BayPath serves the following communities:
Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Natick,
Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, and Westborough.
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.’s mission is to be a trusted partner in providing an array of services and programs to older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities to support their independence and dignity.
As part of that mission, BayPath strives to provide the very best information, resources and supports to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) older adults and their allies living in MetroWest.
In 2017, BayPath received a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation to help build a sustainable relationship with the MetroWest LGBT older adult community in order to improve access to LGBT inclusive and informed health, mental health, and other information, resources, and services.
The resulting LGBT Initiative seeks to provide outreach to LGBT older adults, families and caregivers, community agencies, allies, businesses and individuals in order to establish BayPath as an LGBT informed and inclusive place to find support, information and resources for health and well-being.
BayPath is also developing a resource guide of LGBT inclusive resources (health care providers, vendors, community agencies and businesses) and contact information of local, state, and government agencies where LGBT elders can seek professional advice, obtain resources and build new relationships with health care, mental healthcare, and other professionals in MetroWest rather than having to go to Worcester or Boston to receive LGBT competent care.
The initiative will also train BayPath staff, local Councils on Aging, Senior Centers, and the wider community on LGBT older adult issues in order to improve LGBT competency.
BayPath is pleased to offer that 90-minute training opportunity for the MetroWest area on the issue of LGBT Elders Cultural Competency to help better serve these all-too-often hidden individuals in our communities. The LGBT Initiative is currently conducting trainings for the BayPath staff, but will soon be setting up trainings for organizations, businesses and community groups throughout our coverage area.
This training will provide employees, volunteers, and community professionals with tools to work with the growing numbers of LGBT older adults. Any and all questions are welcomed by our trainers, in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Please contact BayPath's LGBT Initiative team to learn more about our program, fees, and to schedule your training date.
BayPath has also formed a LGBT Advisory Committee featuring not only staff members, but key stakeholders from the community. The advisory group includes members of BayPath's Board of Directors, local business owners, staff from other social service agencies in MetroWest, area Council on Aging staff, community members and representatives from Framingham State University.
Aging and the LGBT Community
LGBT seniors face the typical challenges of aging; however, because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity they are at higher risk for abuse, isolation, discrimination and exploitation.
Fearful of mistreatment, LGBT seniors are five times less likely to access services than non-LGBT seniors. Moreover, many of these LGBT seniors are estranged from their family of origin, and do not have children, so they are facing the challenges of aging without supports that many people take for granted.
BayPath's LGBT Initiative has staff available to answer questions, provide information and referrals, and offer programs and events to LGBT older adults, their family members, and local professionals in MetroWest.
BayPath LGBT Coordinator Julie Nowak can be reached on a confidential phone line at 508-573-7288, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pride Across Generations Banquet
BayPath Elder Services and Framingham State hosted the second annual joint LGBT Inter-generational Banquet on FSU's campus on October 11, 2018.
Featured speakers in this year's program included State Representative, Kate Hogan (shown at podium); Director of Community Partnerships for Seniors Helping Seniors Greater Boston and MetroWest - Doug Peck; Executive Director of MA LGBT Chamber of Commerce - Grace Moreno and Graduating Senior of FSU - Jace Williams.
The speakers talked about challenges faced by LGBTQ+ people in the workplace and went on to present their creative solutions. Companies and communities that welcome a professional LGBTQ+ presence were recognized.
This program began in 2017 and had received such a positive response that it will be held annually.