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May 25, 2011

Hudson Pride Connections Center in Jersey City launches program for GLBT seniors

The Jersey Journal
By Kate Kowsh
The Hudson Pride Connections Center, an advocacy group and service organization based in Jersey City, has launched a new program for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people who are 50 and older.

The new program — Services And Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) — will provide social, recreational, educational and support services for a population that is historically underserved in Hudson County, Hudson Pride Executive Director Nancy Caamaño said.

Funded by the Hudson County Division of Housing and Community Development, the program will provide local field trips and sponsor volunteering opportunities in an effort to decrease isolation and encourage civic involvement among this population, Caamaño said.

It will also offer workshops and training to local service providers. “We will be providing LGBT sensitivity training to medical providers so that they’re more sensitive to the issues faced by LGBT seniors,” Caamaño said.

Helena Stone, 75, has been a volunteer at the Center since she relocated from New York to Union City three years ago. “I love being here, because I can be with people like myself,” she said at Thursday night’s program launch celebration. Stone was also honored at the event with a certificate of appreciation for inspiring and assisting in the program’s creation.

Caamaño explained that the SAGE affiliate, part of SAGE, a national social service and advocacy organization dedicated to LGBT senior citizens, is the first in New Jersey.

Founded in 1993, Hudson Pride Connections Center is a community benefit organization that bridges gaps in services and responds to unmet needs of the LGBT community and people who are HIV positive.

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