Heart of The Arc Society Member Creates Lasting Change
Family and community were always at the center of Mary Alvite's life. A lifelong San Franciscan, she instilled in her two sons, Tony and Robert, a belief that sharing what you have makes a difference.
Her younger son, Robert, participated in The Arc SF programs and services throughout his adult life, and Mary always advocated for his growth and independence. Although they were close neighbors living in the Castro District, she encouraged Robert to live his own life by taking advantage of The Arc's many activities. The outings he enjoyed with other seniors meant the world to Mary and she loved hearing The Arc staff talk about his travels around the city, his artwork and the bookmarks he made to share with his peers.
Later, as they both aged, Mary was grateful that Robert was able to rely on The Arc's Health Advocacy Services. As Robert's health needs grew more complex, his support team provided a continuum of care that Mary couldn't manage on her own, and she was able to take comfort knowing her son had the support he needed to stay healthy and independent for as long as possible.
Mary lived a very long life to the age of 97 and was predeceased by her husband and both sons. Through her generous bequest to The Arc SF in honor of Robert, Mary leaves a lasting legacy of love, friendship and support for individuals like Robert and their families, ensuring that the services she counted on for her son will be available to others with disabilities long into the future.
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