Delaware Community Set to Become First Senior Living Community in Delaware to Achieve LGBT+ Cultural Competency Certification – MENAFN.COM

(MENAFN – GetNews)The Lodge at Truitt Homestead is on its way to becoming Platinum certified by SAGECare, an LGBT+ senior advocacy group and part of the nation’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT+ older adults.

The Lodge at Truitt Homestead, Coastal Delaware’s premier senior lifestyle community, is proud to announce it is working toward SAGECare credentialing. This credential will recognize The Lodge’s engagement in cultural competency staff training and commitment to serving the LGBT+ community. SAGECare provides advocacy and services to LGBT+ elders and is a division of SAGE, the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT+ older adults.

Management at the community and corporate level recently took the first step toward becoming SAGECare certified by attending online and virtual cultural competency training, provided by one of SAGECare’s expert trainers. Once staff has completed the training, slated to be completed by the end of June, The Lodge at Truitt Homestead team looks forward to celebrating the highest SAGECare credential, Platinum. At the time of this release, no other senior living community in the entire state of Delaware or the Eastern Shore of Maryland has earned this designation.

”Rehoboth Beach, and the greater region are so inclusive and really celebrate and embrace diversity in so many ways, especially the LGBT+ community. The Lodge at Truitt Homestead strives to embody that inclusive spirit as well,” says Kate Sammler, vice president of sales and marketing at Vantage Point Retirement Living, owners and managers of The Lodge. ”The SAGECare credential will clearly show the efforts we put forth daily to celebrate the uniqueness of every person who lives, works, and plays at The Lodge. It’s not enough to simply ‘talk the talk.’ By moving toward this certification, we’ll be ‘walking the walk’ and embodying our values of inclusion, diversity, and respect,” she continued.

According to SAGECare, ”due to a lifetime of discrimination, LGBT older adults are more likely to hide who they are because they are afraid of mistreatment and isolation. It shouldn’t be this way.” And The Lodge agrees… so it’s fitting that the community is finishing up the certification process during Pride month, a time to promote equality, celebrate culture, uplift voices, and champion for LGBT+ rights.

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To that effect, The Lodge is also hosting a Summer Solstice event on June 26th from 6-9PM to celebrate Pride month in style and raise money to benefit CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Tickets are $50 and registration is open until June 18th. ”It will be a great event with an open bar, hors d’euvres, silent auction, and 50/50 raffle that will really celebrate and honor our LGBT+ community within The Lodge and greater community. The icing on the cake will be to also celebrate earning our SAGECare Platinum credential,” says Cheryl Evans, executive director at The Lodge.

She continues, ”We want anyone who walks through the doors of The Lodge to feel seen, heard, and celebrated. This certification is a small step in a broader journey we look forward to taking. In addition to the LGBT+ cultural competency training, The Lodge will routinely expand is inclusivity and diversity programs so anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or orientation will feel safe and comfortable making The Lodge their home.”

For more information on The Lodge at Truitt Homestead and our efforts toward creating inclusive and diverse communities, please visit or call 302-232-6372. The community is located at 36233 Farm Lane, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.

For more information or to register for The Lodge’s Summer Solstice event, visit


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