Enso Village represents a creative collaboration between two exemplary not-for-profit organizations, the San Francisco Zen Center and The Kendal Corporation, through their subsidiaries Zen Inspired Senior Living LLC (ZISL) and Kendal Aging.
Established in 1962, the San Francisco Zen Center is one of the largest residential training Soto Zen Buddhist organizations outside of Asia. It has three practice places which offer daily meditation, regular monastic retreats and practice periods, classes, lectures and workshops throughout the Bay Area. All are welcome.
The Kendal System, founded in 1971, consists of not-for-profit senior-living communities, programs and services founded on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Kendal’s Values and Practices tie the System together. The System has evolved to its current federal-style model with 13 operating affiliates throughout the country (When it opens, Enso Village will be the 14th Affiliate in the System). Each of the Affiliates is an independent 501(c)(3) organization with its own board of directors, responsible for its own operations and finances, and with close ties to the local community. In the federal model, The Kendal Corporation has responsibilities for coordination and facilitation of the System as a whole—it is not a centralized or directive authority. The System aims to provide the best of both worlds: sensitivity and responsiveness to local environments and culture combined with the advantages of being part of a larger, values-based network of organizations. Kendal’s mission is “Together, transforming the experience of aging.®”
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