Have you ever remodeled a home? Built a new home? Done both at the same time? We are right now, and it’s a little crazy, but it will have a great result for the communities we serve. In about a month,
our new building, the LGBT community center, will be ready. It will be the new location for our mental health counseling; education and advocacy; and programs serving youth, seniors, families, women and transgender individuals. It will also be the destination for more than 40 organizations who have traditionally gathered at the community center.
Renovation is ongoing in the building at Reagan and Brown, which will consolidate most of our HIV services. The beautifully-renovated food pantry is expected to open mid-April. Clients will be able to get nutritious groceries at the same location that provides the hot meals program, case management, insurance assistance and medical case management.
Come see us! We are grateful to everyone who has supported the capital campaign and made this possible. There is still time to invest in the future of our community. Now in its closing phase, the campaign will conclude at the end of this year. For more information and to support the campaign, visit www.myresourcecenter.org/campaign. Details about the grand opening are enclosed.
HEALTH Reorganization of HIV Testing and Outreach Department JP Cano (Targeted Testing) Jalenzski Brown (Mpowerment Projects) As a leader within the community committed to the prevention of HIV/AIDS, Resource Center is pleased to announce the reorganization of the HIV Prevention Programs department.
There will now be two divisions within the department: targeted testing and Mpowerment projects.
JP Cano will manage targeted testing programming, which includes overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Transgender Health Clinic and HIV/STD testing at the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic. His new title will be prevention services manager. Cano has been with the Center for nine years as clinic coordinator. Jalenzski Brown will manage Mpowerment projects, United Black Ellument (UBE) and FUSE and will have the new title of empowerment programs manager. The Center for Disease Control’s Mpowerment Project is a model HIV prevention program that has been specifically designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual men. Brown has been with Resource Center since 2013, working with UBE, first as program coordinator and then as team lead before this new role. Cano and Brown bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the HIV testing and outreach fields. We are excited about their new roles and are pleased to watch them reach towards an array of newer and higher responsibilities.
On March 19, Center communications and advocacy manager, Rafael McDonnell, was a featured
panelist at the regional conference of Society of Professional Journalists in Fort Worth.
The panel, titled “Why you should diversify your sources—and how to find them,” also included Neil Foote, principal lecturer, University of North Texas’ Mayborn School of Journalism and Karina Ramírez, staff writer at Al Dia, and president of Hispanic Communicators D/FW. McDonnell and panelists discussed ways that journalists can find new LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) sources for news coverage, as well as how to add underserved members of the community as contacts for non-LGBT specific news stories. Do you have a story to share with us? Click here.
We put out a call for assistance and you answered. On March 19, with the support and muscles of community volunteers, the food pantry successfully moved from its old location to its new home at Reagan and Brown.
Thanks to all who pitched in and donated their time. Your continued efforts and support of the Center are much appreciated! As the pantry continues to blossom as a central point in the community for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, it’s not too late to become involved in the construction of the new food pantry to aid these individuals in need of nutritional support. Click here to learn more.
Toast To Life-Mad Hatter’s Ball was a tea-riffic success! Thank you to all sponsors, participating beverage and restaurant sponsors, auction donors, volunteers and guests who helped to make Mad Hatter’s Ball such a phenomenal event. Last but not least, special thanks to event co-chairs Judy Sherman and Steve Atkinson, along with the 2016 committee members, hats off to you on your accomplishments!
Resource Center Receives $800,000 in Gifts towards the Capital Campaign Resource Center has received gifts in the amount of $300,000 from The Louis L. Borick Foundation and $500,000 from the Moody Foundation in support of the Center’s $8.7 million capital campaign.
Resource Center is the first LGBT community center in Texas to be funded by the Borick Foundation. Meanwhile, the Moody Foundation, a long-time supporter of Dallas/Ft. Worth area charities, is pleased to support the Center’s programs crucial to the health and vitality of our community. Now in the closing phase of the campaign, $8.3 million has been raised with the addition of these two generous gifts. Resource Center is now 96 percent of the way to reaching its goal with $400,000 left to raise in the campaign. For more information and to support the closing phase of the Center’s capital campaign, visit here.
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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.