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JANUARY 2016
MESSAGE FROM CECE
2016 is already moving quickly, and so are we at Resource Center. As part of our capital campaign’s facilities plan, renovation has begun at the Reagan and Brown building.  We will move our food pantry into that building and consolidate most of our HIV services there. Progress continues at our new building, under construction near the northwest corner of Cedar Springs and Inwood.  As we continue to expand services, all of these improvements will allow us to better serve our clients and community to meet their needs this year and well beyond.  It’s already an exciting year! Support the campaign at www.myresourcecenter.org/campaign or contact Ms. Cameron Hernholm at chernholm@myresourcecenter.org.

Best regards,
Cece
HEALTH
Nelson-Tebedo Clinic Staffer Selected to Attend National Conference
In an ever changing world, it is important for Resource Center staff to stay abreast of relevant and topical issues that affect our community.  JP Cano, clinic coordinator for the Center’s Nelson-Tebedo Clinic, has received the Eric Rofes Scholarship to attend the 2016 Creating Change Conference, which will be held January 20-24 in Chicago.


Sponsored by the National LGBTQ Task Force, this five day conference will host thousands of committed activists from across the country to develop and hone their leadership skills to continue building the LGBTQ social justice movement.  Conference attendees represent a variety of sectors including HIV/AIDS and transgender health activism.  As clinic coordinator, Cano works with diverse populations of clients with varying economic, social and health needs.  Through this conference, Cano expects to gain more insight into the community’s resolve and action steps to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic as well as strategies to build better health care for the transgender and senior communities.  
COMMUNITY
New Changes to GEAR and Youth First Program
With a growing number of youth coming to terms with their sexual orientation and gender identity at a younger age, it has become necessary for the Center to adjust programming to support youth in middle and high school.  Effective January 2016, Youth First will serve youth ages 12-18 and GEAR (Gender Education, Advocacy & Resources) will focus programming to serve young transgender adults ages 18-29, with an emphasis on the gender non-binary and gender-fluid communities.


However, all transgender adults are still welcome at GEAR; however, programming will focus on these communities.  Also, starting on January 23, youth ages 17-21 will have new programming each month. Offering a safe environment, these older youth can enjoy various educational and social activities. Read more about these new program changes here.
ADVOCACY
Center Advocacy Keeps Spotlight on Oak Lawn Attacks
As Dallas police work to catch the people responsible for a string of attacks in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, Resource Center continues to play a role calling on all aspects of the community to own their personal security.


On December 14, the Center participated in a community forum hosted by Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk (pictured) where she discussed hate crime prosecution as well as other issues of interest to the LGBT community. The Center has invited the D.A. to tour our facilities and meet our staff in the coming weeks. Center officials also responded to news of a potential arrest in the Oak Lawn attacks on December 6 that turned out not to be tied to the cases, as well as conducted interviews on the most recent attack the weekend of December 19. Finally, Center representatives will be working starting this month as a member of the City of Dallas’ LGBT Task Force on assessing how to best spend several hundred thousand dollars in bond money on security improvements in the Oak Lawn area.
GIVE
Resource Center Receives Over $53,000 from Black Tie Dinner
As a beneficiary organization, the Center received a donation of over $53,000 from Black Tie Dinner at the annual 2015 Check Distribution & Volunteer Party on
December 10.


Resource Center’s growth wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of Black Tie Dinner and the community.  Since 1982, Black Tie Dinner has been the largest fund raising dinner for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the nation. Each year, Black Tie Dinner selects up to 20 North Texas beneficiaries to receive dinner proceeds.  To date, Black Tie Dinner has distributed nearly $20 million.  Resource Center wishes to thank Black Tie Dinner for their support for over thirty years!
Capital Campaign Update
The capital campaign began its final phase on December 28 with the start of the remodel of the Center’s Reagan and Brown location. 


This remodel is being completed to consolidate HIV services, nutrition services and the Food Pantry.  During the remodeling period, the Reagan and Brown location has new operating hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. The building will be closed on weekends.  Renovations are expected to continue into the summer.   
Construction on the new community center continues to make rapid progress with a tentative completion date this spring.  With your support, the campaign has raised $7.6 million to date with 88 percent of the goal reached. Help us finish out the campaign strong!  Continue to support and monitor progress at www.myresoucecenter.org/campaign.
Supporting LGBTQ Youth in 2016
 
Meet Nestor
“I’m excited to have joined a unique giving circle that was created to support the Center’s Youth First program, and local LGBTQ youth. We raise funds through memberships, and are encouraged to produce fundraising events throughout the year to raise additional funds. I wish there was a Youth First out there when I was growing up!” -Nestor Estrada


Resource Center created the Young Professional Advisory Council in 2013 to support the Center’s Youth First program. The Young Professionals Advisory Council is a unique giving circle for young professionals (45 and under) who are passionate about providing opportunities for life skills, leadership development, peer support, and educational advancement to LGBTQ youth in the Dallas area.

Learn more about making a difference in the lives of area LGBTQ youth through YPAC.
Toast To Life-Mad Hatter’s Ball
Spill tea with the bunny at this year’s Toast To Life-Mad Hatter’s Ball, Saturday, March 5 at The Empire Room.  Featuring DJ Lady Bunny and local restaurants serving up delectable goodies!  Ticket and sponsorship info available at www.myresourcecenter.org/toastolife.     

SAVE THE DATE:  Join us for the Toast To Life Mixer on January 21.  See details here!
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OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE CENTER
ABOUT RESOURCE CENTER:
Resource Center, a United Way agency, operates the John Thomas LGBT Community Center, Nelson-Tebedo Clinic, Youth First and United Black Ellument. For over 30 years, the Center has provided programs of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community members and critical assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS and for their families. The programs of Resource Center promote understanding of the LGBT community and aim to eradicate the spread of HIV and AIDS. 
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