A 20-year vision became reality when Bayview Senior Services invited the people of Bayview Hunters Point to the grand opening of the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center and Residence on Saturday, June 25. The celebration marked the victory of a dream over despair.
The community recalls Dr. Davis’ decades of struggle and sacrifice, that despite many setbacks and disappointments, he refused to abandon his dream of what he often referred to as a “senior campus,” where seniors could thrive and continue to inspire and impart their wisdom. As we all gain inspiration from his memory, his wife, Cathy Davis, has captained the project to a successful completion with last Saturday’s unforgettable grand opening.
The new buildings, which will enhance the quality of life for underserved senior citizens in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point community, include 121 units of low-income senior housing and a brand new senior center. The complex also includes a dining hall, beauty parlor, health and nutrition programs and more.
This dream come true is a tribute to Dr. Davis’ painstaking efforts to educate local, state and federal agencies, developers and foundations on the crying needs of his people. His charisma and humble integrity helped win their support for Bayview Senior Services and the community.
A big crowd had assembled by 11 a.m.; more than 500 people attended, filling the grounds and dining hall all afternoon – the sort of day that brings people together and builds strength and unity in the community. Speakers informed and singers and dancers entertained the crowd. Former Mayor Willie Brown, current Mayor Ed Lee, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Mark Leno and other distinguished officials were on hand to cut the ribbon. The agency led tours of the buildings.
“Our goals are to invest in and strengthen all aspects of the agency so that our programs and services thrive for years to come. However, we cannot do this alone. We need the continued partnership with individuals, community based organizations and corporations to sustain my husband’s vision to have a thriving, safe and secure place for Bayview seniors and people with disabilities,” shared Executive Director Cathy Davis, widow of the late Dr. George Davis.
Under the guidance of the board of directors, Bayview Senior Services has been providing community-based comprehensive services for seniors for over 45 years. Through a network of senior centers, adult day health, case management and housing counseling, Bayview Senior Services addresses the critical needs of seniors through the context of neighborhood advocacy. Creating housing with supportive services represents the agency’s commitment to helping seniors age – in place and with dignity – in their own community.
For more information about Bayview Senior Services and the new senior housing facility and center, contact the agency at 415-822-1444 or visit the agency’s website at bhpmss.org.