SAGE Launches Miami Affiliate

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Jewish Community Services of South Florida to expand programming for
LGBT elders

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE USA) is proud to announce the
launch of SAGE Miami, established in partnership with Jewish Community
Services of South Florida (JCS). As the newest member of SAGE USA’s
national network of 30 affiliates across twenty states and the District
of Columbia, SAGE Miami is positioned to rapidly implement and customize
local services and programming that can meet the unique needs of LGBT
older adults in the Miami-Dade area.

In addition to broad-ranging social services, JCS has focused on meeting
the needs of older adults since it was established in 1920. In 2010, JCS
began offering services specifically to meet the needs of LGBT older
adults.

“JCS’s affiliation with SAGE is a natural evolution of our mission and
of the work we do every day in Miami with the LGBT community and with
senior adults. SAGE Miami will enable JCS to reach an underserved
community whose members are often isolated with culturally sensitive and
much needed programming in a welcoming and inclusive environment,” said
Fred Stock, JCS President & CEO.

Offering programs in both English and Spanish, SAGE
Miami
will provide opportunities for elders to gather, cultivate new
friendships, support one another and learn together. One such
opportunity is made possible by SAGE Miami’s partnership with
Pridelines, a South Florida grassroots organization rooted in a
peer-led/adult-facilitated youth group model. As a SAGE affiliate, SAGE
Miami is also part of a national initiative called SAGECare that works
to ensure LGBT older adults have access to welcoming and
discrimination-free services and care throughout the community. In
connection with that effort, SAGE Miami now has a SAGECare certified
trainer on staff, ready to provide training to elder care and service
providers in the Miami area so that they can work more effectively with
LGBT older adults.

“SAGE is delighted to begin this new chapter of our work in Miami in
partnership with a trusted organization like JCS,” said Michael Adams,
Chief Executive Officer of SAGE. “The impact of SAGE’s national
training, advocacy and community education efforts combined with the
local services provided by SAGE Miami under JCS’ auspices will make a
huge difference for LGBT older people in Miami-Dade.”

ABOUT SAGE

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest
and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and
headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that
offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults
and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address
the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging
providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on
LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago,
SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 SAGE affiliates in 20 states
and the District of Columbia. Learn more at
sageusa.org
and
lgbtagingcenter.org.

ABOUT JCS OF SOUTH FLORIDA

Jewish Community Services’ mission is to improve the quality of life
and self-sufficiency of the Jewish and broader communities throughout
South Florida in accordance with Jewish values. Since 1920, Jewish
Community Services of South Florida has remained true to its original
mission of providing exemplary human services through compassionate and
comprehensive programs that promote health and productivity. JCS is a
Beneficiary Agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and an Impact
Partner of United Way of Miami-Dade. For more information, please visit
www.JCSFL.org
or call 305.576.6550.

Contacts

JCS of South Florida
Community Engagement Division
Alec
J. Rosen, 305-403-6515
Vice President
arosen@JCSFL.org