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New plans and developments are always in the works at Sequoia Living. Catch up here to see what we’ve been up to recently and how we plan to keep serving the needs of Bay Area seniors in the weeks, months and years to come.

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What Makes Sequoia Living Stand Apart? Its Winning People.

“At Sequoia Living, we prioritize people. Together, we celebrate superpowers and strive to have the right people in the right ...

May 4, 2022
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What Makes Sequoia Living Stand Apart? Its Winning People.

“At Sequoia Living, we prioritize people. Together, we celebrate superpowers and strive to have the right people in the right ...

May 4, 2022

Annual Reports

2021 Viamonte Continuing Care Contract Annual Report

May 4, 2022

Annual Reports

2021 Sequoia Living Continuing Care Contract Annual Report

May 4, 2022

In The News

McKnight’s Senior Living Highlights Viamonte’s Cutting-Edge Technology

McKnight’s Senior Living recently published a story about how Viamonte at Walnut Creek is using technology to help residents and ...

February 22, 2022

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SSNC Introduces Brain Health Webinar Series: Oct 21, Nov 4 & 18

Come learn about healthy aging from these healthcare experts. If you cannot make the LIVE webinars, please register and we ...

October 15, 2021

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The Sequoias Portola Valley’s Scholarship Committee Partners with 10,000 Degrees to Make College Dreams Come True

Achieving the dream of a college education just got a little easier for eight first-generation college students, thanks to The ...

August 20, 2021

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The Sequoias Portola Valley is Now a Certified Green Business!

The Sequoias Portola Valley is now officially certified as a San Mateo County Green Business! “To all the residents and ...

August 5, 2021

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Viamonte Wins Award of Merit from ENR-California

Another award win for Viamonte at Walnut Creek! Viamonte has received an Award of Merit for Residential/Hospitality – Northern California ...

July 28, 2021

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Sequoias San Francisco Staff Celebrate CNA Week with Special Video

Happy CNA Week! During CNA Week, we recognize the important work of Certified Nursing Assistants, who provide hands-on care and ...

June 25, 2021

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Viamonte Wins Prestigious Gold Nugget Grand Award for Best Age-Qualified Senior Living Community

For the second time, Sequoia Living has been honored by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) with a Gold Nugget ...

June 17, 2021

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Celebrating Juneteenth

This Saturday, June 19 is Juneteenth, a 156-year-old holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and honors the resilience and achievements ...

June 17, 2021

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Updated COVID-19 Protocols at Sequoia Living

Today marks a milestone along California’s path to full reopening. Sequoia Living has come out the other side of this ...

June 15, 2021

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Happy Pride Month!

Happy Pride Month 2021! Each June, Pride events are held to around the world to celebrate the lives and contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals. Although San Francisco’s legendary Pride ...

June 12, 2021

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San Francisco Senior Center’s Collage Collective Inspires Creativity and Connection

By Frank Mitchell, MSW Program Supervisor, San Francisco Senior Center The last 14 months of quarantine have challenged us all, ...

June 10, 2021

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Residents and Staff at The Tamalpais Celebrate Sequoia Spirit Day with Aloha Style!

In May, staff and residents at The Tamalpais sported their favorite Hawaiian attire in honor of Sequoia Spirit Day, which ...

June 1, 2021

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Being a Nurse: Now That’s a Super Power!

Thank you, Sequoia Living nurses, for bringing your hearts and heads to everything you do to make Sequoia Strong! Being ...

May 7, 2021

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San Francisco Senior Center’s Plant Chat Group Springs Forward

Earlier this spring, a team of plant-loving San Francisco Senior Center (SFSC) members celebrated their first in-person outing in a ...

May 7, 2021

Annual Reports

2020 Sequoia Living Continuing Care Contract Annual Report

May 3, 2021

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Remembering Who We Are and What We Believe In

Dear Sequoia Living Residents, Staff, Customers, and Friends, It is heartbreaking to see the anti-Asian bigotry, violence, and discrimination that ...

March 24, 2021

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The Sequoias Portola Valley Featured in Compass Group’s 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Report for Green Certification

The Sequoias Portola Valley’s (SPV) Dining Services team is proud to be a Certified Green Business recognized by San Mateo ...

February 8, 2021

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McVey Musings: News Stories, Vaccine Updates, Black History Month, Sequoia Seeds, and 2021 Core Priorities

Without a doubt, 2020 was a year of safeguarding, bringing our best selves to work, and showing kindness and optimism ...

February 1, 2021

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Wall Street Journal Article Highlights Sequoias Portola Valley Residents and Staff

A new Wall Street Journal article, “Covid-19 Vaccines Mean an End to Isolation in a Retirement Home,” features The Sequoias ...

January 29, 2021

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Bay Area Seniors Go Digital, Help Relieve Stress Of Teachers During The Pandemic

Bay area, Calif., Jan. 22, 2021 /EngageHeadlines.com/ — When the pandemic hit, Gina Rodriguez and her Community Services team at ...

January 23, 2021

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Viamonte Residents Among the First Seniors in Northern California to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s another history-making day at Sequoia Living. Today, Viamonte residents and staff were some of the first to get the ...

December 30, 2020

In The News

Sequoia Living in the News: December 2020

December was a month of “firsts” and excitement at Sequoia Living as we welcomed the first residents to Viamonte at ...

December 23, 2020

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The Tamalpais Takes the First Step and Makes Vaccine History!

Despite yesterday’s chilly temperatures, staff at The Tamalpais braved the elements to get the first dose of the new Pfizer ...

December 19, 2020

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History in the Making: COVID-19 Vaccine Update, Vaccine Q&A, and More

History is about to be made and we all have a front row seat at Sequoia Living! I am sure ...

December 16, 2020

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Walnut Creek Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Viamonte at Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek, Calif., Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Contra Costa County’s fastest selling Life-Plan Community, Viamonte at Walnut Creek by ...

December 9, 2020

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McVey Monthly Musings: November 2020

We Are All Hoping for Something A blog I read recently completely captured my attention by explaining that hope is ...

November 24, 2020

Press Releases

Sequoia Living Names Charlie Shoemake as New Chief Financial Officer

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) October 15, 2020 — Sequoia Living, a non-profit organization that provides housing and services to promote healthy ...

November 20, 2020

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McVey Monthly Musings: October 2020

Welcome to a new month and new Musings about highlights around Sequoia Living, for Sequoia Living staff and residents. Notable ...

November 1, 2020

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McVey Monthly Musings: September 2020

This is the first post of McVey Monthly Musings, regular updates from Sara McVey on what’s happening at Sequoia Living. ...

September 24, 2020

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Coronavirus Update: High-Tech Safety Tools, Virtual Tours, Media Mentions, and Superpowers

My morning ritual is to read blogs and articles to stay current, inspired, and energized. Sometimes, it is just a ...

August 10, 2020

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BOSS Magazine Story Spotlights Sequoia Living’s Innovative Approach

Sequoia Living, Sara McVey (President and CEO), and Dave Latina (Chief Business Development Officer), are featured in the latest issue ...

August 3, 2020

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Sara McVey Featured in Morrison Living’s “No Better Place to Be”

Sara McVey, President and CEO of Sequoia Living, shared her perspectives on learning, growing, and sprinting toward the “new next” ...

August 3, 2020

COVID-19

Coronavirus Memo: The Sequoias San Francisco and The Sequoias Portola Valley

COVID-19 continues to be with us, and every day brings us gratitude and grief. We are all living, learning, and ...

July 31, 2020

COVID-19

Coronavirus Memo: The Tamalpais

Dear Sequoia Living Residents, Customers, and Staff, I am writing to share a memo below from Wes Bard, Executive Director ...

July 21, 2020

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Coronavirus Update: Cases and Testing, SIP with Sara Zoom Call, and Staff Survey

Case and Testing Update I am happy to report that there are still zero resident cases of COVID-19 in our ...

July 10, 2020

Press Releases

Sequoia Living Proves That Not All Senior Communities Are Created Equally

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) July 3, 2020 (via iCrowd Newswire) – While senior communities, specifically skilled nursing facilities (SNF’s), across the country ...

July 3, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 26, 2020

Case and Testing Highlights Yesterday we received a positive COVID-19 test result for a staff person at The Sequoias Portola ...

June 26, 2020

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Celebrating Pride: A Message from Sara McVey

When I lived in Seattle, the local Pride Parade was one of the highlights of summer. It was so powerful ...

June 26, 2020

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Speaking Up for Social Justice and Inclusion: A Message from Sara McVey

Dear Sequoia Living Staff, Residents, and Customers, It has taken me a few weeks to find my voice – I ...

June 25, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

COVID-19

Memo: Community-Wide Testing at The Sequoias Portola Valley June 1 and 2

May 27, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: May 20, 2020

May 21, 2020

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New Video Celebrates Sequoia Superheroes!

We’ve just finished a new video celebrating the superheroes who live and work at our Sequoia Living communities. Hats off ...

May 14, 2020

COVID-19

Coronavirus Memo: The Sequoias San Francisco, May 4, 2020

This weekend, one COVID-19 staff case was confirmed at The Sequoias San Francisco (SSF). The employee is self-quarantining at home and is in contact with their health care provider.

May 4, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 30, 2020

So far, we have had zero resident and three staff cases. You all deserve our thanks for continuing to follow the standards put in place–it is working well at all locations. The Sequoias Portola Valley (SPV) staff member who tested positive last week is on the mend. The other SPV staff member who was diagnosed mid-April is doing well at home. These were unrelated cases in separate departments.

April 30, 2020

Press Releases

Sequoia Living, Senior Services for Northern California, and Morrison Living Team Up to Deliver Free Groceries to Low-Income Seniors

Innovative partnership delivers groceries to 550 homebound low-income seniors in Sequoia Living’s affordable housing communities. (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) April 10, ...

April 10, 2020

Annual Reports

2019 Sequoia Living Continuing Care Contract Annual Report

May 5, 2019

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Sequoia Living Superheroes “Sock It” to COVID-19

Every day, Sequoia Living’s dedicated staff members bring their best selves to work, even in the face of uncertainty. These superheroes roll up their sleeves to make sure that the safety of residents, customers, and co-workers remains at the forefront.

April 29, 2020

COVID-19

Coronavirus Memo: Sequoias Portola Valley, April 24, 2020

We want to make you aware that an employee of Sequoias Portola Valley (SPV) has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked on Saturday, April 18, 2020 and is currently at home, doing well and in contact with their health care provider.

April 24, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 22, 2020

I am happy to report that there are no active Resident or Staff cases at Sequoia Living. The Media continues to report inaccurate or inflated information. Please get your ‘news’ about Sequoia Living directly from us. We will continue to be timely and transparent. We appreciate your willingness to wear masks, social distance, and show support from afar.

April 22, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 15, 2020

Dear Sequoia Living Residents, Customers, and Staff: Even if you can’t stop and smell the flowers right now, I hope ...

April 15, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 8, 2020

I have good news! The two Sequoia Living staff members who have been impacted by COVID-19 are both doing well. Our Western Park Apartments employee is looking forward to returning to work this week. Our Sequoias Portola Valley (SPV) staff member is feeling better and is continuing to isolate at home. Thankfully, that employee had last worked at SPV on Friday, March 27, which we feel curtailed any additional cases.

April 8, 2020

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A Special Message from Sara McVey: Thank You, Sequoia Living Superheroes!

Every day, Sequoia Living employees go the extra mile to keep our residents, customers, and staff safe and cared for. Sara McVey, Sequoia Living's President and CEO, created this short video to say thank you to our Sequoia Superheroes!

April 6, 2020

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Sequoia Superheroes: Appreciations, Special Deliveries, and Going the Extra Mile

Even during these uncertain times, there is no shortage of generosity and kindness here at Sequoia Living. Each day, our residents, customers and staff are lifting each other up with smiles, gratitude, and good cheer.

April 20, 2020

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Sequoia Living Needs Your Help: Our Appeal for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Sequoia Living, formerly NCPHS, operates life care residential communities. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the experience of aging for older adults in Northern California. For over 60 years, we have been a part of your communities; San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin. Sequoia Living consists of 1,000 residents and 700 staff. Our staff and residents are your neighbors who have frequented your business, know your staff and in some cases, have taken care of your loved ones in our skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care departments.

April 1, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 1, 2020

Because I work with amazing people, I often get asked, “How are you doing Sara?” Well, today is Wednesday, April 1st, and it’s hard to believe our new normal involves things like social distancing, sheltering in place, and looking sideways at the person next to us who coughed.

April 1, 2020

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Coronavirus Memo: Western Park Apartments

We were just notified that despite our extensive precautionary measures, an employee at one of our Affordable Housing communities, Western Park Apartments (WPA), has tested positive for COVID-19. The last time the employee was at work was the morning of Tuesday, March 24. The employee is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s protocol and is currently self-quarantined at home under the care of a physician and is exhibiting only mild symptoms.

March 30, 2020

COVID-19

Sequoia Living COVID-19 Action Plan for Community Services & Affordable Housing

We are taking extra measures, beyond what is currently mandated, for the peace of mind, health, and well-being of Residents, Customers, and Staff of Sequoia Living. Ask us anything at Covid-19Questions@sequoialiving.org.

March 27, 2020

COVID-19

HR COVID-19 Protocols & Employee Resources

Coronavirus/COVID-19 is pushing all of us at Sequoia Living to be creative, flexible and resilient—and together, we are rising to the challenge. Even during this difficult time, Sequoia Living staff are providing an outstanding level of service and kindness to residents, customers, amily members, and each other. Thank you for all that you do.

March 19, 2020

COVID-19

Sequoia Living COVID 19 Action Plan

As of today, the following Action Plan captures the most up to date information enabling us to be proactive in adopting practices designed to keep Residents, Customers, and Staff safe. We will continue to work closely with our Medical Directors and other Regulatory Agencies to update and refine this Action Plan.

March 24, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update, March 24, 2020

COVID-19 has changed our daily lives in unprecedented ways, from where we travel to how we interact with our friends and loved ones. This pandemic requires us to be resilient, dedicated, cautious, and compassionate. It challenges us to work together and to support one another.

March 24, 2020

Annual Reports

2018 Annual Report

Experience is the reward of aging. And for us at Sequoia Living, it’s what we celebrate every day. We connect with the life experiences our residents and clients bring to us, leveraging our own six decades of service to older adults, to create new experiences that are joyful and life-affirming.

January 22, 2018

Annual Reports

2017 Sequoia Living Continuing Care Contract Annual Report

January 22, 2017

Annual Reports

2018 Sequoia Living Continuing Care Contract Annual Report

January 22, 2018

Newsletter

Sequoia Living Connections Newsletter: Winter 2014

In the 1950s, NCPHS was founded by people who wanted to bring a new concept in senior living into existence. The concept was life care and the result was The Sequoias–Portola Valley. Now, almost sixty years later, that seed of an idea has bloomed into the wide array of residential communities and services offered by NCPHS. As the sixth CEO of NCPHS, it is a pleasure and privilege to carry on this tradition.

January 22, 2014

Newsletter

Sequoia Living Connections Newsletter: Fall-Winter 2017

n Tuesday, October 17, residents, board members, community members, vendors, and staff gathered at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park for the 15th Annual NCPHS Gala, hosted by The Sequoias Portola Valley. In the spirit of the event’s theme, “All That Jazz,” the reception opened with music by pianist Nancy Deussen and delicious wine, cocktails, and appetizers. Many attendees took advantage of the warm fall weather and the gorgeous views of the golf course from the deck.

January 22, 2017

Newsletter

Sequoia Living Connections Newsletter: Fall-Winter 2018

In the heart of the Tenderloin, a caring, creative community is blossoming. Every other Wednesday, older adults gather at the San Francisco Senior Center's Downtown Center for “Blooms in Your Room,” a flower arranging workshop led by community outreach coordinator Ilene “Sweetie” Shapiro. Over smiles and conversation, seniors create vibrant bouquets of sunflowers, tulips, gladiolas, carnations, roses, and other flowers donated by Trader Joe’s. By the end of each session, each participant has a beautiful handmade arrangement to take home in a vase provided by the Center. Every two weeks, participants are invited to bring their vases back to the Center to refill them with fresh blooms.

January 22, 2018

Newsletter

Sequoia Living Connections Newsletter: Fall 2015

January 22, 2015

Newsletter

Sequoia Living Connections Newsletter: Fall 2016

January 22, 2016

Newsletter

Sequoia Living Connections Newsletter: Fall-Winter 2019

January 22, 2019

Newsletter

Sequoia Living Connections Newsletter: Spring-Summer 2019

Tamalpais residents and staff celebrated the community’s 50th anniversary with a week-long extravaganza in early June. Activities included a champagne toast, a concert by their Women’s Chorus, a Tamalpais history presentation, and a Tamalpais Spirit Day.

January 22, 2019

Newsletter

Sequoia Living Connections Newsletter: Spring-Summer 2018

January 22, 2018

Newsletter

Sequoia Living Connections Newsletter: Spring-Summer 2017

After 19 months, the extensive renovations project at Town Park Towers (TPT), NCPHS’ affordable housing community in San Jose, is nearing the finish line—and the results are outstanding!

January 22, 2017

Annual Reports

2013 Annual Report

This annual report from Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services contains a wealth of information: a review of noteworthy events of calendar year 2013, a summary of financial performance, photos of our Board members, and snapshots of the facilities that house our residents. But what sets 2013 apart is the completion of the first year of a five-year strategic plan.

January 22, 2013

Annual Reports

2014 Annual Report

Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services will, within its human resources and financial capabilities, provide organizational structure and leadership to meet the needs and improve the quality of life of older persons from all economic levels and varied cultural backgrounds through diversified operations which offer housing and programs of physical, social, health, and spiritual care.

January 22, 2014

Annual Reports

2015 Annual Report

2015 was a year of progress and innovation throughout NCPHS. From meeting key milestones in our affordable housing renovations to implementing new technologies that streamline systems in our CCRCs, our accomplishments this year enable us to offer even more options for seniors we serve.

January 22, 2015

Annual Reports

2016 Annual Report

To celebrate the theme of this year’s annual report, “The Art of Aging Well,” this report features artwork created by residents of our affordable housing communities and San Francisco Senior Center members.

January 22, 2016

Annual Reports

2017 Annual Report

January 22, 2017

Newsletter

Sequoia Living Connections Newsletter: Special 2016 Gala Edition

Residents, staff, board members, vendors and friends gathered on October 18 at the St. Francis Yacht Club for the 14th annual NCPHS Gala, an evening of dining, dancing, and entertainment to raise funds for Bay Area seniors in need.

January 22, 2016