Diversity Richmond and SAGE are aiming to give a new space for RVA’s aging LGBTQ population. Their new Friendship Café hopes to provide a neighborhood gathering places for seniors, a nutritious midday meal, and opportunities for folks to socialize.
The new program is part of Senior Connections, a local nonprofit that aims to support Virginia’s aging population across the spectrum. The group receives funds from state and federal sources, which helps keep the Friendship Café free to attendees.
Seniors can enjoy meeting up with friends and participating in diverse activities that assure that seniors remain active and connected to the community while meeting their nutritional needs.
Friendship Café days may vary but generally hours run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Ave. Richmond, VA 23220. It will be closed on Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays.
Seniors encouraged to attend are:
- Age 60 or older and live in the City of Richmond or the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent or Powhatan. •
- Not homebound and physically, mentally, and medically able to attend the Café.
- Can participate without the help of additional private caregivers or family members unless family members are eligible to also attend the Café.
- Live in a private residence; not a current resident of an adult care residence, assisted living facility, or nursing home.
The Diversity Richmond Friendship Café is one of 15 Cafés around town. All are ideally staffed by volunteers, however there is one paid staff position – email RobynBentley@aol.com for more info on the available job.
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