New Program Launch

Blue Ridge Pride is excited to announce our newest program, Generation Plus. Generation Plus (GP) seeks to enrich the lives of LGBTQIA+ and allied community adults in Western North Carolina who are living life’s third act, the years beyond fifty. With aging in rural LGBTQIA+ communities posing unique opportunities and challenges, GP seeks to leverage the power of community by connecting community members and area service partners.

New Monthly Series Online

Generation Plus is hosting a monthly series of virtual events that address issues and topics of current interest to an aging population.

DateTopicDescription
Oct 7What are we voting for?When we vote for candidates, we vote on issues. Join representatives from Land of Sky Regional Council, Buncombe County Council on Aging, Equality North Carolina and Human Rights Campaign for a discussion about the issues of relevance in the coming election.
Nov 4Caring Community ConnectionsThere are multiple thriving social groups in our community. Is there a group that will meet you needs? And how things have changed with Covid-9. Join us to learn more about building a supportive community
Dec 2Staying upbeat in a Virtual WinterLet’s navigate the potential winter blues together. Shorter days and longer nights that come with winter can close us in and increase feeling of disconnection.
Jan 6Planting Seeds: Share Your Intentions for 2021Let your colors shine in 2021. Let’s plant the seeds for your intentions and share purpose and hope.
Feb 3Matters of the Heart 
Register in advance for this meeting: Registration Link
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope that these events will provide an opportunity for our WNC community to learn, raise questions, and give input to the program. The purpose of our first meeting will be to meet the organizers, to meet each other, and to learn more about available local support services. Future meetings will cover topics such as cutting out the confusion of the voting process, dating and isolation, health topics, COVID-19, and more.

Building on Rich Network and Legacy

Generation Plus builds on a legacy created by the WNC LGBTQ Elders and Land of Sky. In July, the WNC LGBTQ Elders Board of Directors voted to merge the organization into Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc. We are pleased to welcome their leadership team and to help advance their great work.

Generation Plus also builds on a rich network of WNC partners. We are fortunate to have the AARP, Land of Sky, Council on Aging, and other partners join us in this exciting program. We believe that our community is strongest when we stand together.

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

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Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | [email protected] or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  
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