Community Resource

Hudson Pride Connections (HPC)

(201) 963-4779
Jersey City

Hudson Pride Connections (HPC)

Hudson Pride Connections (HPC) is a non-profit organization bridging the gap in services and responding to the unmet needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, as well as HIV positive people of any orientation/identity, through supportive social services, prevention, outreach, advocacy, and development trainings for other service providers, to educate, empower, and unite all of our communities.

Programs and Services

  • Pride Connections
    • The Men of Hudson Pride
      • This MSM group was created to be a safe environment for gay, bisexual, and questioning men to openly discuss social, political, and personal issues that are important to you and our ever growing community.
      • 32 Jones Street Jersey City, NJ 07306
      • Every Thursday from 6:30-8:00pm
      • For more information, Felix Ardornoe at [email protected], 201-963-4779 ext. 113
    • Women of Pride
      • A women's group that focuses on education, nutrition, health, and risk reduction in addition to everyday issues that women face. (This is a non-LGBT specific Group)
      • 32 Jones Street Jersey City, NJ 07306
      • Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 1:00-3:00pm
      • For more information, contact Kim Adams at [email protected], 201-963-4779
    • YouthConnect
      • Hudson Pride provides a safe space for LGBT youth to interact with their peers as well as a place to interact with, learn from, and be mentored by LGBT adults. The YouthConnect program provides academic tutoring, empowerment workshops, job development assistance, computer access, meals, a social support group, HIV testing and prevention education, and much more. Street outreach also helps provide community education and safety awareness.
      • YouthConnect program members plan fun social events including movie nights, ice cream parties, and BBQs. They also learn how to be healthy and powerful young LGBT individuals by talking about safe sex and healthy relationships.
      • YouthConnect meets every Friday from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Dinner and snacks are provided.
      • For more information, contact Stephanie Mills at [email protected] or 201-963-4779 ext. 118
    • GLBT Seniors: SAGE
      • SAGE Hudson County: Services for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders
      • SAGE Hudson County is a program of Hudson Pride Connections Center and is an affiliate of the national SAGE organization based in New York. SAGE Hudson County seeks to build community, provide social avenues, and to shift the aging paradigm within the 50+ GLBTQ population. Hudson Pride provides access to important resources and referrals regarding health care, social services, and community activities.
      • We currently provide a drop in space for SAGE members during general hours of the Center.
      • To speak with our program coordinator to get more information about our program please call Elizabeth Schedl, Deputy Director, at 201-963-4779 ext. 115 or email [email protected]
    • TransView
      • TransView provides support to transgender men and women in and around the Jersey City/Hudson County area. This group discusses and assists with issues unique to the transgender, questioning, and gener non-comformative community. 
      • Our group meets every Tuesday from 6:00pm-8:00pm.
      • All Trans allies are welcome to participate on the last Tuesday of every month.
      • Come join us as we bridge the gap in the transgender community through discussions, fabulous parties, assistance with Trans issues, and social events.
      • For more information, please contact Na'Shanti Washington- email [email protected] or call 201-963-4779 ext. 116.
  • Positive Connections
    • HIV/AIDS Outreach/Support
      • Being diagnosed and living with HIV is a significant, life altering experience. The staff at Hudson Pride is here to help. Our programs are designed to provide support to persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS by providing free and confidential referrals to case management, mental health counseling, testing, and more. 
      • For more information about these services, please email our Outreach and Linkage Coordinator, [email protected], or call 201-963-4779 ext. 116.
    • Community Support Groups
      • Hudson Pride Connections Center offers peer-led discussion groups, which were created to provide a safe, social, and eduational space for community members. These groups provide a sense of belonging and an opportunity for all participants to share their stories and experiences. Groups are forming on a regular basis, depending on the needs of the community. 
      • If you're interested in joining one of our groups, or creating a new one, please contact Kim Adams at [email protected]
      • Living Beyond: People Living with HIV/AIDS
        • Living Beyond is a network of conversation groups and group programming designed to serve the unique and vital needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Members are invited to take part in this participant-driven discussion group for HIV+ individuals. Each meeting will have a discussion topic, but there are always opportunities for group members to discuss issues that may be concerning them at the time.
        • Will be on hiatus until the fall.
        • For more information, please contact Kim Adams at [email protected]
          • Cline Community Outreach Service
            • 450 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City
            • Phone: 201-200-1965
            • Hours : Mon/Wed/Fri/ from 10am to 12pm
          • Family Success Center
            • 725 Bergen Ave Jersey City NJ
            • Phone Number: 201-451-6300
          • Horizon Health Center
            • 115 Christopher Columbus Dr. Jersey City
            • Phone Number 201-710-2200
            • Group Hours Vary
          • Massh
            • 953 Garfield Ave Jersey City
            • Phone Number: 201-915-2980
            • Ladies n Motion – every Friday from 1 to 3 pm
          • Hyacinth
            • 35 Journal Square Fl 7 Jersey City
            • Phone Number: 201-432-1134
            • Every Thursday from 2 to 4pm
  • Community Connections
    • Diversity Training
      • Community Connect is a distinctive diversity training program which has a reputation for bringing the best, most effective workshops, trainers, and curriculum to social work providers, clinicians, and educators to enhance the levels of service for LGBT and HIV positive communities.
      • All trainings can be modified to the needs of the population and prices are negotiable. There are small fees associated with our trainings. Please contact our Deputy Director, Elizabeth Schedl at [email protected] or 201-963-4779 ext. 115 for information about fees, or to set up a training.
      • Audience: All
        • Workshop Title: Understanding Sexuality
          • ?The purpose of this workshop is to help people understand the basics of sexuality, the terms "lesbian," "gay," "bisexual," "transgender," and "heterosexual," among others, as well as how these categories are "defined." The workshop begins by explaining the basic stages of sexual development regarding the general physical, cognitive, and emotional events we undergo as we mature. It also discusses the four different components that make up sexuality: genetic sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
      • Audience: School Administrators, Social Service Staff, Teachers, and Other Faculty & Staff
        • Workshop Title: LGBTQ Youth and Cyberbullying (Homophobia in 140 Characters or Less: The Impact of Cyber Bullying on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Youth)
          • The recent spate of suicides among gay teens, tweens, and young adults has heightened awareness about the harmful and potentially deadly effects of bullying. This dynamic and interactive training will provide an introduction to the issue of bullying, especially in its 21st century incarnation of "cyber bullying," and its impact on sexual minority youth. The training will detail the roles of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutionalized heterosexism and homophobia in fueling the culture of fear and cultural insensitivity that lead to harassment in its various forms. It will also highlight the resultant emotional, mental, and physical health implications on sexual minority youth as well as provide strategies on how to create a supportive environment for all youth.
      • Audience: High School Peer Leaders
        • Workshop Title: Becoming the A in "LGBTQA"
          • Youth are often oblivious to the needs and plight of their peers. This interactive youth-targeted workshop provides a safe space for youth to discuss and learn about discrimination with a specific focus on the LGBTQ community. Workshop participants will learn about the various components that make up sexuality along with how homophobia and hetrosexism affect their fellow students.  This workshop is intended to help start a dialogue about sexuality and sexual minorities in an attempt to empower youth to create a safer school environment.
      • Audience: Parents and Guardians
        • ?Workshop Title: Understanding (My) LGBTQ Youth
          • Parents, even those who are willing, often are unaware of the complexities and hardships of their children being sexual minorities. This interactive workshop  provides an opportunity for parents to learn about sexuality, and the physical, mental and social health issues disproportionately affecting LGBTQ youth. The workshop will also talk about discrimination, homophobia and heterosexism and the impact it has on LGBTQ youth.
      • Audience: School Administrators, Educators, Social, Mental and Health Providers
        • Workshop Title: LGBT Health
          • ?Intended for social and health providers, this training discusses on the social, mental, physical and sexual health trends among the LGBTQ community. It is aimed at make service providers aware of the various health issues disproportionately affecting the LGBTQ community. Clinicians also receive strategies on identifying and addressing mental health issues within their programing.
      • Audience: School Administrators, Educators, Social, Mental and Health Providers
        • Workshop Title: Cultural Competency
          • This workshop helps educational, social and medical providers improve their services for the LGBTQ community. The workshop addresses the impact of privilege and power when accessing and receiving services. The workshop also discusses heterosexism and homophobia and the various forms in which they manifest in the personal and professional realms, and how it impacts the quality of services provided. The workshop concludes with strategies on how to create safe spaces for the LGBT community and how to make services more inclusive of the population.
      • Audience: Juvenile Detention Staff
        • Workshop Title: Protecting LGBTQ Youth in State Care
          • This workshop targets staff and providers serving youth that are in state custody either through the foster care system or through juvenile detention. In addition to helping staff to understand sexuality, this workshop also addresses the risks that LGBTQ youth often face when they’re in care including physical, mental and social health issues. The workshop also discusses the legal rights of the youth and provides strategies to create a safer space for LGBT youth in care.
      • Additional workshops are constantly being added. Please contact us if you have a need that is not listed here.
    • Professional Development
      • Hudson Pride Connection Center provides LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS cultural competency trainings throughout the state of New Jersey. Our staff has extensive expertise working with the LGBTQ people, friends, allies and their families. In turn, we have an established training program designed to promote professional development. Continuing Education credits may be available for some programs – please contact our Clinical Director, David Rosen [email protected] to discuss any CE needs.
      • We know that developing cultural competency is a process that takes time (and is never done). Thus, we hosts three levels of trainings, 101, 201 and 301, so that professionals have the opportunity to develop their understanding of LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS topics in a manner that becomes richer and deeper over time. We do require participants to complete previous level trainings (or equivalent) before attending intermediate level trainings.
      • There are small fees associated with our trainings. Please contact our Deputy Director, Elizabeth Schedl at [email protected] or 201-963-4779 ext. 115 for information about fees, or to set up a training.
Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Family & Support Services
Legal / Advocacy
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health

Last Updated: 11/29/16