Monthly Calendar of Activities

To join or for more information, contact us at 718-246-2775.

All classes are free unless noted and open to LGBTQ elders and elder allies 50 and over.

Each class offers a wonderful experience of learning and a great way to meet new people.

Programs and Services

Health and Wellness

At GRIOT, the health and wellness of our members is a top priority. We have a number of resources available to help members build important skills and knowledge to stay happy and healthy.

Leadership Opportunities

Leadership and volunteer opportunities help members build a sense of community, while providing them with ways to give back. Learn more about how you can get involved.

Member Programs

GRIOT Members are eligible for all of our services and programs including case management, Buddy 2 Buddy Peer Caregiver Program, and Congregate Meal Lunch Program.

Health and Wellness

Activities and educational opportunities are provided on a daily basis in order to build upon the skills, knowledge, and unique abilities of the members. Some programs are provided through a partnership with SAGE.


Core psycho/educational and recreational programs include the “Men over 50 HIV Support Group,” “Women’s Support Group,” a wood carving class, a book club, computer skills classes, nutritional education, health management, tai-chi, self-defense classes, cultural outings, and social activities.


Leadership & Volunteer Opportunities

GRIOT Circle places great emphasis on providing members with opportunities where they can grow as individuals and help shape the vision of the organization.

Leadership development and volunteer opportunities assist members connect their sense of identity to the mission and collective identity of the organization as well as shape personal strategies for managing their roles as volunteer leaders

Additional Member Programs and Services

Case Management

Members are provided with an array of appropriate supportive services interventions, advocacy, referrals, information, and assistance with benefits and entitlements. The case manager creates an individualized plan of service that meets the member’s needs and links them to services in the community so that they remain healthy and independent. This service is provided by SAGE.

Buddy 2 Buddy Peer Caregiver Program

Volunteers of the Buddy-2-Buddy program, who are also members, provide one another with an array of services that include but are not limited to, hospital and home visits, escort services, telephone reassurance, assistance with cleaning, shopping, as well as engaging in social outings. The goal of the program is to decrease isolation and depression as well as act as a deterrent to (re)institutionalizations.

Congregate Meal Lunch Program

A healthy RDA approved hot lunch time meal is provided on site to the members on a daily basis, Monday – Friday. The lunch is free of charge and helps seniors prioritize their fixed income budget and meet their nutritional needs. This program is funded by the New York City Department of Aging

Featured Events


GRIOT Circle's Annual  23rd Anniversary Celebration & Benefit

                             Monday, October 7th, 2019 • 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
                              BRIC, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn

In the spirit of our founders, we will honor three visionaries who have given visibility and leadership to our communities through their work, words, and actions.

Enjoy music, food and drinks, a silent auction and most importantly the coming together of community.


Save the Date

GRIOT'S Fall Dance


Join us as we dance the night away. A fun filled night with food, music and community. Stay tune for more information. 

Details to come


Contact Us
25 Flatbush Avenue, 5th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (718) 246-2775    Email: