Gary Shupin Independent Living Community

Providing a warm environment and personalized support

The Gary Shupin Independent Living Community extends JFCS’ Disabilities Services to include residential independent living, skills development, a community of peers, and a social club.

Shupin House

Shupin House

Our welcoming community offers affordable urban living coupled with comprehensive, personalized support so that young adults with developmental disabilities can live independently and enjoy the amenities of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Gary Shupin Independent Living Community has two properties for adults with disabilities at different stages of independence. Gary’s Place and Shupin House are located in one of San Francisco’s most vibrant, beautiful neighborhood known as Laurel Heights. Residents are steps away from shops, restaurants, grocery stores, banks, transportation, and cultural and recreational institutions, including the Jewish Community Center.

The Residences

Shupin House is situated on a quiet, charming street and offers shared two-bedroom apartments. Each light and airy unit includes a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with a shower. Laundry is on-site and free for residents to use. The property also has a lovely private garden with a patio and is fully secured. Shupin House residents have prior experience living outside of their family’s home and are motivated to become more independent. Residents of Shupin House are also members of the Shupin Social Club.

Gary's Place

Gary’s Place

Gary’s Place, is just around the corner from Shupin House, Gary’s Place is a a community of adults with disabilities ready to take the next step towards independence and out of their family’s homes.

Residents learn skills on how to manage finances, keep a clean home, prepare meals, and navigate transportation and interpersonal relationships. Meals are provided, and once a week, each resident is responsible for planning and preparing a meal for the other residents with staff support. Through our care management services, residents will be connected with work opportunities and day programs. The program also includes membership in the Shupin Social Club.

Take a tour of Gary’s Place:

Video provided by Open Homes Photography and Disen Cai Real Estate Group

Providing Independent Living Skills

Our caring and experienced staff works closely with residents on acquiring skills —whether it is opening up a bank account, setting and maintaining a budget, going to the grocery store, taking public transportation, laundering clothing, dressing for work, planning and cooking meals, or a variety of other activities of daily living.

Shupin Community Core Services Include:

  • Behavioral consultation
  • Care management
  • Community-resource liaison
  • Emergency preparedness planning
  • Financial management
  • Friendly visits by volunteers
  • Health care coordination
  • Independent-living skills group
  • Instruction in daily living skills and leisure activities
  • Menu and dietary planning
  • Participation in Jewish communal life
  • Recreational programming
  • Social club activities
  • 24-hour, on-call access to services

Forming Community with Others in San Francisco

Residents are part of a welcoming community that offers them many choices of programs and activities. Our Shupin Social Club is open to Gary Shupin Independent Living Community residents and non-residents alike and includes social and recreational opportunities such as cooking classes, game nights, dinners at restaurants, get-togethers for the Jewish holidays and other activities within the Bay Area. Club members also benefit from a buddy/mentor program that gives them a chance to form friendships with neurotypical adults in the San Francisco community.

Qualifications for Gary’s Place

  • Male with developmental/intellectual disabilities between 20-35 years old
  • Can independently complete ADLs (eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility, and grooming)
  • Is motivated to live an independent life outside of their family’s home
  • Can participate in a group with a 1:4 staff to resident ratio
  • Can emotionally regulate with minimal support
  • Is not aggressive

Qualifications for Shupin House

  • At least 21 years-old
  • Can independently complete ADLs (eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility, and grooming)
  • Can complete IADLs with minimal support (managing finances, accessing transportation, shopping, preparing meals, using the telephone or other communication devices, managing medications, doing laundry, housework, and basic home maintenance)
  • Has experience living outside of family’s home
  • Is not aggressive

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Who Was Gary Shupin?

Gary Shupin was an adult with developmental disabilities who lived life to the fullest. He worked, enjoyed the love and caring of friends and family, and for 18 years lived in an apartment in the building named after him. When he passed away several years ago, his family—including his uncle, Gerson Bakar, and mother, Barbara Shupin—wished to honor his legacy and spirit by donating the building to JFCS in order to create this wonderful new resource for Bay Area families. Their hope was that other young adults with developmental disabilities could lead independent lives to the fullest extent possible.

Gerson Bakar Tribute—Gary Shupin Independent Living Community from JFCS.

Gary Shupin Independent Living Community, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, is made possible by the leadership support of the Barbara and Gerson Bakar Foundation.  

Major support is provided by Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of California/Terry and John Levin. Additional support is provided by the Barbara Shupin Fund for Independent Living; Terry & John Levin Endowed Fund for Persons with Disabilities; Seymour & Frances Friedman Endowment Fund; Fred M. & Nancy Livingston Levin Fund for Adults with Disabilities; Jessica & Zach Whyman Fund and generous donations, fees. 

To learn more about JFCS’ services to our community or to support JFCS’ Disability Services and Gary Shupin Independent Living Community, please contact Barbara Farber at [email protected] or 415-449-3858. 

Contact Us

  • Ryan Berman, MSW
  • Director of Disability Services
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