UPDATE FROM HUDSON PRIDE CENTER

 

 

Dear community members,

 

Given the growth of the health crisis of COVID-19/Coronavirus, Hudson Pride Center has had to make new decisions on how we can most effectively continue to serve our community members during this difficult time.

 

As we continue to balance the needs of our community (social and emotional support, connection to care, and resources) with the realities of preventing the transmission of COVID-19/Coronavirus, we are certain that our decisions will protect the safety and well-being to those effected by the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Until further notice, Hudson Pride Center will continue to suspend all in person drop-in hours, support groups, and events as directed by the CDC and state guidelines.

 

Please be assured, we are not leaving you. However, the way we will continue to provide services will look different.

 

We will continue to provide services remotely during our regular hours of operation (12pm-8pm) Monday – Friday, in the following ways:

 

    • YouthConnect – Our LGBTQ+ safe space community for youth & young adults (13-24) will be meeting Virtually Every Friday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM via Zoom! *New members are welcome!
      • Email Mercy at mercy@hudsonpride.org or send us a DM at YC’s IG: youthconnect_hpc for more information on how to join.

 

    • SAGE – Our social networking group for LGBTQ+ people 50+ years of age will continue to provide workshops, community discussions, access to important resources and referrals regarding healthcare, Virtually via Zoom Every Tuesday’s 6pm and Thursdays at 5pm.

 

    • PrEP Services – Our PrEP counselors will continue to provide adherence counseling, linkage to PrEP providers, follow-ups, referrals, and prescription navigation via phone/zoom for new and established clients. Contact Max, Joseph, or Elvis for more information:

 

    • HIV Services – Our Client Service Counselors will continue to help individuals who are recently diagnosed with HIV or aren’t in HIV care navigate the resources available to them. Through the Ryan White continuum of care we are able to link clients to housing or rental assistance, mental health and/or substance abuse resources, and food banks or other nutritional assistance. For more information, contact our Client Service Counselors Max and Joseph at:

 

    • HRT Services – We continue to have social workers on staff available by phone or zoom, to assist transgender, gender non-conforming, and questioning individuals navigate the healthcare options available to them in relation to their gender identity or otherwise. For individuals looking for gender affirming medical procedures, Hudson Pride Center keeps a running list of LGBTQ+ affirming providers both in and surrounding Hudson County. The staff are equipped to help navigate the letter of support/referral letter process should it be required by the individuals insurance.
      • For any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Max at max@hudsonpride.org or by phone 201-963-4779 x 1121

 

    • Mental Health Pride – Our Mental Health Pride Program will continue to cover therapy sessions for LGBTQ+ youth who are currently uninsured and/or on Medicaid.
      • Anyone interested in registering for our program can contact Mercy at mercy@hudsonpride.org for more information.

 

How you can reach Hudson Pride Center:

    • Call us at 201-963-4779 and leave a message and we will call you back as quickly as possible.
    • Email us at info@hudsonpride.org and your message will be forwarded to the right person.
    • Message us on Facebook: Hudson Pride Center or Instagram: @hudsonpridecenter, which we will be checking regularly.

 

The skills to respond to a health crisis are a part of our history and present. LGBTQ+ people came together during the outbreak of HIV/AIDS, educating one another, caring for one another, and providing for each other’s needs. We continue to come together in this way to meet each other’s needs when larger systems fail us.
 

We will continue to use digital forms of communication to make sure we all stay connected and will reach out to the most isolated and vulnerable members of our community.
 

Hudson Pride Center is here to ensure that the people in our community have access to us, other necessities, social connection, mental health support, overall health support/referrals, and safety planning. Hudson Pride Center staff and volunteers will continue mobilizing to fill the gaps as other organizations suspend services, as people are quarantined, and as in-person services are reduced.
 

We are not leaving you, and you are not alone.
 

With Love & Pride
 

Elizabeth Schedl
Chief Operations Officer
201-963-4779 ex 1110
elizabeth@hudsonpride.org
Thank you to our supporters and donors.

 

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Hudson Pride Center Board of Directors
Obsetee Korme – Board Chair
Neil Abadie – Board Secretary
Courtney Sloane – Board member
Stacy Gemma – Board member
Leslie Scott Seale – Board member