Alexandra House Recognized for Service to LGBT Elders Alexandra House Recognized for Service to LGBT Elders

Alexandra House Recognized for Service to LGBT Elders

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Training to Serve LogoAlexandra House Recognized for Service to LGBT Elders

Minneapolis, April 11, 2016 – On May 5th, Training to Serve will present the 2016 John Yoakam Award for Service to LGBT Elders to Alexandra House based in Blaine, Minnesota.
Alexandra House provides 24-hour emergency shelter, support services and community advocacy for victims of domestic and sexual violence. This support extends to elders who experience physical or emotional abuse, neglect, financial exploitation or other forms of abuse. Recognizing the unique needs of LGBT older adults and possible abuse, the organization took steps to train all of their staff and community volunteers on LGBT aging.

“The LGBT community, particularly the transgender community, experiences a disproportionate amount of abuse and violence. This award recognizes Alexandra House’s leadership in advocating for the rights and well-being of LGBT older adults,” says Rebecca Heltzer, Training to Serve board chair.

“At Alexandra House we want to ensure that people of all genders and all sexual orientations feel welcomed as they access services for domestic, sexual, and dating violence as well as abuse in later life,” says Alexandra House Executive Director Connie Moore. “We are dedicated to breaking down barriers for all individuals we serve and acknowledging each individual’s experiences with oppression and violence.”

Training to Serve established the Yoakam Award to annually honor a Minnesota organization that strives to provide an environment where compassionate care for LGBT older adults can flourish. The award is named in memory of John Yoakam, an advocate for aging within the Twin Cities LGBT community. Senior Community Services was the 2015 recipient.

YOAKAM AWARD PRESENTATION
Training to Serve Benefit, Thursday, May 5 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Gale Mansion, Minneapolis
See www.trainingtoserve.org for more details about the benefit.

About Training to Serve
Training to Serve provides education, tools, and resources to Minnesota providers of aging services to help improve the quality of life of LGBT people as they age. Since 2010, TTS has provided LGBT aging sensitivity training to more than 7,000 aging service professionals.

About Alexandra House
Alexandra House assists individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence through a continuum of free-of-charge services from emergency shelter and crisis intervention, to legal advocacy and long term housing assistance, to youth prevention and intervention services that are designed to help victims regain hope for a better future.

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