Once upon a time . . . it was hard to imagine that Resource Center would be within months of finishing its capital campaign to raise more than $8 million to build a new community center and renovate our long-time home at Reagan and Brown streets. Hundreds of donors have joyfully invested in our vision to improve the lives of individuals in the LGBT and HIV communities. And, we are grateful for their support. Within days of opening the new community center, the building served as a beacon when we grieved and gathered together on June 12 after 49 people were brutally killed at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Now, we are months from completing the Reagan Street renovation and the campaign. Please help us cross the finish line for this historic accomplishment by donating and asking your friends to donate. Time is running out to be listed on our donor walls (one at both buildings) and to create a lasting legacy for the communities we serve. Donate now or contact Cameron Hernholm at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-540-4421.
GIVE RED RIBBON BASH
Commemorate World AIDS Day while enjoying libations and delicious bites in support of
programs and services of Resource Center.
Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh
2927 Maple Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
Become a sponsor of the Center’s Red Ribbon Bash this November! Your event sponsorship
helps to provide valuable support for Center programs and services. View sponsorship opportunities.
________________________________________________________________________________ OVER $22,000 RAISED THROUGH NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY
The spirit of philanthropy is strong in our community and
collectively North Texas Giving Day has increased awareness
and raised impactful dollars for important causes in North
Texas. Because of YOU, over $22,000 was raised to continue
advocacy for the Center which relies on the generous support of individuals to strengthen our communities and to provide
life-changing support to people in need.
_______________________________________________________________________________ 5 FACTOR RAISES OVER $40,000
Resource Center recognized five honorees who have been valuable partners of The Center and community at the eighth annual 5 Factor event. Sponsored by Purple Foundation, the event included music, libations, and bites from local restaurants and community partners. Over $40,000 was raised to benefit the programs and services of Resource Center. The 2016 honorees are: Christine Bengston,
Caven Enterprises (Community); Culinaire (Culinary); Steve Kemble, (Media); CM Adam Medrano, (Government); and Patti Le Plae Safe, Philanthropy.
_______________________________________________________________________________ COMMUNITY Youth First meets cast of Rent, the musical
On September 21 cast members of Rent, the musical, recently toured Resource Center and met with members of our Youth First program. In addition, over fifteen youth enjoyed attending the iconic musical and afterwards received an exclusive backstage tour! The youth were understandably starstruck meeting various cast members, asking tons of questions and taking selfies.
As part of Youth First programming, recreational activities combined with educational experiences are designed to promote self-confidence and foster peer engagement. Through generous support from donors and community partners, Youth First is able to develop worthwhile programming for LGBTQ youth and their families. Check out our October calendar for events youth and family events!
___________________________________________________________________________ ADVOCACY Providing LGBT cultural competency to advocates for seniors
Imagine that you are an LGBT senior in a nursing home here in Texas. You find yourself being discriminated against; what do you do? You should turn to the long-term care ombudsmen for the Texas Department of Disability and Aging Services (DADS). On September 12, Center communications & advocacy manager Rafael McDonnell conducted a webinar for all of DADS' long-term care ombudsmen from across Texas.
The participants learned about changes in federal law as well as guidelines from care providers designed to promote a respectful, inclusive environment for all nursing home residents regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Last month's updated presentation continues an ongoing relationship that we have had with DADS since 2011.
_________________________________________________________________________________ HEALTH Resource Center partners with Rent, the musical
Resource Center recently partnered with Rent, the musical, for a panel discussion: Rent and the History of the AIDS Crisis at Winspear Opera House. Rent, the iconic rock musical by playwright Jonathan Larson, was largely influenced by his personal experience with the AIDS crisis in the ‘80s and ‘90s. In the years leading up to the musical’s first production, many of Larson’s close friends succumbed to the disease, and he frequently attended support group meetings with his HIV-positive friend, Matthew O’Grady. These experiences helped shape four of Rent’s eight main characters. The musical documents a year in their lives as they struggle with the physical and psychological effects of HIV and AIDS.
Twenty years later, education and treatment options have greatly improved, and the annual number of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. has declined by 19% over the last decade. Still, an estimated 36.7 million people worldwide are living with HIV. With the historical legacy of Rent as a starting point, panelists representing five Dallas-based HIV/AIDS service organizations discussed topics such as the history of the AIDS crisis, dispelling the myth of AIDS and the evolution of the disease’s public perception, the impact of the disease on minority communities, and the current state of AIDS advocacy in Dallas.
Jalenzski Brown, Mpowerment Programs Manager, Resource Center
Rev. Dr. Neil Cazares-Thomas, Senior Pastor, Cathedral of Hope
Abigail Erickson, Executive Director, Bryan’s House
Jason Gillman, MD, Physician, AIDS Arms
Don Maison, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, AIDS Services Dallas
Steven Pace, MSSW, Executive Director, AIDS Interfaith Network
Moderated by Charles Santos, Executive Director of TITAS and co-producer of A Gathering, a large local AIDS fundraiser
_________________________________________________________________________________ Renovations continue at Health Campus
The Resource Center Health Campus completed renovations to the case management side of the Reagan St. offices, and staff moved back in September 16th. This will allow for demolition of office space in the main dining hall area, to create new offices for behavioral health staff, and improvements to the dining hall and kitchen. The Resource Center is hopeful to begin using the dining hall in late November. The kitchen remains in operation.
Due to these changes we moved the hot meals program to the Food Pantry area on September 19th. Clients have adjusted to taking the hot meal "to go" to eat at home. The Resource Center is providing table space in the Food Pantry for those with no home, to eat. All clients present on September 14th received their annual flu shots, given for free by Walgreens staff. Use of the food pantry continues to grow, after the move from its previous location this summer.
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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.