Meals Pantries, Pandemic Pivots, and Stopping the “2nd Closet” for LGBTQ Seniors

Meals Pantries, Pandemic Pivots, and Stopping the “2nd Closet” for LGBTQ Seniors

Anita: I’m thrilled about The Law Harrington Senior Living Center (pictured above), which we opened proper in the midst of the pandemic and is, to my data, the primary of its variety right here in Texas. The Center offers an reasonably priced, LGBTQ-affirming housing resolution to seniors in our group. This is so essential as a result of LGBTQ seniors are more likely than their straight, cisgender counterparts to be residing under the poverty line. And then additionally, LGBTQ those that have to enter assisted residing amenities usually report feeling pressured again into the closet, and that’s not pleased with us. The Center is a spot the place all individuals will be totally themselves in a thriving group. 

Another great spotlight was the Holiday Care Package project we launched in 2020. Many of our shoppers wrestle with persistent sickness or are already vulnerable to isolation, and the pandemic solely exacerbated that. So the middle pulled collectively and despatched out a ton of care packages filled with pantry items, cleansing provides, masks, and heartfelt letters in order that these of us know that there are individuals on the market locally who care about them. The response was so constructive that we’re now taking year-round donations so we will proceed doing this outreach sooner or later.

Q. How has the Montrose Center needed to adapt throughout these difficult instances? 

Anita: I’m actually proud that we have been capable of present service continuity throughout the COVID-19-related shutdowns. We moved loads of issues on-line, like our dialogues and workshops, and we really discovered we have been capable of attain a good broader viewers this fashion. People who could not have been capable of get throughout Houston visitors for one among our occasions may extra simply log into a web-based assembly, in order that was cool.

Q. What can individuals do proper now to indicate assist for the Montrose Center and the LGBTQ group you serve?

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