• Pride Month: Celebrating Our Connections - IN PERSON Rainbow Supper Club

    ++ PRIDE MONTH / JUNE Rainbow Supper Club VIRTUAL Event ++

    THIS WEEK: 6/30 - Celebrating Our Connections (5:30-7pm)
    In-Person/ Outdoor Gathering @ Jones Point Park, Holyoke

    This will be our first gathering in-person since 2020! We ask that people bring their own chairs. We will have boxed meals available for attendees (prices TBD for seniors 60+ & those under 60). Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly. Dietary restrictions? Let us know.

    In the spirit of community, meetings during the month of June are open to all LGBTQ+ seniors, their partners, as well as our younger friends and allies!

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    MORE ABOUT VIRTUAL RAINBOW SUPPER CLUBS:

    These virtual gatherings happen on the 2nd, 4th, & 5th (when applicable) Wednesday of each month beginning at 5pm. They are open to LGBTQ+ seniors and their partners. We encourage those who are new to us, to connect prior to RSVPing to learn more about the Rainbow Supper Club and WestMass ElderCare.

    We ask that individuals who are interested to RSVP. After you RSVP, you'll receive a link / phone number that you can use to participate in these weekly gatherings.

    Meetings will be accessible via Zoom (virtual platform) and phone beginning at 5pm. You may join early at 4:30pm to receive technical assistance. First time registrants are especially encouraged to do so.

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at rainbowsupperclub (at) wmeldercare (dot) org. We also welcome questions!

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    ADDITIONAL INFO ABOUT IN-PERSON MEETINGS:

    For the foreseeable future, any in-person meetings will be done outside.

    We ask you be respectful to those who wish to wear masks, and others who do not. As of 5/28 - MA will not have a mask mandate, however, we will provide the opportunity for participants to social distance outside if they would like, but recognize, that some will feel comfortable being close.

    Be mindful of your space and others, and use clear communication to state what you need / and respect the wishes and needs of others.

    We ask participants to bring your own chair to sit in. We will be providing individual boxed meals. More information regarding menu and cost is TBD.

    We ask participants to respect confidentiality. We will do our best to moderate these meetings, and remove anyone who demonstrates inappropriate / unsafe behaviors.

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    OTHER LGBTQ+ VIRTUAL GATHERINGS:

    There are a number of other LGBTQ groups that are also meeting virtually at this time. Here are our sibling programs in MA that you can check out!

    Pathways Café (Tuesdays, 11 a.m., Metro-West area): Contact Julie at [masked].

    Rainbow Seniors (Wednesdays, 3 p.m., Berkshire County): Contact Kenneth at [masked].

    Rainbow Elders (Thursdays, 12 p.m., Franklin County): Contact Dave at [masked].

    In for Supper (monthly in the Boston area): Contact Bob at [masked].

    Flashback Cafe—LGBT Elders of Color and Friends (2nd Wednesdays, 5 p.m.): Contact Paul at [masked].

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    NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT?

    Connect with WestMass ElderCare for basic needs support or learn about other programming during this time at http://www.wmeldercare.org | Email: info (at) wmeldercare.org | Phone:[masked]

    The LGBT Aging Project (through Fenway Health) has a variety of resources - https://fenwayhealth.org/the-fenway-institute/lgbt-aging-project/

    SAGE (Advocacy and services for LGBTQ seniors) has a hotline, various resources, and programs: https://www.sageusa.org/ | Hotline:[masked]-LGBT

    National Resource Center for LGBTQ Aging (a project of SAGE) is a technical assistance resource center providing support to our community - https://www.lgbtagingcenter.org/