Clausen House celebrates its 50th anniversary with community party

Founded in 1967 by the Clausens, other families, St. Paul’s, Oakland and the diocese, Clausen House has been serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 50 years and is currently recognized as one of the premier service-providers for this at-risk and misunderstood population in the area. On Sunday, July 16, the Clausen House community, past and present, celebrated the organization’s anniversary together in Oakland’s Preservation Park. “Fifty years of service is no small accomplishment,” notes Jaynette Underhill, Clausen House’s Executive Director, “and we are here because of the amazing support and participation of our clients and their families, as well as our amazing staff, partners and supporters.” More than 350 people attended the free event, enjoying a welcome from Heiwa Taiko drummers, entertainment from musically gifted Clausen House clients, great food, dancing and comradery. “The weather was perfect, the event was perfect,” says Underhill. “Thank you to everyone who has made this possible from the bottom of my heart. We look forward to continuing our current programs and expanding in the next fifty years.” More pictures are available on the Clausen House website: 50th Anniversary Community Celebration.

The Community Celebration is one of three events that Clausen House is holding this year to celebrate this grand occasion. On Thursday, September 7, the organization is holding a special 50th Anniversary Art Show & Reception, and on Saturday, November 4, is hosting a black-tie 50th Anniversary Gala fundraiser

Clausen House Executive Director Jaynette Underhill welcomes guests.
 

Clausen House client Norman entertains event attendees while they enjoy their meal.

 

Music and dancing were highlights of the event.
 

Board member and founding family member Ed Clausen shares a bit of Clausen House history with the partygoers.
 

Clausen House clients Michael and Tanas enjoy the festivities.