Are you ready to celebrate? Join us for the grand opening of our HIV services campus on November 15 at 1 p.m. The newly-renovated John Thomas Building at the Harold Simmons Foundation Health Campus will host you! We will celebrate this milestone of our capital campaign, which allows us to better provide a broad spectrum of services for our HIV-positive clients.
Then, on November 30, we join with millions of people across the world to commemorate World AIDS Day. Join us at our annual Red Ribbon Bash. The proceeds of this event support the clients served by Resource Center, including low-to-moderate individuals living with HIV. More details are below, and sponsorships and tickets are available at myresourcecenter.org/red-ribbon-bash
Our mission to improve lives for LGBT individuals and persons affected by HIV remains steadfast. The Center is grateful to you for supporting the upgrades and expansion of our facilities. To close the capital campaign by the end of this year, $250,000 remains. Naming opportunities are available, and gifts of any amount are appreciated. Visit here to support this historic initiative. I look forward to seeing you on November 15 and 30. We have much to celebrate!
GIVE Sponsorships available for Red Ribbon Bash 2016
For more than 30 years, Resource Center has served the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as well as all people affected by HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day reminds us that HIV has not gone away—there is still a vital need to expand awareness, combat prejudice and stigma and improve education. Commemorate World AIDS Day at Red Ribbon Bash while enjoying music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in support of programs and services of Resource Center. Start your holiday gift-giving and decorating needs with a silent auction as well as an opportunity to purchase Christmas ornaments benefiting Resource Center.
Wednesday, November 30
Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh
2927 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201
Tickets available HERE. __________________________________________________________________
Newly renovated health campus set to open November 15
In recognition of the Center’s longtime leadership of caring for people with HIV/AIDS and the completion of its newly renovated health campus, the Center is holding a celebration Tuesday, November 15 from 1-2 p.m. The events include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, remarks from local dignitaries and guided tours of the facility.
Resource Center’s capital campaign provides for new and expanded LGBT and HIV services to meet the growing needs of a diverse community. Now in the closing phase, the Center has $250,000 remaining to raise to meet goal by December 31. Naming opportunities are available. There is still time to make an investment in the future of our community. Click here to find out how you can be part of a great legacy. ________________________________________________________________ ADVOCACY Local organizations partner with Resource Center to get out the vote!
League of Women Voters and Team Dallas Votes partnered with Resource Center for two weeks in October to assist the community in registering to vote. Both organizations are nonpartisan and focus on growing voter registration and participation in Texas. The United States has one of the lowest percentage of voters of most modern countries and this year, the election is critical to the LGBT community. Whoever is elected at local, state and national offices will impact how tax dollars are spent, and whether they support and fund the services of Resource Center. Early voting started on October 24 and ends Friday, November 4. On November 8, you must vote in your precinct from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. _________________________________________________________________
COMMUNITY Youth First hosts upcoming workshop for parents of trans 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.Youth First is hosting an informative workshop for the parents and guardians of transgender & gender-nonconforming youth on Saturday, November 19. The workshop will provide a safe space for parents to learn about gender identity and expression and to explore what resources are available for youth and families.
Topics will include:
“Psychological Aspects of Transition,” led by Sabine Rakos with SMU’s Simmons School of Education’s LGBT Affirmative Therapy Program
“Medical Aspects of Gender Identity,” led by Dr. Ximena Lopez of Children’s GENECIS Clinic
“Advocating for Transgender Youth,” led by Lou Weaver with Equality Texas
Panel discussion with parents of transgender youth
The event will take place at Resource Center’s Community Center, 5750 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, TX 75235, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. This is exclusively for the parents and guardians of transgender youth. Admission is free & lunch will be provided. Guests are encouraged to RSVP at www.parentsoftransyouth.eventbrite.com __________________________________________________________________ Volunteers make the difference at Resource Center
While the Center employs paid staff, the mission of the Center could not be achieved without people like you. The talents, skills, time and energy donated by our volunteers are a valued resource. More than 1,100 community members each year donate their time and talents to the Center. Whether it’s serving meals, answering phones or helping at fundraising events, volunteers enable the Center to provide superior service to the community. You must be at least 18 years or older to volunteer at the Center. Volunteer registration info can be found here. __________________________________________________________________ HEALTH Center's advocacy, empowerment programs partner with Team Friendly DFW for "PrEP Rally"
On October 15, the Center played host to "The PrEP Rally"-- a collaborative program on HIV prevention hosted by Team Friendly DFW & the Center's empowerment & advocacy programs. Recent studies have shown that a lack of information is the main reason why people have been slow to adopt the once-a-day pill as part of an HIV prevention strategy. The rally featured medical professionals discussing what PrEP does & what it doesn't do, as well as conversations with people who take PrEP. In the coming months, the Center is planning to launch its own PrEP clinic with a volunteer medical professional to increase access to PrEP. __________________________________________________________________
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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.