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July 29th


Have you gotten a break from the heat?

Hey there,
Here in the Coachella Valley we’re used to things slowing down as the temperatures rise. Less people visit, more locals travel; there’s a rhythm to the year, a predictability that we’re used to and take comfort from. But this year isn’t like any other: the heat is on, but the beat is off.
How do we maintain our rhythm during these trying times? Turns out maintaining a daily routine can be a stress and sanity-saver. It not only provides a feeling of control in our life but is calming and relieves stress. An efficient routine also frees up time for the things we love, things that nurture and re-balance us. We're curious if you've switched up your routine recently:
Have you traveled out of town for a day trip or vacation?
Getting our groove back means hanging onto the things that work for us, whether it’s a book, a walk, a wellness class, a chat with friends and family, or travel.
Last week we asked did you felt hopeful for the future? Here are your responses:
Yes - 77%
No - 23%
While the majority of us do remain hopeful, it's clear some of us are finding it a struggle during these difficult times. For those of you experiencing difficulty why not join in our Social Caring and Managing Emotions During a Pandemic Zoom conversations each Monday and Tuesday? These meetings provide a safe space to express your feelings and provide support in community that you're not going through these emotions alone.
As always we appreciate your participation in our weekly polls! If you're interested in specific poll questions, send us a message at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can chat.
Letter from a Director
For the month of July, we'll be sharing a letter from each of The Center's Department Heads.
This summer feels like summers used to feel when I was growing up --- when the days were slow and long and you could ride your bike late into the evening. When your skin felt hot and tight from a day at the pool in the sun. I was an only child so summer was always more isolating. In the 70’s it was still expensive to make long distance phone calls so we wrote to each other if we weren’t close enough to ride bikes to each other’s homes. I had time on my hands. I had time to swim, listen to music and memorize the lyrics to every song.
As an adult, I have realized, it is loss which teaches us the worth of things. I, and our community, learned that early on during the AIDS pandemic - when time also felt like it was in slow motion. As a young lesbian in 1980’s San Francisco, it dawned on me that no one was going to help us – that WE were the people we were waiting for. That is why I continue to be inspired by you, our very vibrant community. We ARE the people we have been waiting for.
The Center and you have helped me settle into this new slow summer/pandemic time zone. Every day I call a few of you and that brings me joy. I’m so grateful to all the “helpers” of our community. I feel like I have the best job in the world because I get to work with the people who want to and have the resources to help by volunteering and donating – many of you – and I then bear witness to my colleagues, who work with the people who need help – also, many of you.
Wherever you are on this time continuum – know that we are grateful for you and we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out! We are here for you.
Debra Pollock (she, her, hers)
Director of Development
Upcoming @ The Center
Eisenhower Health @ Home
A new series of Eisenhower Health @ Home continues! Check out the topics for the month of August below, and join us most Wednesdays on Zoom. Zoom Meeting ID for all Eisenhower Health @ Home sessions is: 975 8966 4971
August lectures
Communication Challenges when wearing Face Masks
Understanding the basics of Diabetes, Nutrition, and Common Myths
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Opiates, Pain, and Addiction
More Online Programs
In need of connection? Join us Monday through Friday online in our Zoom Meetings (Installation instructions here) .
New & Featured
Starting soon
This closed group meets for 12 weekly sessions, starting Aug 5th, facilitated by Clay Sterzik, AMFT.
The intention of this group is to provide a safe space and support for processing of unresolved losses, strengthening resilience, ending isolation and loneliness, and developing strategies for aging well with HIV.
To register or for additional information please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
CoDA Weekly Zoom meetings
This is a Twelve Step Fellowship of people whose common purpose is recovery from co-dependence and the development and maintenance of HEALTHY RELATIONS.
The meetings, led by Rick Hess, take place on Zoom. Call Rick for more information - 707-499-2444 or email @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Community Food Bank @ The Center
The Community Food Bank @ The Center located at 610 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs is open for distribution every Thursday from 5PM - 7PM.
Click here for donation needs & guidelines . Please note: Summer Hours for Food Bank donation drop-offs is now on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to Noon.
Take Action
Get Tested for COVID-19
You can now schedule an appointment online to get tested for COVID-19 through Riverside County. Click here for testing locations in the Coachella Valley. Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status or insurance.
Introducing The Legacy Circle
It only takes a few of us to write our history - but it takes all of us to create our future. The Legacy Circle honors those who have named The Center in their Estate Plans, ensuring that The Center will develop and evolve with the needs of future generations to come.
If you have included The Center in your charitable estate plans, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so you can join our founding Legacy Circle members.
Need a hug?
In collaboration with Destination PSP, you can give virtual hugs to your loved ones with these shirts and hats. Proceeds benefit The Center, whose mission is creating vibrant community by helping LGBTQ people along their way and offers essential services, including the Community Food Bank and Behavioral Health Clinic @ The Center.
Community Events
PALS CAFÉ is a virtual meeting place hosted by PALS ( P lanning A head for L GBTQ+ S eniors), where you can enjoy friendly conversation and insight.
This weeks discussion topic: Best Vacation Ever?
July 29th 4pm - 5pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 81710712928
Meeting Password: PALS Cafe
PALS Death Cafe is a virtual meeting place for open conversation about death and dying. It is not a counseling or bereavement group. Bring your curiosity and questions for some interesting, enjoyable and thought-provoking discussion.
August 6th 2pm - 3pm
Attendance is limited so please register by sending an email to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Identifying and Combating Racism: Tools to Fortify the Mind, Body and Spirit
From our friends at The L-Fund, these programs are specifically geared to lesbians and trans women in support of a anti-racist lens and practice. There are still a couple programs with openings. Check them out here.
Workshop on California LGBTQ Employment Rights -- in English & Spanish
The ACLUs of California, the Impact Fund, California Rural Legal Assistance, and Legal Aid at Work invite you to a free work shop on California LGBTQ Employment Rights, to catch up on recent Supreme Court decisions potentially impacting LGBTQ workers, and covering legal protections on:
  • LGBTQ discrimination and harassment
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Wages, meal and rest breaks
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Paid sick and family leave
  • Disability & lactation accommodations
  • Resources and places to turn if you experience a legal problem at work.
  • (TODAY) Wednesday, July 29, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 1, 10-11:30 a.m.
The sessions will happen online over Zoom.
If you have any questions, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Your Feel Good Story of the Week
The saying “storms make trees take deeper roots” is definitely true of some of our local businesses and Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge in particular. As restaurants have struggled during this COVID-19 pandemic, owners Willie Rhine and John Paschal not only transformed their business into a wholly outdoors, al-fresco model (to satisfy state rules for safe dining), but they’ve also been consistently giving back to our community.
In partnership with the Riverside County's Great Plates program, part of the CARES Act, Eight4Nine’s incredible staff provide 80 seniors with 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. And with the help of local residents David Hood and George Sellers, Willie’s team have been delivering a weekly lunch to the staff at Eisenhower Health’s COVID-19 testing site in nearby Rancho Mirage.
Of their work, Willie says, “We get to help the community and keep our staff working and paid. It’s a win-win for all concerned.” Thanks to everyone involved, you are part of the spirit which makes the Coachella Valley the special place it is.
If you have a feel good story about a local business or know of anyone deserving of a shout out, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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