Happy New Year from SAGE Metro Detroit!

Greetings and thank you for visiting our site.  We thought we’d take this opportunity to answer what we thought might be your frequently asked questions.

What’s the 2016 plan for the new SAGE Metro Detroit? 
As a brand new 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we have a lot to do to get our “house in order.”  This year, our Board of Directors is busily working on getting all the foundations firm for the new SAGE Metro Detroit – that includes working through the nonprofit checklist from the Michigan Nonprofit Association and making sure we have all the appropriate policies, procedures and structures in place to become a strong organization.  Read more.

What have we been up to?  Our first step was making the official and legal name change to SAGE Metro Detroit and then opening a bank account.  Our next step was to determine what committees were needed to carry out our work and engage board members and volunteers to serve on those committees.  Right now, we are working on putting together our programs, marketing, and fundraising plans.

How will we be communicating?  We realize our communications need more attention.  That’s why we are hiring for a contract Media Coordinator – we should be able to announce that person in February.  Soon, you’ll see an updated website, regular monthly newsletter – both printed and emailed, and additional updates and announcements.

What programs will we be offering in 2016?  We are working on hiring a contractual Program Director to help organize and facilitate connection to an array of programs.  SAGE Metro Detroit is a based on a true collaborative model.  We have many partners and through those partners we will connect people to programs and services, such as:
Support & discussion groups:
– The Senior Koffee Klatch at Affirmations
– The Detroit Elder Project through LGBT Detroit at Hannan House
– Quality of Life discussion at Hannan House
Workshops and seminars:
– Gardening, writing, and fitness classes offered through Hannan House in Detroit
– Life re-imagined visioning sessions from AARP Michigan
Legal assistance:
– “Ask and Advocate” monthly walk-in legal support at both Affirmations and Hannan and provided by Equality Michigan
Annual LGBT Older Adult Summit
Professional Training on LGBT Cultural Competency for Aging Service Providers

How can you help?  We invite you to participate on our committees.  Our committees include: Programs – help us develop and grow programs that make a difference in the lives of our LGBT older adults; Marketing – help us get the word out about our programs; Training – help set a training plan for professionals and get us “in the door;”  Fundraising – help us raise money to reach our 2016 budget – we’re already halfway there!

Our board meetings are open to all interested parties.  They take place the third Wednesday of the month from 9:30am-11am.  January – June they take place at Affirmations in Ferndale; July – December they take place at Hannan House in Detroit.

If you have any questions about getting more involved, please visit our website at SAGEMetroDetroit.org or email us at sagemetrodetroit@gmail.com.

Affiliate Launch BTL Article

The area agencies on aging in southeast Michigan provide information and referral for services such as meals, housing, in-home care, and transportation. They have trained their staff on how to sensitively identify and appropriately serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender callers.