This will be a year of celebration at Resource Center. Thanks to your generosity, we will celebrate the food pantry moving into our Reagan and Brown building. Later in the spring, we will celebrate the opening of the new community center at Cedar Springs and Inwood, and then the completion of the rest of the renovation at Reagan and Brown. One last cheer will go up as we complete our fundraising for these projects at the end of 2016. All these changes allow us to better serve the HIV and LGBT communities. And, we still need your support. To invest in the future, please visit www.myresourcecenter.org/campaign or call 214-540-4421.
HEALTH Packing up the Pantry: All Hands on Deck Needed
As you may have heard, the food pantry will be uprooting from its current location at Denton Drive Cutoff due to the loss of our lease, and will be relocating to the Center’s Reagan and Brown building on February 27. Between now and the big moving day, there is lots of work to be done and not much time to do it. It will take all hands on deck and teams of volunteers working at both locations to move fixtures and food, lots of food.
We will also need trucks, at least one with a lift-gate. Corporate support that includes trucks, truck drivers and any additional volunteers would be fabulous. Individual volunteers are also welcome. In the short time before the move, there is an immediate need for volunteers to help with prep work if you are not available on the 27th. Serving more than 800 people a week, it is the goal of the Center to not disrupt daily operations of the pantry. Your invaluable support and help with this monumental feat will enable us to open doors to the newly constructed pantry on February 29. Contact Deborah Cavazos, volunteer coordinator to sign-up for available shifts at email@example.com or call 214-540-4497. Visit www.myresourcecenter.org/newfoodpantry for more information on the pantry’s move and to support campaign renovation improvements of the Reagan and Brown building.
GIVING Take a Trip Through the Looking Glass...
Toast To Life - Mad Hatter's Ball 2016
Saturday, March 5
7 - 11 p.m.
The Empire Room
1225 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207
The countdown is officially on, as we await the arrival of Toast To Life-Mad Hatter’s Ball!
Come March 5, we want you to eat this and drink that as we toast the night away in Wonderland. Take a tumble down the rabbit hole as DJ Lady Bunny spins tunes to keep you hopping while enjoying some of the best food and “tea” in town. Arrive decked out in your finest hat and tea attire fierce enough to make the Queen of Hearts see red.
Event co-chairs are Judy Sherman and Steve Atkinson. Tickets are $150 and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Toast To Life benefits the programs and services of Resource Center.
COMMUNITY Center CEO, Cece Cox to receive Distinguished Alumni Award from SMU Law
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law has announced Center CEO, Cece Cox as the recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service. This award is bestowed upon SMU Law alumni who are making a difference and leading by example in the communities they serve.
We are proud of Cece’s many accomplishments and work within the LGBT community here in North Texas. She credits mentors and friends like Rebecca Garza Greenan, who was the director of the school’s Public Interest Program and now serves as assistant dean of students at UNT’s College of Law, associate professor of law and sponsor of the LGBT law student group Bill Bridge and senior associate dean for academic affairs and Richard E. Lee Endowed Professor of Law Elizabeth Thornburg. Cece is a 2004 graduate of SMU Law. The awards ceremony will take place on February 4 at the Belo Mansion. For more information and ticket information to the dinner and ceremony click here.
ADVOCACY Resource Center Plays Host to Representative from Office of Civil Rights
On January 12, the Center hosted a visit by Jocelyn Samuels, the director of the Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
That office enforces the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, as well as a variety of regulations prohibiting discrimination in the provision of health and social services. Samuels discussed her work with a variety of HIV care providers from across North Texas as well as representatives from several local LGBT groups. Samuels also discussed a new proposed rule within the Affordable Care Act that implement new protections against sex discrimination, including gender identity. The Center’s participation and hosting of the meeting is another demonstration of the leadership we provide on HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues in North Texas.
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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.
Resource Center is a trusted leader that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and all people affected by HIV through improving health and wellness, strengthening families and communities and providing transformative education and advocacy.