In Memory of Hank Lacayo

With great sadness the staff and board members at St. Barnabas Senior Services inform you of the passing of our board member, Hank Lacayo. Hank served on the SBSS Board of Directors since 2009, and his involvement with the older adult community we serve continued his lifetime of service to underserved communities.


 Hank was a mentor to our President  & CEO, Rigo J. Saborio,-“Hank Lacayo, was a stalwart advocate in our community and a mentor to me. I will always remember him fondly and with great admiration for his commitment to underserved communities across the country. We will miss him dearly”. 

Hank began his career in 1953 with North American Aviation, and was elected president of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 887 in 1962.  Hank became the first Hispanic to serve as a political director of a national union in 1974, after he was was appointed the National Director of UAW's political and legislative department. He worked as an adviser to the U.S. Department of Labor under the Kennedy and Johnson administration, as a member of President Jimmy Carter’s presidential transition team and as President Bill Clinton’s California deputy campaign director. In August 1963, Hank led a delegation from Los Angeles to join Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington to join a civil rights march.

After retiring from UAW in 1986, Hank continued working in policy, serving five terms as state president of the Congress of California Seniors and as an adviser to the National Association for the Hispanic Elderly.

Hank’s awards and accolades are almost too many to name. He was a pioneer for Latinos in labor movements and politics, and on the Board of Directors for the Ventura County Community Foundation, El Concilio Family Services, La Hermandad Hank Lacayo Youth and Family Center Health Access of California, the Jewish Labor Committee and the California Foundation on Aging and California. Hank also received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters State University from California State University Channel Islands.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Hank’s wife, Leah and children and extended family and network of friends and colleagues. 

Press Conference on the American Health Care Act

On Friday, March 17th, 2017, SBSS partnered with Assembly Member Miguel Santiago, Fight4OurHealth Coalition, SEIU Local 2015, Justice In Aging, and older adults to hold a rally and press conference at SBSS Mid-City Senior Center opposing the Affordable Care Act repeal.

The changes to Medicaid proposed by Congress will make it more expensive for older adults to access basic health care services, as well as long-term services and supports that allow them to age at home and in the community for as long as possible.

During the press conference, over 100 older adults and community members joined together to spread awareness of the negative impact the American Health Care Act will have on our communities.

Thank you ABC 7, KCAL 9, Univision, and Estrella TV for airing the story and helping to spread awareness of issues that negatively effect older adults in our community.

SBSS' AGEnts for Change, Hermie Cruz and Orlando Estrada are featured in some of the clips, as well as our partners Health Access California, Social Security Works and Justice in Aging.

ABC 7 clip
KCAL 9 clip
Univision clip
Estrella TV clip







Photo Credits: SEIU Local 2015

ABC7 Covers Aging Into the Future!

ABC7 covered St. Barnabas Senior Services Aging Into the Future 2017 event!

We had more than 330 people join us for our inaugural AGING INTO THE FUTURE conference and have received a great deal of positive feedback. SBSS will be working hard in the next year to curate and design an even stronger conference experience with aging experts and the tech & innovation community to bring tech and older adults together and close the digital divide. 

Click here to look at photos from the event. 

In Memory of Rev. Hall

It is with heavy hearts the St. Barnabas Senior Services family informs you of the passing of Rev. Richard C. Hall. 


Rev. Hall served as the Executive Director of St. Barnabas Senior Services for over 25 years, retiring in 2000.  In that time, St. Barnabas Senior Services grew from a small agency providing limited services to 100 clients to an agency that now serves thousands of older adults, and made a lasting impact in the lives of so many older adults in the community. 

Rev. Hall is fondly remembered by coworkers and board members as a tireless advocate for older adult clients. The reflection everyone shared was how big of a heart he had. From greeting staff and clients every day to donating to Hurricane stricken Honduras, Rev. Hall will be remembered for his heart of gold, his love of fishing and passion for archaeology.

Click here to read Rev. Hall's obituary. 

KCRW-Going Gray In LA

Los Angeles is home to the largest estimated population of food insecure seniors in the country.

KCRW Producer Ruxandra Guidi, spoke with SBSS President & CEO, Rigo J. Saborio, to discuss the nearly 1.1 million older adults who are food insecure, and what SBSS does to help fix that problem.

Follow along with the KCRW series Going Gray In LA to see how older adults are aging in a city built for the young.