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The Center's resources for those "50 and Better"

The Center's resources for those "50 and Better"

Dear Center Community,

We reached a grim milestone last week, as the United States counted over 500,000 Americans who have perished in this pandemic, including many LGBTQ people across the nation, as well as local LGBTQ leaders and community members. Our hearts go out to the many who have suffered from COVID-19 related losses this year, including the loss of family, friends, loved ones, as well as losses of employment, businesses, relationships, resources, regular community gatherings and annual celebrations. Although the vaccine rollout is underway, we still must do all we can to stop the spread of this terrible virus including wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands, as we look with hope toward the future where we can all be together again.

 So many of us have been impacted by the pandemic, and our LGBTQ older adult seniors are no different, which is why The Center has a dedicated program for those “50 and Better.” The Center’s resources for our older adults and seniors during this pandemic have continued via Zoom and we’ve added new groups, helped seniors navigate the waters of online discussion groups, access vital food resources, and so much more. Here are just a few updates I’d like to share:

 New Program: The virtual Lesbian Café is kicking off! We heard from our community that we need to augment options for our Lesbian community and we answered that call. Beginning Friday, March 12 at 10am on Zoom, The Center begins a Lesbian Café, a group to socialize, view presentations, and create and participate in community. Be sure to join the inaugural event and help plan and create this special group - feel free to reach out to our Senior Services Program Manager Elisa at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.354.6887.

 Food Resources: The Center offers many food resources including the Senior Food Bank on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 12pm-3pm for low-income seniors, Nourishing Community where those affected by COVID-19 can receive a free meal, and the Non-Perishables Home Delivery - the free delivery of pantry items right to your doorstep. Not sure if these programs are right for you? Our Senior Services team is ready to help. Reach out to seniors@thecentersd.org and rest assured, they will find a way for you to get the food you need.

 Senior Lunch & Learn: Join us on Wednesday, March 17 from 1pm - 2pm to hear about Volunteering at The Center, presented by The Center’s own Charles Enciso, our Volunteer Services Director.

 Virtual Discussion Groups: There are many options for seniors to connect with community, to keep fit, to help deal with grief and loss, and so much more. Today I'd like to highlight the 50+ HIV Discussion group that meets on Zoom on the second Thursday of each month - join us for the next meeting on Thursday, March 11 at 12pm to discuss the topics that interest you most, how to feel your best, and socialize with others who can relate. See all of the Senior Services monthly groups here.

 If you, or someone you know, is “50 and Better” we’d love to have you join in our very special LGBTQ community. For more information, visit our website or reach out to our Senior Services Program Manager Elisa at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.354.6887.

 In community,