As we approach the dead heat of summer, the Center is kicking into high gear to prepare our upcoming fall events, like 5 Factor. Our passionate and talented staff continue to work to improve the health and vitality of our community. Renovations continue at the Reagan and Brown facility to usher in a new era of health care for people living with HIV/AIDS. The capital campaign continues to make strides towards our $8.7 million goal, with over $60,000 left to raise. You can continue to build with us and help close out the campaign by December 2016 with a contribution at myresourcecenter.org/campaign.
Your support makes the mission we carry day-in and day-out possible. Thank you!
GIVE Young Professionals Aim for Extra Credit with Back-To-School Fundraiser
School is still out for the summer, but the Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) is hosting a special after-work recess for the upcoming year to raise critical funds for the Center’s Youth First program.
This Back-To-School fundraising event will be held Thursday, August 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Conduit Gallery, 1626 Hi Line Dr., #C, in Dallas. Tickets are $50 per person. Guests and sponsors will enjoy complimentary beverages by Stoli, light bites, and tunes spun by DJ Brandon Moses. Valet parking is provided by Pinky’s Valet. Earn an ‘A’ in partying with a purpose! Event sponsorship and tickets can be purchased at myresourcecenter.org/ypac.
In turn, your contribution helps to provide valuable support for Center programs and services.
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As the busy social season gets into full swing, members of 365 Club and the Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) receive an exclusive in to Center events. Join today and you will receive a percentage off your ticket price to 5 Factor and YPAC’s Back-to-School event benefiting Youth First.
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ADVOCACY A "Friendly" Partnership to Reduce HIV Stigma
More than 30 years after the pandemic started, the stigma surrounding HIV remain major barriers to testing and treatment. On July 6, Center communications & advocacy manager Rafael McDonnell and empowerment programs manager Jalenzski Brown met with representatives of Team Friendly DFW.
This is the local chapter of an international, yet grassroots movement to reduce stigma of HIV, encourage testing for HIV, and improve quality of life for those living with HIV in friendly ways. Anti-stigma messaging is already part of Center empowerment programs like FUSE and United Black Ellumment, but by collaborating with Team Friendly DFW the messaging can be reinforced and amplified. The Center also has a long history of working on a variety of HIV advocacy issues stretching back to 1984—the year after our founding.
COMMUNITY Center CEO, Cece Cox Inducted as a Hero of Hope
On July 24, Center CEO Cece Cox, was presented with the "Hero of Hope" award during services at Cathedral of Hope. Each year, the church selects a recipient of this special award from a large pool of nominations.
Rev. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas of Cathedral of Hope says Cox was chosen as this year’s recipient in recognition of her years of work around inclusion and her leadership in the Dallas community as CEO of Resource Center.
Youth First Art Show
Calling all patrons of the arts! The annual Youth First Art Show kicks off August 9 at the ilume GALLERIE.
Always an exciting time for the youth participants, this one week show will be on display until August 12. Original art pieces included in the show center on the concept of love. The community is invited to meet these young artists at a special reception Wednesday, Aug. 10. Many of the youth in the art program use art as a form of therapy to cope with issues such as bullying, mental health or a lack of family acceptance. Additionally, the art program has brought families together in support of their LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) youth as they express their identity in a creative medium. The Youth First Art Show was made possible through funding provided by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Pieces on display will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the art show will benefit Youth First program. The ilume GALLERIE is located at 4123 Cedar Springs Rd., Suite 107 in Dallas. SAVE THE DATE: The Young Professionals Advisory Council will be hosting a mixer on the closing night of the art show, Aug. 12 to network with other young professionals and view the art collection with light bites and wine. Let us know you’re attending here (link to Facebook event).
HEALTH Nelson-Tebedo Clinic Staffer to Receive Award
James A. Lester, RN, will receive The Ryan G. Barrows Award presented by C.U.R.E. (Community, Unity, Respect, Education), an AIDS education and awareness community organization.
Held each World AIDS DAY, C.U.R.E. honors individuals in the community who are building new legacies of inspiration, commitment and the legacies of those represented on the organization’s AIDS Memorial Quilt. Lester, a nurse of over 30 years has worked at the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic since 2011 and has a passion for nursing, specifically in the field of LGBT health issues.
The C.U.R.E. World AIDS Day Awards will be held Thursday, December 1 at Noah’s in Richardson.
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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.