NICOLE C. BRAMBILA • THE DESERT SUN • DECEMBER 31, 2009
Opened in 2005, the senior center serves roughly 2,000 people providing social services in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community.
The center received an affiliate designation last month from Senior Action in a Gay Environment, or S.A.G.E., the nation's leading organization for LGBT older adults.
Now going by the name S.A.G.E. Palm Springs at the Golden Rainbow Center, the center is one of 14 affiliates nationwide.
“I think it makes sense considering the retiree population in the area,” said Karen Taylor, director of Advocacy and Training for S.A.G.E.
“I think it will bring some great attention to the Palm Springs LGBT aging community.”
Formed in 1978, the New York-based nonprofit group is one of the oldest LGBT organizations providing services to gay and lesbian elders.
Harvey Stern, the center's director, said Palm Springs will benefit from the “wealth of evidence based practices which others have done that prove successful.”
“It's totally a win-win for everybody,” Stern said. “S.A.G.E. gets more power as a national organization and we'll be able to tap into their tremendous wealth of resources.”
More than half of all older American adults rely on a Social Security check for retirement. But unlike their straight counterparts, gays and lesbians face unique challenges: gay seniors are more likely to be poor, live alone and have weaker support systems.
Gay issues are particularly important in the Palm Springs area, which boasts, per capita, one of the largest gay populations in the United States.
The Center also received a $50,000 grant, its largest to date, from the Kaiser Permanente, for a program designed to help older adults with isolation and depression.
“Kaiser Permanente has awarded a $50,000 Thriving Aging grant to Golden Rainbow to support the much needed services that this organization is providing to older adults who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and may be facing poverty, economic insecurity and isolation from community resources,” Angela Coron, Kaiser Permanente's Southern California managing director for community benefit, said in an e-mail to The Desert Sun.....Orginal Article