Ending Isolation with SASP’s New Program: Our Community Cares

Senior Pride, in conjunction with the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) Neighbor Care Alliance, has launched a new effort to help LGBTQI elders who are feeling lonely, isolated and in need of information about services and resources that are safe and welcoming.

Volunteer program coordinator Kay Smith says, “People in our community who are older or disabled, and not able to easily attend social functions, are isolated and feel disconnected from the community they knew all their lives. The SASP Community Cares Program-Tucson is designed to address the social needs of home-bound people in our community by providing trained volunteers who will visit once a week for 1 to 1.5 hrs. to visit, play cards, read aloud, write letters or call once a week for a phone visit. Volunteers will also provide information on LGBTQI services and resources.”

The SASP Community Cares Program has initiated its pilot program this summer. We are pleased to be visiting three people weekly and look forward to visiting more in the fall.

Saturday, October 21 from 3-5:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship
2902 N Geronimo

The program will offer training for volunteers. To enroll in the volunteer training program, to learn how to sign up for visits and phone calls or to obtain more information, please call SASP Community Cares Program-Tucson at 520-351-2724 or email. Leave your name and contact information and Kay Smith, MSW, Program Coordinator, will respond.

Aug 8, 2017

Rainbow Crosswalk Unveiled

Tucson joins many other cities across the United States by adding rainbow crosswalks to honor the LGBTQ community and celebrate the city’s diversity. The official unveiling was held on Aug. 8th at 10am in the Creative Ventures parking lot at 522 N. 4th Avenue. The Rainbow Crosswalk Project is a collaboration between Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Speedy Striping and the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association.

The crosswalks are at the busy intersection of Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street.

City council member Karin Uhlich said she hoped the intersection would be a place to turn when she and others “need a little dose of courage or pride.”

In the night before the unveiling, vandals splattered white paint on the crosswalks; workers were able to clean it off before the ceremony.

2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month

Announcing the Alzheimer’s LGBTQ Caregivers Support Group

ANNOUNCING Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter’s support group, which offers a forum for LGBTQ caregivers to share feelings, concerns, information and encouragement.

No cost to attend.
No commitment to come back.

»See flyer!

2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month
5:30-6:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship
2902 N Geronimo
Social Hall East on Laguna
Tucson, AZ
»Find out when we meet next
More info: (520)322-6601

Supported by Southern Arizona Senior Pride.
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AARP article: Housing for older LGBT adults!

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An ‘LGBT-Welcoming’ Place to Call Home
Recognizing a need, some cities are developing housing options.

“Older adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender often age alone. As the first generation to be open about their sexuality and united around the gay rights movement, many are estranged from family and never had or have lost a partner. Prejudice may have meant fewer work opportunities over their lifetime, resulting in meager, if any, savings. Finding affordable and welcoming senior housing is a challenge…”

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