Vivalon's New Healthy Aging Campus Opens January 2, 2024
999 Third Street in downtown San Rafael
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About the Campus
Opens January 2, 2024.
999 Third Street, San Rafael
Monday: 9am – 3pm
Tuesday-Friday: 9am – 5pm
Vivalon’s Healthy Aging Campus promises to be a hub for vibrant living, movement, intellectual stimulation, and true community spirit.
- Medical Clinic
- Vivalon Café
- Technology Center
- Fitness Studio
- Art Studio
- State-of-the-Art Classrooms
- Activity Lounge
- 66 units of affordable housing
New Membership Options
Starting in January 2024, Vivalon is expanding its membership options to better meet the needs of Marin County seniors.
We’re introducing 3 distinct membership levels with various benefits and pricing, including parking discounts:
- Single/Couple: $60/$90
- This currently available membership level is enhanced with free parking as well as discounts at the new Healthy Aging Campus.
- Benefits include 2-hour free parking*, café/class/event discounts, monthly Connections newsletter via mail, and a special gift.
- Café: $50
- This membership level is designed for seniors who primarily enjoy eating and finding social connection at the café.
- Benefits include 1-hour free parking*, café/event discounts, monthly Connections newsletter via mail.
- Volunteer: $30
This membership level is designed to show appreciation for our wonderful volunteers by providing them with an opportunity to enjoy our classes/activities/events at a discounted rate.
Benefits include 2-hour free parking*, café/class/event discounts, monthly Connections newsletter via mail, and a special gift.
* Members receive complimentary parking with a validation card available at the front desk.
We value our current members greatly. New fees will apply at the time of renewal. You will have the option to upgrade to any of the expanded membership levels. Our aim is to ensure that these changes bring you even more value in our new space.
Yes, rest assured that Vivalon remains dedicated to our scholarship program. Our commitment is unwavering, and we will continue to serve all older adults, regardless of their economic status. Your well-being is our top priority.
We understand that parking is an important consideration. At our new Healthy Aging Campus, Vivalon members and volunteers have several parking options, including on-street meters, off-street lots, and City garages. We want to ensure you have convenient and affordable parking choices:
- On-street meters: $1.50 per hour
- Off-street lots (metered & un-metered): $0.75 per hour
- A Street & C Street garages: $1.00 per hour ($10 maximum)
On-street meters and lots are enforced from Mon-Sat, 8 am – 6 pm (with the Walgreens lot extending to 8 pm).
City garages (A & C streets) are enforced Mon-Fri, 6 am – 11 pm
Parking on weekends is free!
Paying for parking is easy. You can pay when leaving the C Street Garage and A Street Garage. Alternatively, for added convenience, you can pay when parking using the ParkMobile app at specific locations, including 3rd and B Street, 3rd and Lootens Street, Walgreens, and 3rd and Cijos Street. Credit/debit cards and coins are also still accepted at parking meters and off street lots.
Yes, absolutely! We value our members and appreciate the dedication of our volunteers. As of January 2, 2024, Vivalon will offer parking validation tickets for the A and C Street City Garages. The A Street Garage is located on A Street between Third and Fourth Street. The C Street Garage is located on C Street between Third and Fourth Street. As a member, you can receive 1 or 2 hours of free parking based on your membership level. Volunteers will enjoy 2 hours of free parking.
Parking validation is a great way to save on parking expenses. Each time a member or volunteer visits the Healthy Aging Campus, they will receive a validation ticket at the Guest Services desk for use in the City garages. Given that the current garage parking rate is $1 per hour, this represents significant savings.
Absolutely, click here for a map of parking options near the Healthy Aging Camps. We will also have copies of the parking map available at our Guest Services desk.
Absolutely, parking validation cards valid at A and C Street parking garages are available with each visit to the Healthy Aging Campus. Please note that volunteers are not required to become members to receive parking validation. We want to make parking as convenient as possible for everyone.
What's New at the Campus
- Vivalon Cafe
- Medical Clinic
- Cowles Immersive Learning Program – Coming in March 2024! Check back for details.
For Our Volunteers
At Vivalon, volunteers are the heart and soul of our mission, and their invaluable contributions will continue to make the Healthy Aging Campus feel like home for Marin seniors. Just as they do in our current center, volunteers will play an integral role in delivering key services, including the Brown Bag Pantry, Vivalon Café, Resource Office, Guest Services, as class instructors and more.
We are excited to share more details about these roles in the coming weeks. Please check back for updates.
For our dedicated Jackson Café volunteers, we are thrilled to inform you that our new Nutrition Programs Manager recently joined us and is planning the specifics of the Vivalon Café volunteer roles. While we refine these details, rest assured that the core volunteer responsibilities in the café will remain, providing excellent food service and engaging with our valued customers, just as they always have.
Rendering of the new Vivalon Café
Vivalon is proud to introduce our new Vivalon Café. Not only will it be modern and welcoming, but we are also committed to continue offering delicious affordable meals for our members and the community. Open all day with lunch served from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Our new Vivalon Café embodies a fresh vision and renewed atmosphere. To resonate with its new menu and extended hours, we felt it warranted a new name to reflect its new ambience and location. We want our loyal patrons to know that we cherish the memories and associations with the Jackson Café, and we will still continue our monthly special events.
Our new building will have a warming kitchen rather than a full commercial kitchen. A warming kitchen is designed for the preparation but not cooking of meals, food needs to arrive fully cooked and ready to serve. We are partnering with Community Action Marin (CAM), a local nonprofit, to prepare and deliver a full menu of delicious freshly prepared hot entrees, sandwiches, salads, and soups. With CAM, we aim to provide a range of delightful offerings that maintain the quality our community has come to expect. We’re excited about this collaboration and confident in the value it will bring.
Not at all. While the cafe might have a new name, look and food service, our commitment to providing an outstanding experience for our members and the community remains unwavering. Different doesn’t mean lesser; in fact, we believe our changes make it even better. While our new cafe is designed to be different and improved, it’s crafted with the same heart and spirit that our members and guests have always loved. Our focus remains on their experiences. We have considered feedback, studied evolving preferences, and worked diligently to ensure the new cafe exceeds expectations in ambiance, offerings, and service.
When we open the new cafe on January 2, 2024, it will start with lunch from Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 1:45pm. The plan is to expand service during the first 3 months to include light morning and afternoon fare. The café space will remain open during business hours (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm) as a gathering space for members and guests.
The Jackson Café at 930 Tamalpais will close on Friday December 22, 2023.
Absolutely. Volunteers are vital to serving fresh affordable meals to seniors in Marin, and while the cafe is new, the need for volunteers remains unchanged. We welcome current and new volunteers to join us in support of this transition to serve healthy delicious meals.
Our new kitchen is not a complete commercial kitchen, which has led to a change in our food service provider needs. Stacy Scott Catering has been a valuable partner for years and we are deeply grateful for their dedication and service. It’s not a goodbye. Our relationship with Stacy Scott and her team is cherished, and we look forward to potential collaborations with our dear friend in the future. Stacy is looking forward to continuing with her successful catering business and philanthropy.
We understand that change can be challenging, but we’re excited for the future of Vivalon Café and our continued dedication to serving our community.
The Team is Coming to the Campus!
Our dedicated team members, the familiar faces you know and love, will be right there with you, continuing to provide the exceptional programs and support you rely on.
Whether it’s a warm greeting, a quick answer to your questions, or the delivery of the programs you hold dear, we will be there, just as we always have been.
We look forward to welcoming you to the new space and continuing our journey together!
Enhanced Accessibility: Features and Upgrades at the Campus
The new HAC has been designed to cater to the unique needs of our older adults while ensuring full ADA compliance. From the moment you arrive, you’ll find well-maintained ramps and automatic entrance doors. Inside, the welcoming atmosphere extends to wide hallways, spacious common areas, with comfortable seating, elevators to access the 2nd floor (Vivalon), and accessible restrooms equipped with grab bars, accessible sinks, and properly placed mirrors. All our classrooms, the auditorium, and the Vivalon Café are equipped with assistive listening systems, with two ways to connect by neck loops or headphones, ensuring that no one is left out during gatherings, workshops, or fitness activities. The building is well-lit with high-contrast signage using tactile and braille elements to help with wayfinding.
- Raised Grade 2 Braille provided at room signage
- Ramp at the front entrance for wheelchair access into the facility’s Main Lobby
- Elevator provides access to all floors in the building
- Wheelchair accessible countertops and tables at a maximum height of 34” available at all rooms in the facility
- Assisted listening systems provided at the Auditorium, Divisible Classrooms, and Café
- On-site accessible parking spaces
The Brown Bag Pantry will continue at the 930 Tamalpais location until further notice.
- When we open the campus room rentals during business hours (Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm) will be available. After-hours and weekend rentals will be available in Summer 2024.
- Rental rates and policies have been updated to reflect the new space. For more information contact Guest Services at 415-456-9062.