The SAGE Center to Expand Programming for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elders into all Five Boroughs of New York City
The SAGE Center, in collaboration with the New York City Department for the Aging, will open satellite sites at Bronx Community Pride Center, Unity Fellowship of Christ Church NYC, Queens Center for Gay Seniors and Staten Island LGBT Community Center; SAGE will also deepen its collaboration with New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.
"We are proud to collaborate with these organizations, which each have deep roots in their communities and will be essential partners in bringing The SAGE Center to LGBT older people across the city," said Catherine Thurston, Senior Director of Programs at SAGE. "The SAGE Center satellites create a center without walls, enabling LGBT elders across New York City to find programs and services that meet their unique needs closer to home, rather than having to travel great lengths to Manhattan, as is now often the case."
The SAGE Center satellites, staffed by SAGE, will be located at Bronx Community Pride Center; Unity Fellowship of Christ Church NYC (Brooklyn); Queens Center for Gay Seniors, a program of Queens Community House; and the Staten Island LGBT Community Center. Each site will offer vibrant programming covering issues from health and wellness to workplace skills, comprehensive social services, a wide range of social activities, leadership opportunities for LGBT older people, and much more, ensuring that LGBT older people can age in good health, financially secure and with broad community support. Additional satellite sites may be announced in the future.
In addition to opening the satellite sites, SAGE is deepening programmatic collaborations with the LGBT Community Center, located on West 13th Street in Manhattan. Historically SAGE has offered a number of programs at the LGBT Community Center, including exercise classes, discussion groups and cultural events. SAGE also opened a Drop-In Room for LGBT older adults at the Center in 1984.
With the launch of The SAGE Center, a number of programs previously housed at the LGBT Community Center will shift to SAGE's Chelsea headquarters at 305 7th Avenue. The Drop-In Room will close at the end of June. At the same time, SAGE will continue to utilize the LGBT Community Center's meeting spaces for big community events and other special programs. And SAGE and the LGBT Community Center are planning to expand their joint programming to offer more intergenerational workshops, caregiver support groups, support groups for LGBT elders recovering from addiction and health and wellness programs.
"I'm thrilled that SAGE and the LGBT Community Center are collaborating to offer new program opportunities to LGBT older people," said Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE. "While the Drop-In Room is being replaced by The SAGE Center up the street, the deepening of SAGE's partnership with the LGBT Community Center and our continued strong presence there will be a constant reminder that the Community Center will remain a home for all members of our community, including our elder pioneers."
SAGE is the country's oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults—with offices in New York City, Washington, DC, and Chicago, as well as a growing network of 23 affiliates in 16 cities and towns around the country. The SAGE Center is part of New York City's Innovative Senior Center (ISC) program, a new initiative by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that is giving 10 of the city's leading aging organizations the opportunity to better serve their elder communities with creative, needs-based programming that will create models for the "senior center of the future." The ISC program was developed through a partnership between the New York City Department for the Aging and the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc. (CSCS), a membership organization of the city's aging service agencies. The SAGE Center is one of two citywide innovative centers created to address the needs of historically underserved elder populations.
For more information on SAGE's programs and services, including a calendar of events, please visit sageusa.org.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.