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SCMRF Celebrates 50 Years of Affordable Housing for Seniors

Glenda and MayorIn October, 2015, Santa Clara Methodist Retirement Foundation (SCMRF) celebrated its 50th anniversary by honoring the City of Santa Clara, its Fire and Police Departments and Electricians Union Local 332 for their invaluable contributions in support of the Foundation’s mission.

SCMRF was founded in 1965 to provide affordable housing and services to low income seniors. Since this time the Foundation has provided safe, decent, affordable housing to over 1,250 seniors and disabled persons in the community. In addition, SCMRF was instrumental in forming Heart of the Valley, and has provided our agency invaluable financial and board support ever since.

For more information about SCMRF, visit www.scmrf.org.

New Programs Launched in 2015

Heart of the Valley has launched several new programs in 2015, all designed to provide seniors with more areas of service. Currently we are promoting our new  "Vets Driving Vets" Program. If you are a Vet who would appreciate a ride or a Vet who can give a ride from time to time, please call Kirby at (408) 241-1571 to find out more.

In honor of one of our esteemed Founding Members, Aldyth Parle, who died while driving home from an evening meeting on May 1, 2014, we also launched an important new service called "Night Riders." Read more about our new Night Riders service.


Heart of the Valley is also collaborating with the Humane Society of Silicon Valley to meet the needs of our clients with pets. Read more about Humane Hearts 4 Pets & Seniors.

Our Board Members are working toward making us a stronger more efficient agency. Please keep checking our website at to see what's happening or visit us on Facebook. If you or your family members would like to be added to our ENewsletter or Newsletter mailing list, please give us a call at (408) 241-1571 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Download the HOV 2014 Annual Report

We invite you to read the Heart of the Valley 2014 Annual Report, which includes messages from our executive director, volunteer coordinator and board president. This year we also included a few heartwarming volunteer stories that epitomize why we do what we do at Heart of the Valley. Download now.


Celebrating 25 Years of Heart!

Our treasured executive director, Glenda Cresap, celebrated 25 years at Heart of the Valley in January. When Glenda took the helm on January 22, 1990, HOV served five clients with two volunteers. Thanks to Glenda's leadership, dedication and heart, HOV now helps more than 500 Santa Clara Valley seniors live independent and happier lives with services provided by over 200 volunteers.

Read more about Glenda and her 25-year's at HOV in an article published in the Santa Clara Valley Weekly.

To find out more about what's happening at Heart of the Valley, we want to invite you to follow us on Facebook. We have photos, information, anecdotes and updates that you might find helpful. Also, we would love to hear from you with regard to client needs and comments, volunteer experiences and interest, or any helpful ideas or information you might have to share. We are relatively new to social media and we need your support. Hope to see you on Facebook!

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Things You Should Never Say to Your Aging Parents - Tips for voicing your concerns effectively from AARP

No one likes to think about it, much less talk about it. But at some point, your loved one may not be able to do the things he or she once did, such as driving, taking care of money or even managing a household. That can be a difficult reality for an older person to accept, so it's important that you discuss these matters with great sensitivity. A careless remark — no matter how well-intentioned — can be extremely hurtful.

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Ten Two-Minute Exercises That Build Your Bones

If you incorporate all 10 of them into your day, you’ll get 20 minutes of exercise in. Not bad! And you can do most of these moves while doing other tasks, like cooking or waiting in line.

Now let’s get started!

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The Poetic Journey of Don and Sol

Even from the very beginning, this client-volunteer match-up was unusual. I received a call with a name and a phone number from Glenda who thought my 47 year background as an English teacher made me the right person for the client and the task. She told me he was 93 years old and had been an artist and an art professor at a number of universities, especially in Pennsylvania.

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Award Winning Robotics Team Joins Teachers and Parents to Make Home Improvements

The Robotics Club members, including their parents and counselors, arrived at Tom and Jean Carley's house between 9:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. yesterday, January 19, 2013. There were more than 25 volunteers that came with the goal of painting the interior of the Carley's house and to build a wheelchair ramp leading to the back yard. What I experienced, while supporting Jean and Tom, could be likened to the spirit and accomplishments of what must have occurred during an old time barn raising. The participants didn't start leaving for home until 6:00 P.M. Annette and her husband, Jim, plus Kelle stayed until after 7:00 P.M. doing final cleanup touches.

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