Join us Monday, as we talk with transgender activist Deja Lynn Alvarez, who has a long history of representing and serving trans communities in Philadelphia.
Alvarez volunteers in leadership capacities for several local organizations, including: the Mayor Kenney’s Commission of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs, William Way Community Center, Philly Women’s Rally, and the Liberty City Democrats. Ms. Alvarez also serves as a member of the Philadelphia Police Advisory committee, the Pennsylvania HIV planning committee, co-chair of the the annual Trans March in Philadelphia, and chair of the annual Philadelphia Trans Day of Remembrance.
She is a group facilitator at The Philadelphia AIDS Consortiums’ Transformation Group and has facilitated groups at the Morris Home, the first trans-specific recovery home in the United States. Ms. Alvarez is the co-founder and former executive director of the LGBTQ Home for Hope where she was able to get the first LGBTQ specific shelter/recovery program in the city up and running.
She is one of the founding members of the Trans Wellness Program at Mazzoni Center, a co-founder and former facilitator of Sisterly Love (a Trans support and skill-building program by and for transgender women), and a former coordinator for the Trans Information Project of GALAEI. Professionally, she currently works as a system navigator for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Health.
This Thursday, our guest is Barbara Siso, who is a Registered Nurse and Certified Tobacco Dependency Treatment Counselor at Riddle Hospital, Main Line Health.
Main Line Health’s evidence-based Tobacco Dependency Treatment Program is FREE. Programs are offered virtually (Zoom) in either a six week group or six to twelve week individual setting. Sessions will include, identifying strategies to promote non-tobacco, developing stress management skills, and restructuring thinking to build confidence and prevent relapse. FREE Nicotine replacement products (transdermal patch, gum and lozenge) are available unless contraindicated.
The state has awarded $400,000 in CARES Emergency Solution Grant money to partnership between the William Way Center and SELF Inc., a 501 (c) (3 ) that provides emergency and permanent supportive housing, housing-focused case management, mentoring, and other vital services and resources for Philadelphia's most resilient communities.
Together they will work to provide greater access to homeless services to members of the LGBTQ community who may not have access to the assistance they need.
This is an exciting new partnership, especially at a time when resources and essential services are in heavy demand.
We’ll keep you posted as more details become available.
There’s a press release from the City’s Office of Homeless Services here:
TransWay is a diverse weekly social group for the transgender and gender nonconforming community, providing a space where what is often a disenfranchised and marginalized segment of the community can find commonality and support. Transway meets via Zoom every Thursday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.