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Marie Jobling – A Hero To Seniors

| California Heroes | October 7, 2013

mariejoblingMarie Has Devoted Her Life
To Helping Seniors

Marie Jobling is Director of the Community Living Campaign. As principle with GLUE Consulting, she has provided analysis, consulting and technical support services to a range of community-based senior, disability, care and housing provider organizations.


She recently completed the study and report, Transitional Care Blueprint for Change: Recommendations to Improve Transitional Care Services from Hospitals in San Francisco and along with colleague Judy Auda, was organizing and production staff to the recent SF Alzheimer’s Dementia Summit at City Hall for Family Caregiver Alliance 

Marie serves as co-chair of San Francisco’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council, and has many years of experience in long-term care public policy and planning. Most recently, she was Executive Director of Planning for Elders in the Central City (PECC) where she planned, implemented and evaluated programs to serve seniors and adults with disabilities, including the Healthcare Action Team, a community-based planning and action project still working to expand homecare and provide improved hospital discharge services.

downloadEarlier, Marie served as Director of Parish and Community Services for Catholic Charities of San Francisco, and was a founding board member for the California Public Interest Center on Long Term Care.

She also served as Community Organizer for the http://www.sfsan.org/ sanlogo

She also served as Human Services Planner for the City of Stockton, and Staff Analyst for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Marie received a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the University of California, Davis.

Resolution commending Marie Jobling for her 12 years of services and leadership in 
4 Planning for Elders in Central City (PECC) and advocacy for seniors, the disabled, and 
5 other marginalized groups. FILE NO. 041069 RESOLUTION NO. 471-04

logoMarie Jobling: Helping Redefine
“The Good Life” for San Francisco Elders
The Age4Action Network is a national movement to mobilize people 50+ to be dynamic advocates, valued workers, committed volunteers and lifelong learners in today’s society. Age4Action links organizations focused on workforce, civic engagement, lifelong learning and advocacy to share common resources, knowledge and tools so they can best leverage the talent of people 50+.

Despite its image as an idyllic urban oasis, “San Francisco is a regular city,” says Marie Jobling, 60, director of the Community Living Campaign (CLC). Formed in 2006, the Campaign’s mission is to use “…the power of relationships to reduce isolation and to eliminate barriers to aging in community. We do this by strengthening networks of support for individuals and across neighborhoods—networks that promote acts of kindness and a spirit of justice.”

“Volunteering can be a one-way street, and often doesn’t let the person you are helping give something back.” A core CLC principle is to respect the desire for reciprocity. “One woman hasn’t been able to get out of bed for two years, and it bothers her to think she can’t contribute any more. So we get her on the phone for conference calls. Her network got her an iPad so she can still to help as we plot and plan the future of our little world.” 

“We really work as friends, not volunteers,” says Jobling. 

What is the future of people aging in place in their own homes and communities? Jobling says that 80 percent of all support for elders comes from outside the formal service system—families, friends, neighbors, faith communities. Twenty percent comes from formal services provided by government or nonprofits, and it is dwindling. “Our focus is on bolstering the informal helping networks without letting government off the hook,” she says.  “We just can’t say to people who’ve made contributions all their life ‘sorry, we can’t help you any more.’” Saving programs like adult day health services, which are being dismantled in California, is critical to helping families care for elders in their own homes.

Social justice and helping create more caring communities has been the focus of Jobling’s entire career. Growing up in rural California, she witnessed her mother’s compassion for people with no place to go. “She might bring someone home for dinner and help them find the help they needed,” says Jobling.

Mentors have been important throughout Marie’s career. One in particular was Norma Satten, CLC’s founding president, who recently passed away. According to Jobling, Satten was a woman of extraordinary wisdom and talent. The CLC is creating a Community Service Innovation Award in Satten’s honor, with widespread support throughout the San Francisco elder/independent living communities, as well as the growing number of San Franciscans joining the community living movement.

Norma Satten was the founding President of the Community Living Campaign and an inspiration and mentor to so many. The Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award was greated to honor her work and to recognize others who are leaders in a movement for that allows all of us to age with dignity and human rights

Marie Jobling, Becoming an Empowered Elder
Marie Jobling, Linda Silver and Marcia Peterzell from the Community Living Campaign present “Becoming an Empowered Elder – Building Connections for Healthy Aging Workshop at CARA’s 10th Annual Convention.

The In’s & Out’s of Social Networking – Marie Jobling.

Community Living Campaign Video
Community Living Campaign: Tricia’s Story
The Community Living Campaign is working to make San Francisco a good place for seniors and persons with disabilities. Who would have thought that an old-fashioned community tradition, the sidewalk bake sale, could be a force for social change? But that is just what happened.

Community Living Campaign: Jose’s Story
The Community Living Campaign is working to make San Francisco a good place for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Community Living Campaign – Seniors Learning Social Media

The future? “I love what I do and, yes, I will do what I do as long as I possibly can.” It’s not just a mission, though. These days, she hopes to learn from her own work. “My goal is to start talking more about interdependence, not just independence. We all need to learn how to ask for help, to build around us the networks where we can keep on contributing and let others contribute to us.”

Thank You Marie!

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