Call center helps older LGBT adults in rural Maine connect

Older LGBT adults have new resource

HANCOCK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A non-profit in Downeast Maine is trying to help LGBT Mainers who are over 60  connect with each other, so they don't feel so isolated. Dr. Doug Kimmel is the executive director of SAGE Maine.
 
It has drop-in centers in places like Ellsworth, Bangor, Portland, and Damariscotta. But since getting to those places is not practical or even possible for many older Mainers in rural places, Sage Maine is starting a new virtual drop-in center. 
 
People can signup to receive a scheduled phone call twice a month where they can chat with others about news, events, topics of interest, or to share their stories.
 
"They have some things in common with each other that makes them different from other folks it may be history it may be a personal coming out story that they can't tell to just anybody but its an important part of their life and if they can share some of these stories and some of these background experiences with others who understand then they are much more humanized and connected in important ways," explained Dr. Kimmel.
 
The Sage Maine Virtual Drop-In Center is a free service funded by a $7500 grant from the Maine Community Foundation.  Anyone interested in learning more or signing up can call 207-809-7015.

 

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