Senior Programs

Programs specifically for identifying LGBTQ+ seniors!

 

Please reach out to our Senior Program Manager, Christopher Holden at Christopher@rainbowcc.org or 925-692-0090 x 3 for more information.

Our mission is to build community and promote well-being among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning adults over the age of 55 in Contra Costa County through outreach, advocacy and education.  Our goal is to provide community-building, support, and social programs to LGBTQI+ seniors and provide an affirming environment where they and their allies can be a part of a community that welcomes diversity and individuality.

Our SOAP Program

Senior Outreach & Advocacy Program (SOAP)

christopher@rainbowcc.org or 925-692-0090 x 3

 

 

This program is designed to both educate senior care facility staff on cultural competency issues and to advocate for LGBTQ+ seniors who may be experiencing discrimination at skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, senior living, etc. 

 

How SOAP helps:

 

  • Provide clients with resources, such as legal advocacy and social supports.

  • Advocates for the rights of LGBTQ+ seniors and their partners.

  • Addresses issues for trans people including gender affirmation in their care setting.

  • Discuss needs, provide support and linkage to other services.

  • Training for Senior Care providers

Whom SOAP helps:

 

  • LGBTQ+ seniors & people living with HIV/AIDS

  • Feeling unsafe/insecure in their environment

  • Not being addressed by their chosen pronouns

  • Experiencing Social Isolation.

 

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Friendly Visitor Program

925-692-0090 x 3 | christopher@rainbowcc.org

 

This program is designed to assist in reducing isolation for LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS older adults. The program addresses both the psychological and physical challenges seniors face living alone at home.  The Friendly Visitor Program is tailored to the needs of the individual, our process looks like this:

 

  1. We make contact with the referred senior and talk about services offered, we also set up their initial appointment with us.

  2. Their first appointment is attended by the senior program manager and a social worker to explore and identify individual needs.

  3. We follow up with future on-going appointments based on individualized needs.

  4. We encourage our senior to attend groups at Rainbow Community Center and/or other social groups in the community.

  5. We also help in accessing resources, such as:

  • Transportation

  • Food Resources

  • Healthcare

  • Housing

  • Social Resources

  • and more!

 

Our goal is to link seniors to resources and reduce isolation, for more information, send us referrals, or to set up an initial appointment please contact our Senior Program Manager, Christopher Holden at 925-692-0090 x 3 or email at christopher@rainbowcc.org

Outside Services you should know about 

Lavender Seniors of the East Bay

(510) 574-2090 | info@lifeeldercare.org

Services, programs, and support groups for LGBTQ+ elders ages 55 and up in Alameda and West Contra Costa County.

 

Contra Costa Area Agency on Aging 

Information and Assistance Line (925) 229-8434 | (800) 510-2020 from within Contra Costa

Resources in our county to help you maintain safety and independence. Ask about meal delivery, transportation and other services.

 

Covia

(925) 956-7396

Free, phone-based social & support groups.

 

Contra Costa AIDS Program

(925) 313-6771

Services include case management, medical assistance, legal aid and more.

 

Contra Costa Crisis Center

(800) 833-2900

Call this number if you or someone you know is in danger of hurting him/herself.

Grief and Loss Resources

Living with Loss Drop-in Grief Group- RSVP at the link. 
Virtual. Every other Friday, 1-2:30 pm
View other groups by Openhouse here

Grief Group
Every Tuesday at 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Contact kristene@liberationinstitute.org or champagne@liberationinstitute.org to join

Write to Heal Group
Thursdays at 8am
Contact agnes@liberationinstitute.org to join

Building Grit & Resilience Group
Every Thursday at 11am-12:30pm
Contact erik@liberationinstitute.org or halie@liberationinstitute.org to join

Grief Support Groups at Sutter Health- Concord 
Different times depending on the group
To register call 925-363-4126

 

If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse please call (877) 839-4347