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, 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.