Self-Help for the Elderly -- Helping Seniors Help Themselves Since 1966

Activity Center Self-Help for the Elderly is a private non-profit agency serving serniors in the San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties. We provide enjoyable activities, social services and a pleasant place for you to enjoy a hot lunch with your friends and new acquaintances. We serve healthy meals designed by our dietitian and professional caterers. Come spice up your life with interesting people, fantastic food and fun activities that will broaden your scope of life.

We welcome those who are 60 years or older and their spouses to attend our activities and enjoy hot meals at our senior centers located in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties.

| Locations | Activities | Hot meals | Social services | Wellness program | 2014 Special events | Title VI |


  • San Francisco
    • Geen Mun Activity Center
      777 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108map
      (415) 677-7535
    • Lady Shaw Activity Center
      1483 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94133map
      (415) 677-7581
    • Jackie Chan Activity Center
      5757 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94121map
      (415) 677-7571
    • Manilatown Activity Center
      848 Kearny Street, #306, San Francisco, CA 94108map
      (415) 398-3250
    • Mendelsohn House Activity Center
      737 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107map
      (415) 243-9018
    • South Sunset Activity Center
      2601 40th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116map
      (415) 566-2845
    • John King Activity Center
      500 Raymond Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134map
      (415) 987-9915
    • Woolf House Activity Center
      801 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103map
      (415) 495-0931
  • San Mateo
    • San Mateo Activity Center
      50 East Fifth Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401map
      (650) 342-0822
  • Santa Clara
    • Cupertino Activity Center
      940 South Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA 95014map
      (408) 873-1183
  • Alameda
    • Lincoln Court Activity Center
      2400 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94602map
      (510) 336-0144


  • Arts and crafts
  • Bingo game
  • Birthday party
  • Calligraphy class
  • Chinese opera
  • Cooking class
  • Discussion group
  • ESL class
  • Exercise class (Luk Tung Kuen, Tai Chi, etc.)
  • Field trips
  • Game
  • Movie
  • Painting
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Singing group
  • Social dancing

Hot Meals for seniors

Meat, vegetables, fruit, milk and rice. Sometimes comes with soup and dessert.
  • San Francisco: $2.00 per meal (suggested donation, effective Jul 1, 2009)
  • Daly City and San Mateo: $2.25 per meal (suggested donation, effective Jul 1, 2009)
  • San Mateo Meals on Wheels: $2.50 per meal (suggested donation, effective Jul 1, 2009)
  • Santa Clara: $2.00 per meal (suggested donation)
  • Guest: $6.00 per meal

Social services Our social services provide assistance with completing forms, translation of documents and general information and referrals, which may include senior housing, Medicare, Medi-Cal, other health insurance information and Supplemental Security Income. Elder Abuse Prevention and Intervention provides care management services to victims of elder abuse, as well as community education presentations. Staff can provide assistance in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

Wellness Program We offer periodic health screenings and health education seminars to monitor and enhance the health of low-income, disadvantaged seniors.

2014 Special events

Date and TimeEventLocation
January 14 (Tuesday)New Year BazaarSouth Sunset Activity Center
February 6 (Thursday)Chinese New Year PartyGeen Mun Activity Center
To be announcedSan Mateo Senior Center Open House FundraiserSan Mateo Activity Center
February 3 (Monday)Chinese New Year Special MealAll Activity Centers
March 19 (Wednesday)Kaiser Health Workshop: Stroke Prevention and TreatmentSouth Sunset Activity Center
January 24 (Friday)Chinese New Year Food BazaarLady Shaw Activity Center
February 10 (Monday)Manilatown 8th Anniversary CelebrationManilatown Activity Center
February 11 (Tuesday)Valentine's Day Dance PartyChinese American Citizens Alliance Lodge
(To be confirmed)
1044 Stockton Street, San Francisco
February 21 (Friday)South Sunset 22nd Anniversary CelebrationSouth Sunset Activity Center
To be announcedChinese New Year & Open House FundraiserSan Mateo Activity Center
March 15 (Saturday)Luk Tung Kuen Spring BanquetImperial Palace Restaurant
(To be confirmed)
April 16 (Wednesday)
10:30am - 1:00pm
Spring BanquetNew Asia Restaurant
(To be confirmed)
772 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco
April 10 (Thursday)Geen Mun/OLW 32nd Anniversary CelebrationGeen Mun Activity Center
To be announcedTalent ShowSan Mateo Activity Center
May 9 (Friday)Mother's Day CelebrationOld Saint Mary’s Cathedral
660 California Street, San Francisco
To be announcedMother's Day Special MealSan Mateo Activity Center
May 16 (Friday)Volunteers' Appreciation PartyAll Activity Centers
May 21 (Wednesday)Kaiser Health Workshop: Preventing and Managing High Blood PressureWoolf House Activity Center
To be announcedFather's Day Celebration and Talent ShowSan Mateo Activity Center
June 2 (Monday)Dragon Boat Festival Special MealAll Activity Centers
June 4 (Wednesday)Kaiser Health Workshop: Understanding HearingManilatown Activity Center
June 20 (Friday)John King 3rd Anniversary CelebrationJohn King Activity Center
July 4 (Friday)Independence Day CelebrationAll Activity Centers
July 18 (Friday)Jackie Chan 10th Anniversary CelebrationJackie Chan Activity Center
August 1 (Friday)Summer BazaarGeen Mun Activity Center
August 1 (Friday)Charity Talent ShowOld Saint Mary's Cathedral
660 California Street, San Francisco
To be announcedSan Mateo Center CLOSED for annual renovationSan Mateo Activity Center
August 26 (Tuesday)Hawaiian Dance PartyGeen Mun Activity Center
September 24 (Wednesday)Kaiser Health Workshop: Understanding DiabetesGeen Mun Activity Center
September 5 (Friday)Woolf House 16th Anniversary CelebrationWoolf House Activity Center
September 12 (Friday)Kaiser Health Workshop: Understanding Alzheimer's Disease and DementiaMendelsohn House Activity Center
September 8 (Monday)Moon Festival Special MealAll Activity Centers
January 29 (Wednesday)Chinese New Year Spring Scroll SaleGeen Mun Activity Center
October 8 (Wednesday)Kaiser Health Workshop: Exercise and Fall PreventionLady Shaw Activity Center
To be announcedRummage SaleSan Mateo Activity Center
October 28 (Tuesday)Halloween Dance PartyLady Shaw Activity Center
To be announcedHalloween Dance PartySan Mateo Activity Center
November 7 (Friday)Lady Shaw 24th Anniversary CelebrationLady Shaw Activity Center
December 2 (Tuesday)Gold & Silver Christmas Ball(To be confirmed)
December 12 (Friday)Senior Christmas PartyOld Saint Mary’s Cathedral
660 California Street, San Francisco
To be announcedVolunteer Appreciation PartySan Mateo Activity Center
December 16 (Tuesday)Volunteer Appreciation & Christmas PartyLady Shaw Activity Center
December 17 (Wednesday)Mendelsohn House 16th Anniversary CelebrationMendelsohn House Activity Center
January 30 (Thursday)Chinese New Year' Eve Special MealAll Activity Centers
February 13 (Thursday)Spring BazaarGeen Mun Activity Center

Title VI Complaint Procedures As a recipient of federal fund, Self-Help for the Elderly is required to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and ensure that program and services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis. Self-Help for the Elderly has in place a Title VI complaint procedure, which outlines a process for local disposition of Title VI complaints and is consistent with guidelines in the Federal Transit Administration Circular 4702.1B dated October 1, 2012.
Title VI Complaint Procedures and Complaint