after 1952, (yes, there is a price break once you grace the age of 60) for an entrée that includes a protein, one or two vegetables and a starch. Added bonus — the people who prep and cook at Jackson Café are either enrolled in are or graduates of Homeward Bound’s Fresh Start Culinary Academy of Marin, which helps local homeless transition back to work. That’s right, it is akin to eating at the Culinary Institute of America as the students provide many of the menu ideas.

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Whistlestop Renews Marin Transit Board Contract

Whistlestop Renews Marin Transit Board ContractWhistlestop CEO Joe O’Hehir shared great news with all of us who work at this great organization. The Marin Transit Board awarded Whistlestop a new contract for the operations and maintenance of Marin Access Paratransit Services effective January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2022. “You should all be proud of the work you do every day to help Marin’s older adults and individuals with disabilities get around and stay connected to the community.” Joe said. “It’s not just our mission, it’s also our responsibility.” Special needs Transportation services have been at the very core of Whistlestop’s community-based programs and services since the organization’s inception in 1954. Congratulations to all!

MCF grants $1 million for seniors

MCF grants $1 million for seniorsTuesday, May 3, 2011 – Pacific Sun

by Jason Walsh

In an effort to target lower income older adults, the Marin Community Foundation has approved $1 million in grants to 17 Marin nonprofits that fit into the foundation’s focus on “successful aging.”

The grants are intended to bolster such offerings as employment services, food delivery and community center programs. San Rafael’s Whistlestop, for instance, received $200,000, according to MCF, for its sponsorship of computer and art classes, English language education and exercise programs. Ten projects receiving grants will put the funds toward volunteer opportunities for older adults—such as Audubon Canyon Ranch and the Novato Historical Guild.

Foundation president Thomas Peters said programs that offer multiple benefits—such as those that promote volunteerism– were specifically given consideration for grant monies. “They reduce the risk of social isolation, they improve the volunteers’ quality of life and they are of tremendous value to the agencies themselves, given the budgeting challenges they face.”

MCF grants $1 million for seniorsMartes, 3 de mayo 2011 – Pacific Sun

por Jason Walsh

En un esfuerzo por ayudar a adultos mayores de bajos ingresos, Marin Community Foundation ha aprobado $ 1 millón en donaciones a 17 organizaciones no lucrativas de Marín que encajan en el enfoque de la fundación de “envejecimiento exitoso”.

Las subvenciones están destinadas a reforzar la oferta, tales como los servicios de empleo, la entrega de alimentos y programas de centros comunitarios. Whistlestop San Rafael, por ejemplo, recibió $ 200.000, de acuerdo con CCM, por su patrocinio de las clases de computación y el arte, la enseñanza de idiomas Inglés y programas de ejercicios. Diez proyectos que reciben subvenciones pondrá los fondos hacia las oportunidades de voluntariado para los adultos mayores, como la Audubon Canyon Ranch y el Gremio de Novato Histórico.

Presidente de la Fundación Thomas Peters dijo que los programas que ofrecen múltiples beneficios, tales como las que promueven el voluntariado – se dieron cuenta en particular de los fondos de subvención. “Reducen el riesgo de aislamiento social, que mejoran la calidad de los voluntarios de la vida y son de un enorme valor a los propios organismos, dado el presupuesto desafíos que enfrentan.”

Dad Was Right and Ahead of His Time-May 20, 2015

Dad Was Right and Ahead of His Time-May 20, 2015
By Marty Orgel

Right now, I’m thinking about the years my father spent in a nursing home. And even decades after he died I have fond memories because I always knew my dad was in a good place. His time there still resonates with me, mostly for one reason. Read more…

Whistlestop planning to build new five-story housing complex

<!--:en-->Whistlestop planning to build new five-story housing complex<!--:-->A San Rafael nonprofit that serves senior citizens is planning to turn its downtown property into a five-story affordable senior housing and services center by 2017.

Whistlestop, which owns the former downtown train offices, is planning to redevelop the property, forgoing talk of relocating when the SMART commuter train rolls onto its doorstep.

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train, which will run between Sonoma and Marin counties, would eliminate much of the parking at Whistlestop — an organization providing transportation, nutritious food and activities for more than 5,000 local seniors.

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Innovation ● resourcefulness ● persistence

Innovation ● resourcefulness ● persistenceHow California’s Senior Centers are metting today’s challege.

Whistlestop has been featured in the California Commission on Aging publication. To see the full publications, click here.

Innovation ● resourcefulness ● persistence

There was a senior woman, who lived in a shoe… – July 19, 2015

There was a senior woman, who lived in a shoe... - July 19, 2015
George Russell – Special to Marin Independent Journal

After a public “listening period,” the Whistlestop senior center has formally submitted to the city of San Rafael revised plans for a five-story affordable housing complex and service center as the site of its downtown depot headquarters.

San Rafael man gets U.S. citizenship at age 84

San Rafael man gets U.S. citizenship at age 84

Roberto Borge, 84, holds his certificate of naturalization at home in San Rafael, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Borge recently became a U.S. citizen. (IJ photo/Alan Dep) Alan Dep

2/2/2012 – Marin Independent Journal

Think you’re too old to pursue your dreams? San Rafael resident Roberto Borge, who will turn 85 this month, became a U.S. citizen in January after more than two decades in Marin.

“Even as a youngster I admired the United States,” said Borge, speaking in Spanish. “I feel like I’ve achieved the American dream.”

Borge came to Marin in 1989 from his native Nicaragua and worked for 10 years as a janitor before retiring.

Borge, a former member of the Nicaraguan military, opposed the revolutionary government that came to power in the Central American nation a decade earlier. He emigrated to the United States for political reasons.

Although Borge had been a legal resident for many years, he didn’t apply for citizenship earlier because of financial constraints and fear he would fail the written test. But Borge said he decided to apply last year after a friend in his Alma Latina social group in Novato told him low-income residents could take the test without paying hefty fees.

After studying for two months, he took the test and passed. On Jan. 24, the father of six and grandfather of 11 became a citizen during a ceremony in Oakland.

“I thought that was pretty awesome for his age,” said Denise Serpa, Borge’s granddaughter and a Richmond resident. “His English isn’t even that good. He was just so disciplined and studied.

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Whistlestop in San Rafael delivers holiday greetings to homebound seniors

Whistlestop in San Rafael delivers holiday greetings to homebound seniors

Erika Vaughn, right, Whistlestop’s Meals on Wheels program supervisor, delivers food, Christmas cards and gifts to Rita Jones, 75, of San Rafael on Friday. Robert Tong — Marin Independent Journal

By Stephanie Weldy, Marin Independent Journal

POSTED: 12/18/15, 6:17 PM PST 

Seventy-five-year-old Rita Jones opened the front door of her San Rafael apartment Friday afternoon for her routine Meals on Wheels visit.

Not only did she get fruit, milk and a plate of braised turkey with seared kale during the call, but she also got a bundle of holiday greeting cards from community members she’s never met.

One card wished her peace and happiness. Another, from a local Girl Scouts participant, featured a handcrafted winter scene with a snowman made of cotton balls.

Jones, who is paralyzed on the left side of her body and uses a wheelchair to get around, said the cards let her know she’s not forgotten.

“It’s nice knowing someone cares about you like this,” she said.

This is the fourth year San Rafael-based Whistlestop has collected greeting cards from members of the public to give to home-bound seniors they serve through the meal delivery service, Meals on Wheels. The cards are a way to bring a little bit of joy to clients, Whistlestop officials said.

“They’re home by themselves, a lot of time maybe no one is coming to bring them cards,” said Erika Vaughn, Whistlestop’s Meals on Wheels program supervisor. “It’s just the happiness and the joy that someone would care enough to bring them Christmas cards.”

The senior center put out the call to the community seeking signed cards for 250 senior clients they serve through Meals on Wheels. Thirty disabled Marin residents, under the age of 60, are also served through the program through Nourish. This year, the senior center received more cards than last year, with roughly 2,800 cards coming in from local Girl Scouts troops, and students from San Rafael High School and Marin Country Day School. Each senior is to receive 10 cards. Home Instead Senior Care also donated 50 gifts, ranging from throws, scarves and more, to be given to the seniors.

As Vaughn distributed cards, along with meals, she was greeted with a tight embrace, and a kiss on the cheek by one client. After handing two bags to the senior, she was handed a gift in exchange. The cards the client received will be placed around her San Rafael home to make it a bit more festive for the holidays, she said.

Jones said she’s been receiving the cards through the program for a few years. With cards from last Christmas, she has them displayed throughout her residence.

“I put some on my coffee table and I like to sit down and look at them,” Jones said.


Stephanie Weldy covers San Rafael and Novato news for the Marin IJ. Follow Stephanie on Twitter: @StephanieWeldy1.

Sex cuts stress, slows aging

Sex cuts stress, slows aging3/27/2011 – Marin Independant Journal

Buck Institute

More than 200 older adults packed an auditorium Saturday at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging to hear what science has discovered about the connection between stress, health and aging. And what they can do about it.

One thing they would be wise to consider, suggested guest speaker Thea Singer, author of the book “Stress Less,” is having more sex.

There is good stress and bad stress, she told the full house that turned out on a rainy morning for the first community seminar at the Buck Institute this year. “And sex is a good stress,” she said.

Citing a new study of male lab rats, she got a big laugh when she reported that, “Sex was a good form of stress that actually spurred new brain growth in the lucky little guys.”

Singer, a Boston-based science and health writer, and Gordon Lithgow, a professor at the Buck Institute, talked about the difference between acute (good) stress, such as positive challenges in peoples’ lives, and chronic stress, which can cause disease.

“These days, when stress is so constant, when we’re obsessing about this or that, the stress response never gets turned off, and that’s when we get ourselves in trouble,” Singer said. “This kind of chronic stress can make us sick,” she added, ticking off “a dictionary of diseases.”

“Stress can make us old,” she said. “What we want to be able to use our abilities and our brains and our bodies to take what we might perceive as a threat and turn it into a challenge, to make it a good stress.”

Singer began her talk by showing a three-part slide of President Obama. He looked youthful in the first photo, taken during his presidential campaign, less so in a picture at the beginning of his presidency and much older and stressed out in a recent photo.

“If this is happening to him, you can only imagine what is happening to us,” she said. “It’s not a pretty picture. But the good news is that there are things we can do about it.”

She presented a list of lifestyle changes that have been shown to slow down aging. Exercise was on top.

“Exercise is a huge one,” she said, explaining that 150 to 300 minutes a week of moderate intensity aerobic exercise “can turn back the clock.”

The list also included diet and mindful eating, meditation, countering negativity and social support.

“By social support, I mean real person to person contact,” she said, recommending volunteering in the community or simply keeping in touch with friends and family.

” Studies show that whether you’re giving or receiving social support, it turns on the same pleasure center of your brain that good, fatty sweet foods do,” she said with a smile.

Lithgow explained some of the Buck Institute’s promising research with chemical and protein compounds on microscopic worms.

“They have actually extended life spans,” he reported.

He and Singer also brought up new research on aging involving the study of “telomeres,” which are the pieces of repetitive DNA at the end of a chromosomes that Singer compared to the plastic tips on the end of shoelaces

“It’s very exciting,” she said. “Expect to be talking about telomeres at your next cocktail party.”

Joel Schwartz, a 70-year-old retired salesman who lives in San Rafael, made his first visit to the Buck Institute for the talk.

“This is a very important part of life that we need to explore more,” he said after the session. “I do most of what they suggested, but it’s nice to hear from experts that I’m doing the right things.”

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Sex cuts stress, slows aging03/27/2011 – Marin Independent Journal

Instituto Buck

Mas de 200 adultos mayores llenaron un auditorio el sábado en el Buck Institute for Research on Aging, para escuchar lo que la ciencia ha descubierto acerca de la relación entre estrés, salud y envejecimiento, y que pueden hacer ellos al respecto.

Una cosa que sería prudente tener en cuenta, sugirió orador invitado Thea Singer, autor del libro “Menos estrés”, es tener más relaciones sexuales.

Hay estrés bueno y estrés malo, le dijo a la casa llena que resultó en una mañana lluviosa para el seminario de la primera comunidad en el Instituto Buck de este año. “Y el sexo es un estrés bueno”, dijo.

Citando un estudio de ratas de laboratorio machos, recibió una gran carcajada cuando se informó de que, “era el sexo de una buena forma de estrés que realmente impulsó el crecimiento del cerebro nuevo en los chicos poco de suerte.”

Singer, una ciencia con base en Boston y escritor de la salud, y Gordon Lithgow, un profesor en el Instituto Buck, habló sobre la diferencia entre aguda (bueno) el estrés, tales como los desafíos positivos en la vida de las personas, y el estrés crónico, que puede causar enfermedades .

“En estos días, cuando el estrés es tan constante, cuando estamos obsesionado con esto o aquello, nunca la respuesta al estrés se apaga, y es entonces cuando nos metemos en problemas”, dijo Singer. “Este tipo de estrés crónico pueden enfermarnos”, añadió, marcando “un diccionario de las enfermedades.”

“El estrés puede hacernos viejos”, dijo. “Lo que queremos ser capaces de usar nuestras habilidades y nuestros cerebros y nuestros cuerpos para tomar lo que podemos percibir como una amenaza y lo convierten en un reto, para que sea un buen estrés”.

Cantante comenzó su charla mostrando una diapositiva de tres partes del presidente Obama. Parecía joven en la primera foto, tomada durante su campaña presidencial, menos en una imagen en el comienzo de su presidencia y mucho más antigua y destacaron en una foto reciente.

“Si esto está sucediendo a él, sólo se puede imaginar lo que nos está pasando”, dijo. “No es un cuadro bonito. Pero la buena noticia es que hay cosas que podemos hacer al respecto”.

Presentó una lista de cambios de estilo de vida que han demostrado para frenar el envejecimiento. El ejercicio fue en la parte superior.

“El ejercicio es una enorme”, dijo, explicando que entre 150 y 300 minutos por semana de ejercicio aeróbico de intensidad moderada “se puede volver atrás el reloj”.

La lista también incluye dieta y comer consciente, la meditación, en la lucha contra la negatividad y el apoyo social.

“Por el apoyo social, me refiero a la persona real, persona de contacto”, dijo, recomendando el voluntariado en la comunidad o, simplemente, mantenerse en contacto con amigos y familiares.

“Los estudios demuestran que si usted está dando o recibiendo apoyo social, se convierte en el centro mismo placer de su cerebro que los buenos alimentos, dulces grasos hacer”, dijo ella con una sonrisa.

Lithgow explicó algunas de las prometedoras investigaciones del Instituto Buck de compuestos químicos y proteínas de gusanos microscópicos.

“Ellos se han prolongado la esperanza de vida”, informó.

Él y el cantante también mencionó la nueva investigación sobre el envejecimiento que involucra el estudio de “los telómeros”, que son las piezas de ADN repetitivo en el extremo de un cromosoma que Singer en comparación con las puntas de plástico en la punta de los zapatos

“Es muy emocionante”, dijo. “Hay que esperar a estar hablando de los telómeros en su próxima fiesta.”

Joel Schwartz, un vendedor jubilado de 70 años de edad que vive en San Rafael, hizo su primera visita al Instituto Buck para la charla.

“Esta es una parte muy importante de la vida que tenemos que explorar más”, dijo después de la sesión. “Hago la mayor parte de lo que sugiere, pero es bueno para escuchar a expertos que estoy haciendo las cosas correctas.”

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Sausalito’s New Senior Ride Program Could Serve as Pioneer for Programs in Marin-June 21, 2015

Sausalito’s New Senior Ride Program Could Serve as Pioneer for Programs in Marin-June 21, 2015
By Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal

The steep, winding hills of Sausalito are not easy for anyone to drive, and for seniors they can be downright frightening.

But a program started last month provides free, on-demand rides for senior residents in the community — a program that could be replicated throughout Marin. Read more…

Sequester of federal funds would squeeze Marin programsSequester of federal funds would squeeze Marin programs

<!--:en-->Sequester of federal funds would squeeze Marin programs<!--:--><!--:ES-->Sequester of federal funds would squeeze Marin programs<!--:-->Meals for seniors and funding for school districts, parks, low-income housing and employment assistance would be squeezed in Marin if across-the-board federal budget cuts are implemented as expected this week due to the budget impasse in Washington, D.C.

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Whistlestop driver enjoys human touch of helping the elderly

Whistlestop driver enjoys human touch of helping the elderly
Mark helps riders

10/9/2010 – Marin Independent Journal by Will Jason

A great article about Whistlestop driver Mark Cotter. Congratulations to Mark and all of our drivers who work so hard to make a positive difference in our clients’ lives.

Mark Cotter spent 25 years in human resources, working for companies in shipping, health care, high-tech and other industries. Faced with unemployment about three years ago, he made a big career leap.

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Whistlestop driver enjoys human touch of helping the elderly

Mark helps riders

10/09/2010 – Marin Independent Journal por Will Jason

Un gran artículo sobre Whistlestop piloto Mark Cotter. Felicitaciones a Marcos y todos nuestros conductores que trabajan tan duro para hacer una diferencia positiva en las vidas de nuestros clientes.

Marcar Cotter pasó 25 años en recursos humanos, que trabajan para empresas de transporte, cuidado de la salud, alta tecnología y otras industrias. Ante el desempleo hace unos tres años, dio un salto gran carrera.

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

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

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 Whistlestop’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