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  Conversations That Count: Advance Care Decisions &     Planning
  November 18 & 25, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM

North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley

Talking about end of life can be difficult. Let us make it a little easier. Join us at Conversations That Count: Advance Care Decisions & Planning. The goal of this two-session seminar is to start the conversation about end of life preferences and complete an advance care directive. It will take place at North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Mercy Retirement & Care Center (510) 534-8540 ext.630.

Continuing Education Events: Ethics, Resident's Rights, and Dignity
October 16, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Mercy Retirement & Care Center, 3431 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland

All health professionals are invited to join this educational seminar on ethics, resident's rights, and dignity in senior living. This event will take place at 5:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Mercy Retirement & Care Center. The seminar is worth one continuing education unit for social workers, case managers, and nurses.

Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | 5:00 - 7:00PM

Join us for a pasta feed and silent auction to benefit Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk 2014. Entertainment will include live music and a resident art show. The benefit will be Oct. 15 at Mercy Retirement & Care Center, 3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland.

Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. and the silent auction ends at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and include appetizers, pasta, dinner, dessert, wine, and beverages. 

Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 10 to Ashley Hill at (510) 534-8540. For more information please contact Ashley Hill, Memory Care Director, or visit www.alz.org/walk

Conversations That Count: Advance Care Decisions & Planning
October 4 and 18, 2014 | 9:00 - 11:00AM

Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Way Blvd., Oakland

Talking about end of life care can be difficult. Let us make it a little easier. Join us at Conversations That Count: Advance Care Decisions & Planning at 9 a.m on Oct 4. and Oct. 18. It will take place at Park Boulevard Presbyterian church, 4101 Park Way Blvd., Oakland.

Learn about advance care planning for your loved ones. This two-session seminary will answer all your questions about end of life planning. This event is free and open to the public. 

Please RSVP to office@pbpc.org or (510) 530-5311.


Mercy Brown Bag Program

“Seniors Helping Seniors”

In 1982, Mercy Retirement & Care Center launched the Mercy Brown Bag program to distribute wholesome bags of groceries to seniors living on fixed incomes. Volunteers, many of whom are seniors, help coordinate the program by collecting bags, organizing food drives, helping at distribution sites, and delivering bags to seniors.

In the past year alone, program volunteers distributed 44,799 bags or 850,485 pounds of food, feeding approximately 3,687 people at 15 sites throughout Alameda County. More than 400 volunteers donated more than 20,000 volunteer hours of their time to the cause.

Below is a video from the Alameda County Community Food Bank, partners in Mercy’s Brown Bag Program.

What goes into each bag?

Depending on availability, each bag contains 10 to 15 items, including:

  • Fresh produce and fruit
  • Canned food
  • Packaged items
  • Frozen foods
  • Dairy products
  • Bread and pastries
  • And more...

Who is eligible?

Seniors age 60 and up with a maximum monthly income of $1,354 for one person or $2,192 for two people or more. Individuals must be residents of Alameda County and can only request one bag per household. We also request a $10 annual donation to the program. Bags are distributed twice per month, free of charge.



  • Deliver bags to homes
  • Sort items in the warehouse
  • Help at one of our 15 distribution sites in Alameda County
  • Organize a food or bag drive


  • Speak up for policies that help alleviate hunger among low-income residents, including seniors. Click here.


  • Donate clean or gently used bags
    • Large paper grocery bags
    • Plastic grocery bags
    • Produce bags
    • Zipper-sealed bag

If the Mercy Brown Bag Program speaks to your heart, please consider also making a financial contribution.

To find out more or get involved, contact Krista Lucchesi
at 510-534-8540 x369.

Elder Care Alliance, a non-profit organization, is cosponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community & the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. RCFE Lic # 015600255 SNF Lic # CA020000237 Equal Housing Opportunity