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 development, a community of peers, and a social club.

The Gary Shupin Independent Living Community provides a warm environment and the personalized support that enables young 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 Gary Shupin Independent Living Community is 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.

Situated on a quiet, charming street, the Gary Shupin Independent Living Community 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. Gary Shupin Residence and Social Club Coordinator lives on the premises.

Providing Independent Living Skills

The Shupin Independent Living Community 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.


  • At least 18 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)
  • 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 on Vimeo.

Contact Us

  • Alexandra Roberts
  • Resident Manager
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