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January 7, 2020

January 2020 Newsletter for Rainbow Elders

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Rainbow Elders' Newsletter-January 2020

For Boulder County's LGBTQ+ older adults, their allies and the professionals who serve them


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Pictured here are volunteer, Kay Krewson and recipient, Barb Shore, one of the volunteer connections made through our Rainbow Connections Volunteer Program. Our volunteer pairs meet on a weekly basis to engage in activities that help combat the social isolation that many older adults experience. Some choose to stay in getting to know one another by sharing stories in a more intimate, quiet setting. Others choose to go out, maybe to the movies, or for a meal, or perhaps even an event like one sponsored by Rainbow Elders or Out Boulder County. The one thing that is clear is that folks are building connection and community, two important antidotes for social isolation. To read more about Kay and Barb, check out the article from the Times-Call.

We continue to recruit for both volunteers as well as recipients. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please apply here. If you are interested in being matched with a volunteer, please email Michael Chifalo.


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A three-hour Project Visibility general training will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the St. Vrain Community Hub at 515 Coffman Street, room 326 (3rd floor) in Longmont. The Boulder County Area Agency on Aging's Project Visibility is a dynamic, cultural-sensitivity training that addresses the particular needs and strengths of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus (LGBTQ+) older adults. Award-winning, and one of the first of its kind in the nation, the training features a documentary that highlights the experiences of local LGBTQ+ older adults. Project Visibility offers important information, perspectives, and practical tips for working competently with this often invisible population for all caregivers, and others engaged or interested in the lives of older adults. Free and open to the public, but registration required. To register, email Michael Chifalo or call 303-441-4518 by Friday, Jan. 31. To learn more, and access our on-line training, visit our Project Visibility page.


We are also excited to announce that both Michael Chifalo, LGBTQ+ Program Specialist and Erica Corson, Elder Rights Program Manager are not only attending the National LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change Conference in Dallas Jan. 16-19, but are also presenting Project Visibility during one of the workshop sessions! We are excited to attend to network with other LGBTQ+ folks, to learn from the multitude of diverse presentations, and to share our successes and challenges as we continue enhancing and improving our programs and services for LGBTQ+ older adults of Boulder County.

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coffee klatch

Coffee Klatch will meet monthly in 2020 on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. Location will rotate between the senior centers of Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville and Erie.

Our first Coffee Klatch of the year will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Longmont Senior Center at 910 Longs Peak Avenue with a discussion about Creating Connections. For more information, email Michael Chifalo.


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Don't forget Supper Club meets every month for an informal get-together around a meal! This month, we will meet on Thursday, Jan. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Pinocchio's Italian Restaurant in Longmont at 210 Ken Pratt Boulevard. Please join us for an evening of good food and great company!