Cathy Davis came to Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services in 1978 after assisting seniors as a VISTA volunteer in Decatur, Illinois for two years. She worked with the agency’s executive director, Dr. George W. Davis, for the next 32 years, serving as deputy director, adult day health director and now as its executive director.
Mrs. Davis assisted in the development of the senior center and then became the director of the adult day health center in 1984. She was responsible for the creation of the adult day health center and served as its director until March 2010, when Dr. Davis passed away. The adult day health center has a reputation for quality and compassionate services. It’s culturally based programming provides comfort and social support for the primarily low income African American seniors who have relied on the center for the past twenty-six years.
In recent years she has expanded the agency’s focus on housing, increased case management and supported senior services in Western Addition. Through all the challenges and opportunities, Mrs. Davis has been a steadfast advocate for seniors. Every new program at the agency has been supported by her organizational skills and leadership. She has written most of the major funding proposals to support these programs. She has also led the agency’s major fundraising events, including Black Cuisine and the Tribute to the Clergy.
Cathy Davis is tireless and dedicated to continuing the legacy started by Dr. George W. Davis.
Mrs. Davis has been instrumental in the negotiations for creating 121 units of housing and a new senior center at 1751 Carroll, a part of Dr. Davis’s dream for an Aging Campus designed for seniors to age in place in the community. Construction on this project began in April 2014 with completion in April 2016.. She is uniquely qualified to lead the effort to bring this project into fruition.
Mrs. Davis credits her family, friends, community, agency board and staff for providing a strong support system that enables her to do what she does.