Dallas, TX – Ministry with the Aging Inc. has donated a total of $80,000 to organizations in the LGBT community providing programming and services for older LGBT people. The ministry recently presented a check for $30,000 to the Coalition for Aging LGBT and a check for $50,000 to Resource Center. The donations came from proceeds from the sale of Cathedral Gardens Apartments in East Dallas.

Coalition for Aging recently published its North Texas LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Guide rating senior living properties on their LGBT inclusiveness in everything from employment policies to marketing to competency training. The guide, published for the first time in 2018, includes information on 17 properties spread out over four counties in North Texas. Brian Price, who headed the project, wants to include additional properties in the 2019 guide while continuing to monitor the facilities included in 2018. Because part of the rating includes on-going LGBT-inclusive competency training and programming, expanding those services will cost money. That’s where the Ministry with the Aging’s donation comes in.

Coalition founder Cannon Flowers said the project currently is running on 40 volunteers. With the recent donation, he said, “we can bring on a person part-time to manage scoring, the assessment process including HR forms and records and training staff.”

The donation to Resource Center targeted its Grey Pride organization, and Resource Center CEO Cece Cox said the funds will be used to fund Grey Pride, which “doesn’t get any government funding.” She said the money will go toward events, information and community building activities that wouldn’t have happened without the generous donation. (Dallas Voice – David Taffet at https://www.dallasvoice.com/episcopal-ministry-donates-80k-to-lgbt-organizations/)