At this time of year, I am again reminded how much I have to be thankful for, and that includes the work I get to be part of at Resource Center. With your support, we accomplished goals that will benefit the LGBT and HIV communities for years to come. Thousands of people have been welcomed and received services at the new LGBT community center that opened on Cedar Springs Road in May – one of the largest in the United States. Just a few weeks ago, we completed renovations at the Health Campus in order to better serve individuals affected by HIV. We celebrate those milestones and the generosity that made it possible!
With less than 30 days left in 2016, we are within $225,000 of completing the capital campaign for those facilities and programs. Please join in and spread the word about this last opportunity to have your name listed on our donor walls and to bragging rights that YOU helped make it possible. For more information and to support the closing phase of the Center’s campaign, visit myresourcecenter.org/campaign or contact Cameron Hernholm, Chief Development Officer at email@example.com.
GIVE Wrap it Up for Resource Center through December 31! Only $225,000 remains to be raised to wrap up the Center's capital campaign by December 31, 2016. When crossing off your holiday
list, please consider making a donation to the Center at local participating Cedar Springs Merchant Association businesses for our Wrap It Up campaign. You may also make a donation in someone else's name or memory as a holiday gift. Naming opportunities for
rooms are still available starting at $25,000 and your contribution is tax-deductible! Don't miss this historic opportunity to donate here or
contact Cameron Hernholm, Chief Development Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Sponsorship opportunities available for Toast To Life! Please join us in support of the 19th Annual Toast To Life - Time To Boogie on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at The Empire Room.
Since its inception, Toast To Life has raised over $3 million in support of the Center’s programs and services. The generosity of your sponsorship ensures that 100% of the evening’s proceeds benefits the Center's programs and services, including:
HIV Nutrition Program: The HIV Nutrition Program helps provide essential nutrition and basic food needs to HIV-positive individuals to decrease the debilitating effects of HIV and increase medical adherence. Last year, the food pantry and hot meals program served more than 240,000 meals to 2,692 people living with HIV.
HIV Dental Clinic: The Center provides specialized HIV dental care to over 900 clients annually and is the only dental clinic offering HIV specialized services in Dallas County.
Youth First: Approximately 15,000 LGBT youth live in North Texas, Youth First is the only local LGBT-focused youth program that addresses the challenges LGBT youth face with family members, peers and fellow students. Serving ages 12-18, Youth First equips young adults with the skills they need to lead an open life.
Gray Pride: Healthy aging requires access to appropriate housing, quality health care and supportive public and private services. Such access is often denied to LGBT seniors because of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Gray Pride is the LGBT-focused senior services program with a primary focus on combating isolation and improving mental health. Senior clients have access to Resource Center’s mental health.
We hope that you will consider sponsoring this year’s Toast To Life. Ticket and sponsorship information is available HERE. _____________________________________________________________________________________
ADVOCACY Texas Legislation and the LGBT Community
On January 10, 2017 the members of the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives will consider legislation that directly
impacts the lives of 27 million Texans, especially those in the LGBT community. Rafael McDonnell, communication and advocacy Manager of Resource Center, offers a few tips to redouble your commitment to defeating legislation in Texas that would seek to target LGBT Texans for discrimination: 1) Be aware of bills that will affect you and loved ones by checking the Texas Legislature online site.
2) When bills are filed, contact your state lawmakers and tell them how you feel about the measure. 3) Stay vigilant, tell your friends
and get them mobilized as well. For more information, check out Equality Texas, which keeps up to date with legislation through their Legislative Action Center._____________________________________________________________________________________
COMMUNITY Youth First's Parents of Trans Youth workshop receives overwhelming response Youth First, a program of Resource Center, hosted an informative workshop for parents and guardians of transgender and gender-nonconforming youth on Saturday, November 19. Over 75 people signed up for the workshop which provided a safe
space for parents to learn about gender identity and expression and to explore what resources are available for youth and
families. Topics included the “Psychological Aspects of Gender Identity,” led by Sabine Rakos with SMU’s Simmons School
of Education’s LGBT Affirmative Therapy Program; “Medical Aspects of Transition,” led by Dr. Ximena Lopez of Children’s
GENECIS Clinic; “Advocating for Transgender Youth,” led by Lou Weaver with Equality Texas; and a panel discussion with
parents of transgender youth.
Transgender and gender non-conforming youth face tremendous adversity at home, at school, within communities, in foster care, and within the juvenile justice system. Serving middle and high school aged youth, 12-18, Youth First equips them with the skills they need to lead an open life. Family ties are strengthened, peer support networks are built and mental health is supported through activities that build confidence and address the specific issues that LGBT teens face during their critical, formative years. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Holiday Happenings for Youth First in December
Youth First, serving middle and high school aged youth, 12-18 will host several events this December including Theater and Art Club, Gender Identity Night, Family Dinner Nights, a festive Holiday Party and much more! If you or someone you know is interested in
volunteer opportunities, click HERE. _____________________________________________________________________________________ HEALTH Newly renovated health campus unveiled on November 15
In recognition of Resource Center’s longtime leadership in caring for people with HIV/AIDS and the completion of its newly renovated Harold Simmons Foundation Health Campus, the Center held a grand opening celebration on Tuesday, November 15. The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, remarks from local dignitaries and guided tours of the facility.
Among the speakers at the event were Cece Cox, Chief Executive Officer of Resource Center, Capital Campaign Chairman Terry Loftis, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and longtime community advocate, Penny Pickle Krispin. Other attendees included Dallas County Commissioners Dr. Elba Garcia and Dr. Theresa Daniel, Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zach Thompson, DISD board member Miguel Solis and former City Councilwoman Veletta Lill.
Located at 2701 Reagan St. in the heart of Oak Lawn, the health campus lies in the historic center of Dallas’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The space has been remodeled to consolidate HIV services, nutrition services and the food pantry in a location that is both familiar to clients and is historically significant to the North Texas LGBT community. “We are humbled and excited to open the doors of Resource Center’s newly renovated Health Campus.” said Cece Cox, Resource Center CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of donors and community partners of the capital campaign, we can continue to empower and support the well-being of the greater Dallas community.”
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ABOUT RESOURCE CENTER:
Resource Center, a United Way agency, operates the Community Center, Health Campus, Nelson-Tebedo Clinic, FUSE, United Black Ellument, Valor Latino and Youth First. 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.