Gary Shupin Independent Living Community

Providing a warm environment and personalized support

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

Gary Shupin Community provides a warm environment and the personalized support that enables adults with developmental disabilities to live independently and to enjoy the amenities of the San Francisco Bay Area.

About the Residence: Offering Safe, Secure, and Quality Living

The Shupin apartment building is located in one of San Francisco’s most vibrant, beautiful neighborhoods: Laurel Village. Residents are steps away from shops, grocery stores, banks, transportation, and cultural and recreational institutions, including the Jewish Community Center.

Situated on a quiet, charming street, the Shupin Community offers private one-bedroom apartments or two-bedroom apartments that can be shared. Each light and airy unit includes a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with a bath and shower. Laundry is on-site.

The property also has a lovely private garden with a patio and is fully secured. The residential services coordinator lives on the premises.

Providing Independent Living Skills

The Shupin Community staff works closely with residents on acquiring skills—whether it’s opening up a bank account, going to the grocery store, taking public transportation, laundering clothing, dressing for work, or planning and cooking meals.

The Community’s services include vocational training and resources, financial management, personal care, and coaching in social skills.

Shupin Community Core Services Include:

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

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 Shupin Community residents and non-residents alike and sponsors cooking and music classes, get-togethers at the Jewish holidays, recreational opportunities, and social and cultural outings. Club members also benefit from a buddy/mentor program that gives them a chance to form friendships with students in the San Francisco community.

Who Was Gary Shupin?

Gary Shupin was an adult with developmental challenges 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 on Vimeo.

Contact Us

  • Stacy Trager-Carls
  • Director of Disability Services
415-449-3805
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