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About Us

Elder Care Alliance has served seniors and their families in California for more than 25 years, but our history stretches back even further.

We trace our history to the 1907 opening of Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland, founded by the Sisters of Mercy. In 1996, Mercy and Salem Lutheran Home came together with the support of Catholic Healthcare West (now CommonSpirit Health) to form Elder Care Alliance.

Today, Elder Care Alliance is a network of five communities: Mercy Retirement and Care Center, AlmaVia of San Francisco, AlmaVia of San Rafael, and AlmaVia of Camarillo (in Southern California), and The Villa at San Mateo.

Mission and Vision

From day one, our mission and vision have been centered on the care of older adults — putting their well-being and dignity at the forefront of all we do.

Our vision is clear: Engaging hearts, transforming lives, erasing boundaries. We want our communities to be not just places where older adults live but places where older adults flourish. This vision is brought to life through the work of our team members and is why we’re intent on hiring the right people and providing them with professional development and wellness opportunities. We strive to create places where people are empowered and engaged and transform society’s view and value of older adults.

Our mission statement informs the work we do every day:

Expressing our faith heritage, Elder Care Alliance is an integrated system committed to serving and enriching the holistic wellness of older adults and those who care for them through education, innovation, and a network of professionals, care communities, and partners.

Strategic Initiatives

We are always looking into the ways that we can be a better steward of our land, resources and influence. With that we are focused on two major initiatives including:

Green 2030

Our focus is to be a leader in the senior living environment, thinking about our food production, energy initiatives and paperless environments to bring us closer to carbon neutral in the near future.

University Collaborations

We partner with multiple universities to better create programs for our residents and for all to understand the power of multi-generational learning.

The Non-profit Difference

Elder Care Alliance is a non-profit organization, which means that our purpose is social impact and benefit for the public good. Our bottom line is not profit-based because we do not have shareholders or owners. We strive to serve and enrich older adults’ lives, rooted in holistic wellness.

In your search to find your ideal living community, it is essential to know the differences between for-profit and non-profit communities for older adults. It is a distinction that can have a notable impact on the kind of care you will receive and your overall lifestyle as you age. Around 82% of residential care communities are private and for-profit, and about 40% belong to a national chain. Non-profit senior living organizations have more freedom to reinvest back into programming and team members.  

Join Our Team

Looking for a career where you can make a difference? Hoping to grow and learn? Seeking competitive pay and great benefits? Then, consider a career with Elder Care Alliance.

When you become a part of Elder Care Alliance-as a resident, teammate, care partner, community partner or health care ally-you become part of something larger than yourself.

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The people that we saw at AlmaVia of San Rafael looked happy. The staff seemed attentive, and it’s a really nice facility. For their activities, it looked like they have a full calendar of activities depending on how much activities a resident want to get involved in. The residents can stay as busy as they wanted to stay. The rooms seemed to be a nice size and nicely appointed. Their dining area is nice too. It’s like going into a restaurant. This would definitely be on top of our list.Paul C.AlmaVia of San Rafael

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