About us:

SAGA stands for "Sexuality and Gender Acceptance." SAGA Community Center was born of a need for more acceptance and support for the LGBT+ community of Montgomery and Bucks Counties. SAGA is a program of  The Welcome Project PA  and is located in Hatboro PA. Friends and allies are welcome! All of our programs are free and we are supported mainly by donations. Please feel free to contact us if you need to talk or have questions!

Meet the team!
Niki Kulp, LSW
Director
Advisory Board Member 
(she/her or they/them pronouns)
Nicolette (Niki) is a Clinical Social Worker from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Niki's desire to serve the LGBT+ community began while she was an undergraduate studying psychology at Arcadia University. As a Montgomery County native, Niki was acutely aware of the lack of resources and support for the LGBT+ community in her county and it became her dream to be part of the solution. She completed her thesis on Identity Development of Gender and Sexual Minorities and went on to study Clinical Social Work at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. While there, she interned with Mazzoni Center's counseling program in Philadelphia and graduated in 2016. That year, she met Josh Blakesley while visiting an LGBT-affirming faith community in Hatboro, PA. Niki shared with Josh about her passion for the local LGBT+ community and desire to help fill the need for more support and resources. It turned out Josh had a similar vision, and with his support, Niki co-founded SAGA Community Center in 2017. The leadership team quickly grew, attracting others who shared the desire for increased support and connection for the LGBT+ community in the suburbs. Niki feels privileged to be a part of such important work with a team of such wonderful and talented humans. She will continue to focus her passions for service, social justice, and mental health and wellness toward the goal of increasing support for the LGBT+ individuals of the Philadelphia suburbs.
Jennifer Angelina Petro
Program Manager
Advisory Board Member 
(she/her pronouns)
Jennifer Angelina Petro is a proud transwoman and mother of three grown sons.  She is an activist, poet, musician, artist, storyteller, speaker, twenty-year elementary school teacher, and workshop leader.  She has been featured on an episode of Liz Plank’s Vox, as well as in several newspaper articles including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Montgomery News, and the Bucks County Currier Times.  She has published articles for GLSEN and the Montgomery County Women’s Center, as well as two books of trans-related poetry.  Jennifer has spoken at rallies and featured in a production of This is My Brave. She was invited to speak on the steps of the Norristown Court House on International Day Against Homophobia.  She has led Q-Crew groups at local libraries, and also been asked to speak at local youth centers.  Jennifer was asked to speak before the Hatboro City Council by the mayor of Hatboro in an effort to help successfully pass Human Rights Ordinances for the LGBT+ community.  She has also spoken in local faith communities on welcoming queer people in their congregations.  She played music at the Germantown Jewish Center’s first ever Pride Shabbat, and set up the first LGBT+ booth at Glenside Elementary School’s Diversity Fair.  She has also led an LGBT+ training at Peco Energy, and helps lead queer support groups.  In addition to her passionate activism and work with the SAGA Community Center, she loves used bookstores and thrift stores, reading P.G. Wodehouse, and eating dark chocolate.  
Aimee Goldsmith
Assistant Director
Advisory Board Member 
(she/her or they/them pronouns)
Aimee is a professional artist with a BFA in sculpture from the University of the Arts. She spent three years as a 3D Printer technician for a local company, two years as a machine shop technician for the University of Pennsylvania, and five years working as a tooling/sculpting/mold making & casting technician for Lenox Corporation. Here, she took advanced courses in SolidWorks and designed and printed 3D parts for figurine and ornament models.
In her spare time, she helped to co-found SAGA Community Center and has been integral in program development, planning, implementation, web design, and marketing. She also assisted with building SAGA's Queer Library and serves on SAGA’s Advisory Board for The Welcome Project PA. Her other interests include vacationing in the Poconos, hiking the Wissahickon, and crafting handmade wooden jewelry &  other commissioned artwork. She enjoys live music, outdoor festivals, DIY projects, and spending time with her loved ones.
Mel G.
Advisory Board Member 
(they/them or she/her pronouns)
Kate
Photo and bio coming soon!
Eric H.

Advisory Board Member
(they/them pronouns)

Eric is a Teaching Assistant and is an amateur photographer and spray paint artist. They studied Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University and are currently working at The Timothy School, a school for children with Autism. Eric has worked with children for over six years; as a Teaching Assistant for children with Autism, Cognitive Coach for children with learning disabilities, and Child Care/Mental Health Care Worker for at-risk youth and was a Safe Crisis Management instructor.
They plan to get their masters degree in Art Therapy and working with children and young adults on their mental health. Eric is a co-leader of SAGA Sports, assists with support groups, and runs the SAGA Instagram page. Their interests include hiking, bike riding, photography, reading, cooking, and playing the cajón.
Arielle
Photo and bio coming soon!
Kai
Photo and bio coming soon!
Josh Blakesley
Director of The Welcome Project PA (he/him pronouns)
Bio coming soon!
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SAGA Community Center

A program of The Welcome Project PA

350 S. York Rd. Hatboro, PA 19040

215-675-8808 ext. 203

SAGAHatboro@gmail.com

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