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Alcohol and Substance Abuse Group: This group provides a safe space for club members who want to remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol, or trying to scale back from compulsive self-destructive behaviors. We share our experiences, strengths and hopes related to addiction, so members can identify with mutual feelings and receive support for channelling those feelings in healthy, safe ways. We offer suggestions to help members accomplish their individual goals. This forum is structured with group agreements. All are welcome!
Art In Action: Together, we utilize, share, and learn from all of our cumulative artistic talents. We aim to find, within ourselves, the power and inner peace of expressing ourselves through artwork. All welcome. Join us!
In Community Meeting, we come together weekly to make our club better. It is our weekly forum to be together, celebrate our accomplishments, inform one another about upcoming events, and and respond to the challenges and opportunities that arise in our community. Please join the discussion and let you voice be heard. All welcome.
Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) meets once a month. It is a forum to deal with more in-depth club issues and report to management about the club is working (or not working!) for you.
Fun Committee: At Fun Committee, we plan fabulous recreational activities for the club, including parties, events, and an annual talent show. All club members are welcome. Come join the FUN!
Games Night: Prizes! Tournaments! Friends! On Thursdays, we come together to play Bingo, pool, Spades and other card games. Are you skilled enough to win the tournament? Join us for some serious fun! All welcome.
Gay Men’s Group: This forum provides support for self-help, self-management, and self-development for gay men coping with life’s strains. All gay men at Rainbow Heights Club are welcome.
Healing Arts: Healing Arts welcomes all members, regardless of skill or previous experience. Explore various mediums like chalk and oil pastels, paint, collage and sculpture materials. Come express yourself and have fun!
Guest Speaker: Join us to hear guest speakers from a variety of partner organizations from around the city let us know about resources and services that can help improve our lives. All welcome.
Improv Comedy: Come learn the Art and Philosophy of Improvisational Comedy! Improvisation Comedy does not require previous experience performing or acting and does not require one to be “naturally funny”. All that is necessary is an openness to new experiences and a willingness to have fun. The group is open to all Rainbow Heights Club Members.
“Let’s Talk About Sex": This support group is an opportunity to discuss issues that affect our sexual relationships and sexual lives in a nonjudgmental environment. Past topics have included: intimacy, desire, sexual practices, risk behaviors, protecting our health, and factors that promote and inhibit sex. All welcome.
Lesbian Group: Join our discussion forum for women who love women. This group provides a safe, separate space for the exploration of issues and concerns specific to the lives of lesbians. It is a space for members to share information and provide support to one another in a comfortable safe environment. All lesbians at Rainbow Heights Club welcome.
Life Skills Discussion: This forum helps members be mindful of their mental health and wellness. We discuss daily self-maintenance and being proactive around our mental health in order to avoid negative mental health episodes. The group is also a chance to empower ourselves by developing a Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), a self-care document we prepare prior to a critical mental health crisis to inform our loved one and care providers about our wishes in the event of a crisis. All welcome.
Men’s Group: Men’s Group is a safe place for men to get support around stigma and coping with mental illness and fears that stem from stereotypes. This forum is an opportunity to share experiences, as well as receive advice from one another. This group helps men develop self-empowerment through the sharing of our strengths and perseverance. All men welcome.
Movie Night: The Movie Night Group brings club members together for movie viewing, discussion, and socialization. We watch a wide variety of genres, with a focus on LGBT-affirming films. We’ll bring the popcorn! Movie suggestions welcome! Talk to Maurice or leave your picks in the movie suggestion box in the Art Room. All members welcome.
News You Can Use: In this group, we will draw from various media (like newspapers, film, radio, internet, music, and more) to discuss current events related to mental health, LGBT experiences, housing, and ANY issues that interest us! We will explore WHO decides the news, WHY issues are represented the way they are, and WHAT WE WANT the news to say. Maybe we will CREATE OUR OWN news sources! Maybe we will take action around issues that are important to us! It’s ALL UP TO YOU… There are MANY WAYS TO USE THE NEWS! All welcome.
The Rainbow Moonlight Karaoke Lounge: Friday nights at The Lounge is an expressive outlet where we break into song in a relaxed, fun, and nonjudgmental environment. Let your heart sing with us! All welcome.
Relapse Prevention: In this group, members learn what alcohol and drug relapse is, understand the relapse process, identify their personal warning signs, and learn how to manage the warning signs once they occur to avoid a relapse. Join us to develop a verbal recovery plan and learn to manage warning signs so you can interrupt the course of relapse. All welcome.
Spirituality Group: No matter what your religious or spiritual outlook might be; whether you come from a religious background, have your own definition of spirituality, or are just interested in learning more; come join this safe space to talk about our experiences of religion and spirituality. We give each person plenty of room to have their own experiences and understandings of the spiritual life. Come share how religion and spirituality have informed your development as an LGBT person, and how they have shaped the arc of your recovery.
“Say What You See”: Anthony Viti invites you to “say what you see” in his visual thinking workshop. We will look together at art to sharpen our observation skills in a non-judgmental environment. Come join the discussion! All welcome!
Stress Busters: This group is to help people explore the role that stress plays in our lives, discuss ways to avoid unnecessary stress, and to develop and share techniques for handling stress in situations where stress is unavoidable. All welcome.
Thoughts & Feelings: A connection exists between our thoughts and feelings and the behaviors, impulses, and emotions that can lead to positive outcomes OR problems for ourselves and others. Join us to talk about this connection and how we can make great choices. All welcome.
Too Much: This group is to help people share strategies for managing excessive behaviors: addictions, obsessions, distractions, or any behavior or activity that gets in the way of meeting our goals or makes it hard for us to enjoy life's pleasures. Join us! All welcome.
Transgender Explorers: This group is for those who identify as trans, gender non-conforming, or questioning. Past topics include: coming out to our providers as trans, navigating mental health resources as gender non-conforming people, dating and relationship issues, as well as self-acceptance and aging in our genders.
Women's Group: Open to all women at the club, this group is a forum to discuss physical and mental health, and gender. We seek self-awareness and to make new discoveries on our journey through womanhood.
Zappalorti Society: Come talk about how we can advocate for LGBT affirming mental health services for ourselves and the thousands of other LGBT people living with mental health conditions here in New York City. Help inform the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York State Office of Mental Health about how they could more effectively meet the needs of LGBT New Yorkers.