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Needed- Jewish LGBTQ+ elder (55+) community input

Community Assessment for an Aging in Place Program – a new project being led by the Jewish Family Services of WNC Jewish Family Services of WNC is excited to share that we are conducting an Aging in Place Community Assessment, with the goal of providing data and a potential scalable or replicable model for an Aging in Place program. We …

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Information for our LGBTQ+ 55+ community

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in WNC. Be sure to stay aware of your own risk levels. If you are in need of a rapid at home Covid test, check out this website to find out where you can receive free testing kits. COVID-19 Test Finder Map | NC COVID-19 (ncdhhs.gov). Land of Sky Regional Council (339 New Leicester …

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The 24th International AIDS Conference

The 24th International AIDS Conference- July 29 – August 2 For the first time, the world’s largest conference on HIV and AIDS will be hosted in person in Montreal, Canada, as well as virtually, to make it accessible to as many people as possible. Founded in 1988, the IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members in …

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“Upon Her Shoulders: Southeastern Native Women Share Their Stories of Justice, Spirit, and Community.”

Join editors Mary Ann Jacobs, Cherry Maynor Beasley, and Ulrike Wiethaus for a virtual conversation on their recently released book “Upon Her Shoulders: Southeastern Native Women Share Their Stories of Justice, Spirit, and Community.” The book documents the autobiographical stories and poems of Southeastern American Indian women whose hard work and daily fight to keep their communities well and safe …

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LGBTQ+ 55+ Community News

Generation Plus, a program of Blue Ridge Pride, believes in sharing information with our regional community. Below are some updates on topics that affect our LGBTQ+ 55+ population. Livable Appalachia Summit: Access to Healthcare in Rural Areas. Thursday, August 4, 2:00-3:30, Register here: https://aarp.cventevents.com/d/kkq6px/. Many 50+ adults struggle to access the affordable, quality health coverage and care they need. AARP …

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Monkeypox Facts

Monkeypox, is circulating throughout countries across the globe and has been identified in North Carolina, including WNC. It is essential that residents know the signs and symptoms of monkeypox and practice general public health guidance and social etiquette if symptomatic. Monkeypox Facts Monkeypox is an infection that causes sickness including a rash or sores, often with an earlier flu-like illness. …

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Haywood Art Council’s first Pride evevnt

Haywood County Arts Council hosted their ‘Meet the Makers’, part of their first Pride month event. Blue Ridge Pride Center supported, in part, the event through our Community Partner Fund. Working with such groups allows us to help in a small way but more importantly it provides us an opportunity to share our mission and vision for the WNC region. …

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Are you interested in staying in your home & community as you age?

Are you interested in staying in your home & community as you age? Community Assessment for an Aging in Place Program – a new project being led by the Jewish Family Services of WNC Jewish Family Services of WNC is excited to share that we are conducting an Aging in Place Community Assessment, with the goal of providing data and …

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June Gayby-Sitters Club meetup

Announcing the June Gayby-Sitters Club meetup- Pride party edition! 🌈🎉 Y’all means all in this group.☺️ This is a free monthly meetup social group for Asheville queer, trans, gender non-confirming, and questioning parents of kiddos from pregnancy to beginning school age. We aim to help folks find community throughout the young years of their littles and through pregnancy/gestation as well. This is a …

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50% of all respondents in all categories of gender identity and sexual orientation have suffered sexual harassment online.

Sharing this information for our community https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/lgbtq-guide-online-safety/ Finding Community Online  Navigating a heterosexual and cisgender society can be difficult for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Alienated from their family, condemned by their community, and isolated from their friends, many LGBTQ+ people turn to the internet for solidarity. With just the click of a button, they can escape their physical surroundings and …

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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