CALA has been a strong supporter of welcoming, inclusive environments for all seniors and had the opportunity last year to work with Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) on his LGBT Bill of Rights. CALA built a relationship with Senator Wiener through our work with him on his bill, and CALA members had the chance to send letters to the Governor urging his signature on the bill. In December, a Sunrise community, The Carlisle, hosted Senator Wiener to celebrate the passage of SB 219. Executive Director, Tricia Palermo, and her team created a beautiful event that included appetizers, tours for CALA members and other guests, remarks from Tom Berry, Regional Director of Operations with Sunrise, and Senator Wiener. Tom Berry highlighted CALA’s support for SB 219 and the work CALA and our members have done over the years to ensure inclusive and safe communities for seniors. Berry also highlighted the important work The Carlisle has done over the years with their Gay Straight Alliance.
This is a great example of how CALA members form relationships through their visits with legislators and staff during Advocacy Day, Day in Your District, and community tours. You are the experts on Assisted Living, Memory Care, and CCRCs and can share that valuable knowledge with your elected officials.
Tom Berry, Sunrise Regional Director of Operations, left, celebrates the passage of SB 219 with residents, guests, and Senator Scott Wiener and Sunrise Executive Director, Tricia Palermo, far right.