We believe that everyone, regardless of background, income or education, should have access to a breadth of social, cultural and educational opportunities to empower and enrich their lives.
Bayside is a private, non-profit, neighborhood-based organization that serves the whole person and the entire community, focusing on needs, as well as interests. Located in the heart of Linda Vista, this 9000 square foot facility sits on more than one acre of land overlooking Tecolote Canyon and is visited by more than 300 people daily.
Recreation, cultural arts, social services, community advocacy, and educational opportunities all exist under one roof. Through these activities and programs, we encourage and empower members of the community to create abundant lives. Our programs fall into four distinct areas: Food Security, Educational Empowerment and Health and Wellness.
In 1932, the Bayside Social Center was founded by the Sisters of Social Service in the tradition of the settlement house, a reformist movement that began in the 1880s. These one-stop assistance centers were established to empower and meet the needs of lower income immigrants and native-born residents in urban settings. The centers were a place of pride and belonging for multiple generations, with an underlying philosophy of upward mobility.
Bayside’s ability to continuously serve individuals and families for over 82 years is testimony to the strength of our volunteer community—many of whom were former Bayside clients. Last year nearly 1000 volunteers generously gave time and talent to extend Bayside’s reach beyond the center to reach populations other organizations cannot.
Bayside empowers our diverse community to improve quality of life through services, education, and advocacy.
A city where every neighborhood has access to abundant resources that promote community connection and economic self-sufficiency, expand educational and cultural opportunities; and facilitate healthy living and general well-being.
Collaboration, Compassion, Excellence, Inclusiveness, Integrity, Respect, Trust