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SAGE Hudson Valley

SAGE Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
300 Wall Street
Kingston, NY 12402
(845) 331-5300

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300 Wall Street
Kingston, NY 12402

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Vanessa Shelmandine
Director of Programs & Services

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About SAGE Hudson Valley

SAGE Hudson Valley is located at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center.  As a safe, supportive environment, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center provides services, professional resources, and programs that unite the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community across lines of age, race, gender and economics.  Our purpose is to strengthen, support and celebrate LGBTQ individuals, families and groups in their efforts to achieve their fullest potential.  The Center strives for positive social change through advocacy, community education, cultural awareness and wellness programs that assist in the creation, development and growth of LGBTQ-affirming organizations, institutions and culture within the community at large.

Recent Highlights

Cultural Competence Training

In the past 18 months, the Center’s team has trained more than 700 health and human services providers in the mid-Hudson Valley about the needs of LGBTQ members of the communities they serve.  These providers include home health aides, social workers, educators, probation officers, shelter care workers, doctors and hospital personnel.  In 2012, two of the trainings hosted at the Center for community members and service providers were specifically focused on LGBT older adult cultural competency.  The training participants included the directors of our region’s three county Offices for the Aging, leading to increased partnership, training opportunities and referral requests from our Area Agencies on Aging.

Caregivers’ Support Services

Beginning in 2010 the Center began hosting a caregivers’ support group crucial to our region, through a grant opportunity with the Ulster County Office for the Aging and in partnership with Jewish Family Services of Ulster County.  Group members include LGBTQ older adults who regularly attend the weekly group, which serves as a primary source of emotional support in their roles as caregivers.  This caregivers’ group is unique within the region as the only one to be led specifically by community peers.

LGBTQ Documentary Film Festival

During the summer of 2012, in partnership with Voices of Diversity, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center hosted an LGBTQ Documentary Film Festival that included the film Living with Pride: Ruth C. Ellis @ 100.  Born July 23, 1899, in Springfield, Illinois, Ruth was the oldest known “out” African American lesbian.  In addition to exploring Ruth’s past, the film screening offered a rare opportunity to experience a century of our history as lived by one inspiring woman.

In November 2012, during National Caregivers’ Month, the Center will screen the critically acclaimed documentary GEN Silent, a film which follows six LGBT older adults as they decide how to protect themselves, their friends, their spouses—their entire lives—in order to survive in the care system.  The film will be shown twice: once with a focus on community members’ attendance, and once with a focus on service providers. 

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