This month we celebrate and reflect on the advances the LGBTQ movement has made, but keep our sights on the future of our community. The Center remains focused on our mission to serve our area community through programs for youth, seniors, people affected by HIV/AIDS and much more. Through your unwavering support, we continue to build to meet the challenges of a growing, diverse population.
Top off your Dallas Pride festivities and celebrate what you have made possible with your support by joining us at 5 Factor on September 23!
GIVE The Fab Five
Recognizing five who have made a difference at Resource Center and the community.
7 for Parties
150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste 107
Dallas, TX 75219
The 2016 honorees are: Community: Christine Bengston, Caven Enterprises Culinary: Culinaire, food and beverage concepts Media: Steve Kemble, radio personality and lifestyle expert Government: CM Adam Medrano, Dallas City Council District 2 Philanthropy: Patti Le Plae Safe, entertainer
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North Texas Giving Day - Sept. 22
It only happens once a year. Thousands of North Texans show their support for area nonprofits in one of the largest online giving events, North Texas Giving Day. On September 22, support Resource Center from 6 a.m. to midnight to give and raise awareness of Center programs, supporting people affected by HIV/AIDS, LGBT youth, individuals, families and seniors.
Thanks to your support, over $22,000 was raised last year, benefiting more than 60,000 people living in our community. In addition to making a meaningful difference to the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities, every gift made on the Center's North Texas Giving Day page helps our chances of winning prizes given throughout the day ranging from $500 to $5,000! The more individual donations we receive, the greater our chances of being awarded a prize to benefit our clients and the community we serve. Every gift of $25 or more the Center will receive a portion of the projected $2 million dollars in bonus funds.
September 22, get up and give at https://northtexasgivingday.org/npo/resource-center.
Resource Center Receives DIFFA Grant
Reinforcing its over 30 years of leadership, services and support for
people living with HIV/AIDS, Resource Center received a $25,000
award from the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)/Dallas
for the Center’s nutrition programs. The check was presented at an
event held August 25 at Traffic LA.
The dog days of summer can have a bad effect on a teen’s academic and social development.
During the summer months, Youth First participants kept busy honing their creative interests,
giving back to the community and had fun.
Youth participated in hands-on learning experiences through field trips to the Dallas Zoo, Humane Society of Dallas and the Dallas Museum of Art. A highlight of the summer was a lock-in held at Youth First and a service project which followed the next morning at Cathedral of Hope. There, the teens served breakfast to homeless individuals through the church’s Breakfast at Cathedral of Hope program. Lastly, the summer ended with art camp where the youth created art pieces that were featured at the ilume GALLERIE in a show.
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.
ADVOCACY Training Health Care Providers on LGBT Issues
On August 11, the Center's communications and advocacy manager, Rafael McDonnell and insurance assistance coordinator, Leslie McMurray conducted a presentation for doctors, nurses and medical staff at Texas Health Resources (THR) Presbyterian Hospital Dallas that was simulcast to 24 of their facilities across North Texas.
THR is the largest nonprofit, faith-based provider of healthcare services in North Texas in terms of patients served. McDonnell and McMurray’s presentation covered basic LGBT terminology, updated information on how to provide culturally competent care, and a series of “best practices” scenarios specifically on care for the transgender community.
HEALTH Improving Quality Oral Health Care for HIV-positive Patients
People living with HIV can experience a high number of common oral health problems
directly related to their positive status. The Center’s Nelson-Tebedo Clinic dental staff
attended the Southwest Dental Conference in Dallas last month to learn and exchange
information regarding new advances in oral health care.
A common problem often seen with our dental clinic clients is gum inflammation. At the conference, dental staff attended a workshop regarding this issue that often plagues patients with chronic diseases, like HIV.
Two important health markers used by the clinic to track all clients’ overall health and progression with an HIV diagnosis is CD4 count and viral load. CD4 count, a measure of the strength of client’s immune system, tells how many T cells or infection fighting cells the patient has in their blood stream. Viral load is the amount of virus circulating in the blood. If a client is dealing with an oral health problem like gum inflammation, their CD4 count goes down and viral load goes up, making it difficult to maintain a healthy immune system. Controlling and reducing inflammation frees up CD4 cells to focus on fighting their HIV viral load. Through this workshop dental clinic staff learned best techniques to control inflammation to keep clients healthy. Poor oral health can impede food intake and nutrition, leading to poor absorption of HIV medications. The goal of the Dental Program is to improve the health and quality of life for dental clients through a restorative care approach. In-kind and monetary donations make it possible to provide clients with free oral hygiene kits and staff with upgraded dental equipment to assist in the running of day-to-day program operations. If interested in making an in-kind or monetary donation please contact Cameron Hernholm, chief development officer by email.
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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.