Bayanihan Equity Center
In 1998, service providers, individual members of the community and a number of Filipino World War II Veterans started the Veterans Equity Center Task Force. The task force was comprised of individuals with years of experience in providing services to minority seniors and Filipino World War II Veterans.
There was a high need for housing, case management, counseling, legal assistance, health services – just to mention a few. Rooted on community strength approach in service delivery, the task force developed the “one-stop-shop” system of care service delivery that stabilizes and bridges the gap between the existing services in the community and veteran population in need of services. The Veterans Equity Center first opened its doors to the public on December 1, 1999.
The organization observed a growing number of low-income, immigrant older adults accessing its services.To address the growing needs of the community and demand for services, coupled with the high mortality rate among its original consumers, the Veterans Equity Center expanded its mission and formally changed its name to the Bayanihan Equity Center (BEC) in 2018.
The BEC expanded its services to include, housing assistance, food pantry, exercise class for older adults, community choir and arts and crafts. BEC serves as an activity center for the older adults and adults with disability in San Francisco, especially for the South of Market residents.
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