LGBT Senior Community Center & Transitional Housing Services
We are SAGE Puerto Rico, Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders. We have daily support services for LGBT Older Adults at the Community Center SAGE in San Juan. We will be opening other Centers across the island very soon. We have community based services and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT Older Adults (50+), retirees, and elders; we work collaboratively with other local organizations, in developing LGBT activities and in this endeavor. LGBT Supportive Housing Units and an Independent Living Site are in the planning phase.
Women-lead households & LGBT entrepreneurship and training program
We have established a working group with local and national leaders and allies in the formation of programs specifically for the LGBT community in Puerto Rico. The goal is to establish a community training program for individuals interested in developing a business plan for the establishment of their enterprise.
We have been meeting with leaders of the area of Candelero (abajo and arriba) in Humacao in order to complete a needs assessment in regards to education needs and business entrepreneurship goals. This is ongoing.
Mental Health Counseling & Educational Supports
Waves Ahead’ group of volunteers including professionals in social work and psychology plus our staff provide brief mental health sessions impacting the mental health wellness of individuals and families. We utilize a wide array of techniques and philosophies to assist in decreasing stress, sadness, trauma, and other mental health issues affecting the Puerto Rican people. These services are free.
PIPES – Programa Integral para un Envejecimiento Saludable. It is an 8-week program with creative arts, music-therapy, yoga, meditation and individual counseling. Free and open to all older adults. Groups begin every other month.