Gay senior center for Staten Island's LGBT community opens on North Shore
By Jim Smith
The Island branch will be housed at the Pride Center of Staten Island, 25 Victory Blvd., Tompkinsville. The SAGE Pride Center of Staten Island will be welcome news to the hundreds of gay seniors that have made the Island their home.
SAGE was founded in 1978 with a headquarters in Manhattan. The national organization offers supportive services and consumer resources to seniors and their caregivers.
It provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. SAGE has offices in Manhattan, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. They currently coordinate a growing network of 21 local affiliates in 15 states and the nation's capitol.
The opening ceremony took place Dec. 18, at the new center. Special guests were be Donna M. Corrado, commissioner of the New York City Department of Aging, along with Michael Adams, executive director of SAGE. Over 60 LGBT seniors from Staten Island attended the opening of their new center.
Some of the social activities planned are a weekly meeting every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A monthly potluck lunch is served (bring your favorite dish!), a monthly birthday celebration, along with workshops on health, retirement, financial and other important issues are also on the agenda.
The group has gone out for lunch and a road trip to New Hope, Pa., which was a success. A casual coffee house evening occurs on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.
Lonely isolation is a problem for seniors during the winter. All are invited to come to the Center. Meet new friends with a nice warm welcome.
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