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Founded in 1975, Jovenes de Antaño was inspired by the tremendous need for culturally appropriate community-based older adult services in San Benito County. A group of concerned citizens (comprised predominately of low income and Latino seniors) applied for non-profit status and prepared a grant proposal for a Senior Nutrition Site which included various social and recreational activities. Over the years, offerings have grown to include:

  • Information, Assistance, & Referral Services

  • Transportation Services

  • Congregate & Home-Delivered Meals

  • Family Caregiver Support Services

  • Exercise Classes

  • Administrative & Legal Assistance

  • In-Home Services Registry (now closed)

  • One of the first Adult Day Programs in San Benito
    County (now closed)

Jovenes de Antaño provides information and referrals to Senior Legal Services for assistance with defending the right of the elderly to quality health care, social integration, to secure their persons and property, and to be free of discrimination on the basis of age or disability.


Jovenes de Antaño provides information and referrals to Senior Network Services for HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) free, confidential one-on one counseling, education, and assistance to older people and their families on Medicare, Long-Term Care insurance, other health insurance related issues, and planning ahead for Long-Term Care needs.



Founded in 1975, Jovenes de Antaño is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.


We are supported by Federal and State funding, through the Seniors' Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, by various foundations, and by corporate and individual tax-deductible donations.




The Jovenes de Antano’s Board of Directors is announcing the opening
of the following position: E
xecutive Director. The Executive director will
lead and manage our non-profit organization, oversee operations,
finances, programs, staff, and volunteers. The Executive Director will
also function as a representative of the organization for the community
and the public.
30 hours per week (flexible)
64-83,000 a year.
Medical, dental, vision and life insurance provided.
English/Spanish a plus
If you are interested and would like some more information and/or pick
up an application, please see Vicky at 300 West St. Hollister, CA 95023
or send an email to



Providing services for over 36 years, the staff of Jovenes de Antaño embraces the values of dedication and commitment to professionalism and compassion for those whom they serve.

Pauline Valdivia

Executive Director

Connie Padron

Financial Officer

Vicky Rivera

Administration, Information & Assistance

or Referral (I&A/R) services

Melissa Sosa Silvestre

Meal Programs


Leonora Rivera

Kitchen Manager

Marian Silva

Family Caregiver Support

Kaitlyn Amador

ADRC Program Coordinator



 On May 13, 2023 in Honor of Pauline Valdivia the building has been dedicated in her gratitude for exemplary service, commitment, and dedication to the City of Hollister. Pauline's spirit continues to live here. She shared her smile, passion and dedication to the senior community as the founder of the Jovenes De Antano. 



Don’t think of her/him as gone away
Her/His journey’s just begun,
Life holds so many facets

This earth is only one.

Just think of her/him as resting
From the sorrows and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.

Think how she/he must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.

And think of her/him as living
In the hearts of those she/he touched
For nothing loved is ever lost
And she/he was loved so much.

-Ellen Brenneman

Valdivia via  Community Foundation.jpg


We are fortunate for the opportunity to be able to help our friends and neighbors, we are grateful to our incredible volunteers, and we are indebted for the guidance and support of our incredible Board Members, past and present!

Jovenes de Antaño Board Members demonstrate their ability to assure the quality of service for the elderly by dedication, study, fiscal responsibility and ongoing needs identification and program expansion.


Our Board of Directors meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m., in the Hollister Community Center.

Area Agency on Aging

Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens



Community members ages 55 and up! The Area Agency on Aging invites you to take The Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults. This survey will help us better understand the contributions that adults ages 55+ make to their communities, as well as the needs they have and challenges they experience. Please share your feedback now! Take the survey here:

Survey available until August 28th, 2023.

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