As I write this, our LGBT, counseling and behavioral health programs are settling into our new community center at 5750 Cedar Springs Road.
A crowd of nearly 500 celebrated our grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting on May 21, the culmination of years of planning and work. Renovations continue in our building at 2701 Reagan Street, the headquarters for our HIV services.
Change and growth will allow us to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Your support makes this possible – thank you.
COMMUNITY Home Sweet Home! New LGBT Community Center Grand Opening Celebration
They say home is where your heart is…and you showed great heart at the grand opening celebration of the Center’s new LGBT community center on May 21.
Feelings of excitement and pride were conveyed by event guests who were impressed at every turn as they toured the 20,000 square-foot facility. The celebration included refreshments and a variety of entertainment provided by local community groups. During the grand opening ceremony, Texas State Representatives Rafael Anchia and Eric Johnson read a resolution in honor of the momentous occasion. Among other city and county officials present were Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Commissioners Dr. Elba Garcia and John Wiley Price, Dallas County Health Department director, Zach Thompson and Dallas City Councilmember Adam Medrano. The event concluded with a ribbon cutting, ushering in a new era for LGBT-focused programs, community health and vitality.
Resource Center to Launch Behavioral Health Program
Scott Martin, Behavioral Health Program Director
On July 1, Resource Center will launch a Behavioral Health Program to treat adult substance abuse and mental health issues.
Operating under a separate model from the existing mental health program, the Center has been licensed as an Outpatient Substance Abuse Facility to offer confidential and complimentary assessments, intensive outpatient treatment, and individual therapy for substance abuse. Programs will be offered both in daytime and after work hours to benefit individuals with treatment needs while maintaining their everyday schedules. Clients will receive treatment from behavioral health staff who are licensed therapists utilizing an evidence-based treatment approach dedicated to improving the overall mental health and wellness of the community. Intensive outpatient treatment will be available at both the new LGBT community center and Health Campus at the Reagan and Brown facility once renovation improvements are complete fall 2016. For more information on the program and how to schedule an appointment, please contact Scott Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADVOCACY Discussing LGBT Issues with Future Healthcare Professionals
The Center’s communications and advocacy manager, Rafael McDonnell, and insurance assistance coordinator, Leslie McMurray, have been busy this spring talking about the healthcare needs and concerns of the LGBT community—
such as the fact that LGBT people are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety & substance abuse. They’ve spoken to future pharmacists at the UNT College of Pharmacy, as well as third-year medical students at UT Southwestern Medical Center. In June, McDonnell and McMurray will be conducting a presentation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas that will be simulcast to all of their facilities across North Texas.
HEALTH Empowerment Programs Manager Invited to National HIV Outreach Summit
Jalenzski Brown, Empowerment Programs Manager, was invited to attend the Annual MPowerment Summit in San Francisco to present on the Center’s HIV outreach program, United Black Ellument (UBE) on April 26.
The Center for Disease Control’s MPowerment Project is a model HIV prevention program that is specifically designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual men.Attending the Summit allowed Brown the opportunity to connect with MPowerment researchers and other MPowerment programs from around that country to ensure that both UBE and FUSE are operating with the latest innovations and best practices.UBE, located in the Deep Ellum community of Dallas, and FUSE located in the Oak Lawn community, host a variety of outreach activities to empower and support young gay/bisexual men ages 18-29 to reduce sexually risky behavior and foster regular HIV testing. Scientific studies demonstrate that the program reduces the rates of unprotected sex among this group, and thus lowers the rate of new HIV infection.Both Center MPowerment Project programs, UBE and FUSE not only serve as an HIV prevention resource for young gay and bisexual men, but they also serve as communal safe spaces where these young men can find support, friendship and comradery.Click here for more information regarding these outreach programs. _______________________________________________________________________________
GIVE Capital Campaign Continues to Build
Only a few short weeks ago, we celebrated the grand opening of the new community center.
However, we have more building to do!
In the final phase of the Center’s capital campaign, there is still time to become a part of a lasting legacy.Your investment towards the capital campaign ensures Dallas’ LGBT community center and all people affected by HIV/AIDS will continue to thrive far into the future.Progress continues to be made at the Reagan and Brown facility as it undergoes remodeling to consolidate HIV services, nutrition services and the food pantry which is already in operation.Once renovations are complete this fall, we will celebrate the opening of the new Health Campus, September 2016. Resource Center is now 97% of the way to reaching its goal thanks to the generous support of donors like you.With a little over $257,000 left to raise in the campaign, your support makes all the difference.Anyone who contributes as much as $10 will be recognized on a plaque to be installed at the new community center once the campaign concludes at the end of 2016.Have your name cemented in history by making a gift toward the campaign.Show your support and make a gift today at myresourcecenter.org/campaign.
Capital Campaign Donor Sneak Peek Receptions Ahead of the public grand opening on May 21, Resource Center hosted a slew of special sneak peek receptions for major capital campaign donors, 365 Club and Young Professionals Advisory Council members.
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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.