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March 25
Wilder Foundation Recognized for Service to LGBT Elders

The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is pleased to receive the 2014 John Yoakam Award from Training to Serve in recognition of the Foundation's service to LGBT elders.

Training to Serve established the Yoakam Award to annually honor a Minnesota organization that strives to provide an environment where compassionate care for LGBT older adults can flourish. The Award is named in memory of John Yoakam, an advocate for aging within the Twin Cities LGBT community.

​“Throughout 2013, the Wilder Foundation fostered and promoted lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) sensitivity training as important educational programming for their aging services partners,” said Training to Serve Board Chair Rebecca Heltzer. She added, "Besides offering Training to Serve training sessions to these partners, the Wilder Foundation will also help them develop sustainability measures for awareness and sensitivity of LGBT aging. All of this work furthers the Training to Serve vision of safe, welcoming, and supportive services for LGBT older adults.”

The Award will be presented to Wilder staff at the Training to Serve Benefit on Thursday, May 1 at the Gale Mansion in Minneapolis. Learn more about the benefit and the work of Training to Serve at


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