How a phone buddy program is helping LGBTQ seniors stay connected

A program that was born out of the early weeks of the pandemic has paired LGBTQ elders with volunteers in the community for more than three years.

Like most people, many older members of the LGBTQ community were feeling isolated as stay-at-home orders kept everyone inside, said Christina Da Costa, who was part of the team at SAGE USA that launched the free program in the first few months of the pandemic. SAGE is a national advocacy group for LGBTQ seniors.

SAGEConnect is a phone buddy program that matches LGBTQ elders and volunteers to make or receive a friendly check-in call, at least once a week for at least six weeks. [..]


Click here to read the full piece. This story was originally published by Democrat and Chronicle on May 30, 2023.