LGBT Service Organization Honors DHS, Board on Aging

May 20, 2013

Representatives of DHS and the Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) recently accepted an award honoring the organizations’ inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults in program planning and services. Training to Serve presented the 2013 John Yoakam Award for Service at its benefit May 16 at the Doubletree Park Place in Minneapolis. The organization helps Minnesota aging service providers with education and tools to help them meet the needs of LBGT individuals as they age.

The award recognizes the efforts DHS and the Board on Aging have made in recent years to support increased access to services for LGBT older adults, to train service providers on the needs of LGBT individuals and to seek LGBT input on important aging initiatives.

More information is in a news release about the award.

Photo Training To Serve Awarding of the 2013 John Yoakum Award for Service. Left to right, Jane Danner (Training To Serve Board Member), Sylvia Garcia (MN Board on Aging Board member), Gregory Gray (DHS Chief Compliance Officer) on behalf of Lucinda Jesson (DHS Commissioner), Mary Jane Thompson (MN Board on Aging Board Member), and Cathy Croghan (Training To Serve Board Chair)


Receiving the award May 16 were MBA member Sylvia Garcia, second from left; DHS Chief Compliance Officer Gregory Gray, on behalf of Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, center; and MBA member Mary Jane Thompson, second from right. They are flanked by Jane Danner, left, of Volunteers of America; and Cathy Croghan, right, board chair of Training to Serve.

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