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September 21, 2017

SAGE Center Midtown Updates Innovative David Bohnett CyberCenter

[New York, NY] The SAGE Center Midtown announces that its David Bohnett CyberCenter will been updated and refreshed, thanks to a generous grant from the David Bohnett Foundation.

On September 26, 2017, SAGE, the nation’s leader in advocacy and services for LGBT elders, will celebrate the grand re-opening of the David Bohnett CyberCenter at its SAGE Center Midtown on the 15th floor of 305 Seventh Avenue, NYC from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Designed to provide older, LGBT adults with a safe, comfortable space to learn basic skills, take classes, learn how to better navigate the Internet, or simply use reliable computing tools, the David Bohnett CyberCenter, opened in 2012, has just been equipped with all new state-of-the art computers and a printer, thanks to the David Bohnett Foundation.

“We are grateful to the David Bohnett Foundation for allowing us to provide essential computer access to the many LGBT elders who visit our SAGE Center every day,” says Michael Adams, SAGE CEO. “Our CyberCenter helps our participants remain active and connected in this digital age.” 

David Bohnett and the David Bohnett Foundation are committed to improving society through social activism by providing funding, technology, and technical support to innovative organizations and institutions that share its vision.

“The David Bohnett CyberCenters are places where LGBT people can comfortably get on a computer, access services, and network with each other in a nurturing and supportive atmosphere,” said Paul Moore, program officer at the David Bohnett Foundation. “The CyberCenters have proven to be a lifeline for people of all ages—from youth who may find themselves without a support system—to seniors, who may have little or no familiarity with computers. In today’s increasingly Internet-driven world, we are happy to provide regular ‘refresh’ grants enabling groups to keep pace with the many advances in computer hardware and software.”

The first David Bohnett CyberCenter opened its doors at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center in 1998. The CyberCenter was an immediate hit and served as the model for similar facilities throughout the United States. The David Bohnett CyberCenters are  prime examples of the Foundation’s commitment to making leading-edge technology available to the traditionally underserved LGBT demographic.

“The CyberCenter is a comfortable, state-of-the-art facility just perfect for my research projects on the Internet, e-mailing resumes, or just to keep in touch with the people I care about,” says Mary Ellen Green, SAGE participant. “The volunteer staff and convenient hours are so important and helpful for all my computer needs.”

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 advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, 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 located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at sageusa.org.

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Christina DaCosta
Director of Communications
917-553-3328
cdacosta@sageusa.org

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