The newly appointed coordinator of the LGBT Senior Peer Counseling Program at Peninsula Family Services in San Mateo County is expanding the free program geared toward helping adults 55 and above. Visit www.peninsulafamilyservice.org for more info.
How important are these county service to LGBTQ baby boomers? What we find with the LGBTQ community in San Mateo county is that they’re largely growing and they’re becoming much more visible because of the baby boomer generation. So we’re finding now that we have a larger need for programs and services for a specific age group.
What’s the program’s goal? The program has been around for a couple years, but we’re trying to restart it by doing a lot outreach. We want to let the community know that we’re here. What happens a lot is people in this area go to San Jose or San Francisco because they are unaware of the services in this county.
So how does this program work? The senior peer-counseling program is a volunteer service. Volunteers go through a nine-week training process and, after that, we connect them with someone who is seeking help.