In June 1973, the SDSU School of Social Work conducted a study to identify challenges faced by seniors in San Diego’s downtown area. It was apparent that isolation was a critical barrier for many whose wish was simple–to live independently and with dignity in their own homes. A mission was born, and an agency formed to meet the needs of these aging adults. 50 years later, ElderHelp continues to meet those needs.

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Thank you to our 50th Anniversary Premier Partners

April 30, 2024 Proclamation of “ElderHelp Day”


On April 30, 2024, ElderHelp celebrated its 50th year of service by reflecting on a half-century of unwavering commitment to supporting seniors in San Diego. Outside the home of a senior client, the proclamation for “ElderHelp Day” was presented by the Honorable Todd Gloria, Mayor of San Diego, as ElderHelp’s leaders and community supporters came together to mark its fifty years of positive impact on the lives of San Diego’s seniors.  

“People are living longer and want to age with grace and dignity and in the comfort of their own homes, so the support that ElderHelp provides is becoming increasingly critical,” said Mayor Todd Gloria. “Given their track record of growth to meet changing needs, this organization is well positioned to continue helping our aging residents for many more years.”

Thank you to Mayor Todd Gloria for his support. Please view some of the event photos below:

“Words can’t express my gratitude for the benefits available to me through Elderhelp,” shared a long time ElderHelp HomeShare client. “At the event today, I learned about even more services I can use. I am glad to see the organization growing and helping seniors thrive. I feel very lucky to have the house sharing services that have been such a benefit to me for over 20 years.”

Through the Years…

Join the 50 for 50 Club!


In honor of ElderHelp’s 50th Anniversary, we’re asking 50 investors to donate $500, $5,000, or $50,000. Your gift funds a future where all seniors have access to healthcare, affordable housing, and resources to meet their basic daily needs.


We’re collecting 50 MILESTONE MOMENTS! Do you have a special client or volunteer story? Attend a memorable ElderHelp event? Submit your stories and photos. We’ll share throughout the year!


Become or refer one of the first 50 NEW volunteers to join our team and receive a special ElderHelp gift. (Now through June 30, 2024.) Click the button below to learn more.

50th Anniversary Distinguished Committee

“We’re so grateful for visionary leaders who have brought us to this point. Without Advisory Board members like Judy & Yale Combs, Cindi Hill, and the late Tex Cornwell, ElderHelp would not be where it is today. They believed our model, built on dedicated volunteers who value aging adults, would strengthen all of San Diego. They were right. As we launch the next half decade, they continue to guide us as advocates, volunteers, and philanthropists. We couldn’t be more grateful.” – Deb Martin, CEO and Executive Director of ElderHelp.

Judy Combs, Co-Chair

Cindi Hill, Co-Chair

Barbara Brown

Bonnie Baumgartner

Nicole Darling

Janie Davis

Karen Krusen

Michelle Mirandon

Mimi & Mike Murray

ElderHelp by the Numbers

Seniors supported

Years in San Diego

Volunteer hours