13 posts categorized "SAGE Faces"

February 6, 2013

Love & Loss: Moving On from Hurricane Sandy; One Older Gay Man's Story

The following is a guest post by Damien Wade, Case Manager at The SAGE Center  

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SAGE Case Manager Damien Wade Visiting with James McCormick Who Lost His Partner David in Hurricane Sandy

David B. Maxwell, 66, and James McCormick, 72, were together for 5 years and had recently moved into their own home in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island, known for its beautiful waterfront views and serenity. They had cats. They had each other. And by all accounts they had planned to spend their lives devoted to one another.

When I started working with James, I learned that he had suffered a stroke in mid-2012 that left him with limited mobility and confined to a wheelchair.  He had to move out of the home he shared with David and into the Carmel Richmond Nursing Home.

I never met David, but I imagine him to have been a nurturing and caring man. He was described by his neighbor as a “lovely sweet gentleman,” and a devoted partner whose whole life was James.  After James’ stroke, David would visit him all the time at the nursing home. David’s was the first face James saw in the morning and the last he saw at night.

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January 19, 2013

Honoring MLK Day of Service: How One SAGE Volunteer Gives Back

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

- Martin Luther King Jr.

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SAGE Harlem Program Assistant, Patricia Fraser and Volunteer Shelly Montrose
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January 21, 2013 will mark the official Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service, empowering individuals and communities to come together and volunteer their time to get involved and give back. Americans are encouraged to help out where they can, whether it’s serving food at a soup kitchen or organizing a clothing drive for those in need. Together, we can begin to create solutions to social problems, moving us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

At SAGE, our volunteers embody the spirit of service. They are an important part of our family, spending their available time with us to lead programming at The SAGE Center, visit a homebound LGBT older adult through Friendly Visitors or work with LGBT elders in their own communities through SAGENet. Without these valuable members of our community, we could not do all that we do.

This year, SAGE is celebrating MLK Day of Service a bit early with the White House. In honor of this day, we are highlighting the story of Shelly Montrose, an African American female volunteer at our SAGE Harlem program. A neighborhood program based on affinity, SAGE Harlem is dedicated to creating a safe haven for LGBT older people in Harlem, East Harlem and the Bronx and connecting them to services in their community. Shelly, an older lesbian herself, is a longtime Harlem resident and has been volunteering with SAGE for almost a year. Shelly told us how she became a volunteer:

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January 16, 2013

Welcome to the SAGE Blog!

When we launched the new SAGEUSA.org last fall, we set out to build an improved online space for anyone seeking information on LGBT aging and the services and programs for LGBT elders offered by SAGE. We included an Issues Section to give concise, detailed facts about the many challenges that LGBT elders face.  We made SAGE’s groundbreaking policy reports, videos, and podcasts more readily available with an expanded multimedia library. And we made the site more accessible with a larger default font, text enlarger and a Reading Help page, among many other improvements and updates. 

Now, SAGE is thrilled to introduce the newest addition to our website—the SAGE Blog!

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