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.

Print the Monthly Calendar of Events here.

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.

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.

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.

Featured Events


Homeownership, Reverse Mortgages and Foreclosure

This discussion focuses on home ownership in the aging LGBT community and preserving the asset for the benefit of the senior during their lifetime. Presented by K. Scott Kohanowski, Director of Foreclosure Prevention & LGBT Advocacy Projects at City Bar Justice Center. Call GRIOT to RSVP. 1-3 pm.


Thanksgiving Dinner

Join us for a Thanksgiving to celebrate our community, GRIOT members, and supporters. This event is open to all. Call GRIOT to RSVP or let us if you're bringing a guest or a food dish.
YMCA 30 3rd Ave.

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