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Elders OUTreach.
WHO ARE WE?
In April of 2005 Elder OUTreach was formed to assist in ensuring that the Center maintained a focus on LGBT older adults. Elder OUTreach is a small group of dedicated volunteers, many of whom work in the field of aging or represent LGBT organizations. While the Center hosts a number of activities appropriate for individuals of all ages, Elder OUTreach will support programs designed to meet the unique needs of the older members of our community. Elder OUTreach welcomes interested individuals of all ages, as well as representatives of organizations serving older/LGBT people, to join us in serving our community’s elders.

PROGRAMS

Computer Lab
Computers can be a useful tool and a lot of fun for people of all ages including seniors. In March, 2006 the Center opened a computer lab and the lab is open to the community through classes as well as drop-in hours. Watch the Center web site home page for details and special events.

Educational Programs
Elder OUTreach, in collaboration with other local organizations serving elders or the LGBT community, will periodically hold educational programs for LGBT elders. The first of these – Elder OUTreach: Volunteer and Social Opportunities for LGBT Seniors – was held in September 2005 and provided an opportunity for participants to meet with DC metro organizations that serve LGBT elders and learn more about the opportunities they provide. If you are interested in helping with programming or have ideas for future topics, please let us know. Organizations that would like Elder OUTreach to assist them with an activity targeted to elders, including LGBT older adults, are invited to contact us to discuss their ideas.

SPEAK OUT!
A number of other programming ideas are currently being considered. We welcome your input and ideas. Send an e-mail to elders@thedccenter.org, share your ideas, and let us know the best way to contact you for follow-up (e-mail, phone etc.). Thanks in advance for taking the time to help us serve our elders.

VOLUNTEER
We need your help! Whether it is to serve with Elder OUTreach, host a program, facilitate a group or activity, volunteer at specific events, assist us at the Center in downtown Washington or volunteer in some other capacity – we have a place for you! Share your special interests or skills with DC metro elders! Just send an e-mail to elders@thedccenter.org and let us know your name, interests and contact information and we’ll get right back to you.

SIGN-UP
Would you like periodic updates on Center programs for seniors? Send an e-mail to elders@thedccenter.org and ask to be put on our Elder OUTreach listserve.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

DC Office of LGBT Affairs
A permanent office established with the Executive Office of the Mayor to address the concerns of the Districts LGBT residents.
www.lgbt.dc.gov
202-727-3000

LGBT Caregiver Discussion Group
A free online support group for LGBT people caring for elders and loved ones with chronic conditions. 
www.caregiver.org  (under the Groups tab, select LGBT Caregiver Discussion Group

Mautner Project :

  • Offers a free weekly Caregivers group to lesbians who are caring for an ill or aging loved one. For more information or to register, contact Jodi Hall at 202-332-5536 or by email: jhall@mautnerproject.org.
  • Offers an 8 Week Bereavement group to lesbians who have recently lost a close loved one. For more information or to register, contact Jodi Hall or April Nelson at 202-332-5536 or by email: jhall@mautnerproject.org.
  • Is recruiting senior age volunteers to work with clients of the Mautner Project, providing services to lesbians with cancer, their partners and caregivers. For more information, please contact Jodi Hall at 202-332-5536 or by email: jhall@mautnerproject.org

Metro Retirees
A social organization for older gays and lesbians.
rschmidtva@aol.com

Older Wiser Lesbians (OWLS)

www.metroowls.org
info@metroowls.org

Prime Timers
A social organization for older gay and bisexual men and their admirers.
http://www.primetimersdc.org
GentilBill@aol.com

Rainbow History Project
An organization devoted to preserving the memories of the DC LGBT community.
info@rainbowhistory.org
www.rainbowhistory.org
202.907.9007

Senior Health Resources
Senior Health Resources, Inc. (SHR) has been established to provide a full array of quality health-related services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender community. SHR focuses on individuals over age 40, and their community of families and friends who reside in the DC metro area.
seniorhealthresources@home.com
www.seniorhealthresources.net
202-388-7900

Whitman Walker Clinic Lesbian Services Program
LSP is committed to meeting the health and wellness needs of lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people in the Washington, DC metro area.  LSP hosts a conversation group for women over age 50 the 2nd Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  RSVP ashaw@wwc.org.
www.wwc.org/lsp
lsp@wwc.org
202-797-3580




Over the past three years, The Cherry Fund has donated more than $270,000 to provide the critical seed money necessary to get the Center project off the ground. The Cherry Fund is a local fundraising organization that holds a weekend dance benefit every Spring in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.cherryfund.org.
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