A virtual drop-in center will be created using a system of telephone connections at scheduled times twice a month.

After signing up, participants will receive a call and be invited to chat with others about news, events, information, resources, and topics of local interest.

SAGE Maine volunteer Paul Howe (left) recently accepted a donation from Julia Fitz-Randolph of the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (MUUF) to support the Damariscotta Drop-in center which meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 pm at Spectrum Generations, 521 Main Street. SAGE Maine is one of the local non-profits chosen by the Fellowship to receive one of the monthly Share the Plate collections. SAGE improves the quality of lives for older LGBT adults through advocacy, education, and social support.

An experienced moderator from SAGE Maine will be on each call to provide basic ground rules of respect and confidentiality as well as to connect individuals with helpful resources and to provide information relevant to older LGBT Mainers.

How does it work?

You give SAGE Maine your phone number and name; we will phone you to arrange a convenient time for the telephone call (land-lines work better than cell phones). When we have a few others who want to chat at the same day and time, we will let you know. On the designated day and time, your phone will ring. If you want to chat, you will press 1 and then you will be connected to the chat. If you miss the call or want to call in from another phone, there is a toll-free number that you can call to join the chat. Each chat lasts about 1 hour.

What's involved?

There is no cost for this service and, unless there is a charge for incoming calls, the phone call is toll-free. There are no code numbers to remember. Participants are asked to commit to two months (4 calls) in order to provide group solidarity. Membership in SAGE Maine is not required. The outgoing calls to registrants will begin in March and April, with groups and times forming as participants register.