MESSAGE FROM CECE Why do we have parties even when life seems uncertain and our business is so serious – life-affirming services for individuals affected by HIV, advocacy for LGBTQ equality, and programs along a continuum of care for youth to the aging in our community? I can think of several reasons: (1) getting together in person lets us say "thank you" to those who support Resource Center, (2) we are steadfastly committed to funding our mission through good times and tough times and (3) it’s good to have fun when doing serious work!
Please join Resource Center at our annual bash Toast To Life on March 4. With the theme “Time To Boogie,” put on your bell bottoms and platforms! You won’t be disappointed, and your sponsorship or ticket purchase keeps us keepin’ on to serve our community.
COMMUNITY Women With Pride empowers LGBTQ women at Dallas Museum of Art Members of Women With Pride admire artwork & pose for sketching in the DMA galleries.
Women With Pride, a program of Resource Center dedicated to empowering LGBTQ women through community involvement and social opportunities, met on January 20 to attend Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art. The DMA displayed the exhibit Art and Nature in the Middle Ages, brought in guest performers to play music influenced by the medieval time period, showed films, had a calligraphy demonstration and gave tours of the museum. Women With Pride members enjoyed all these activities as well as self-guided tours. The group plans to have more outings in the future including wine tastings, hikes and workshops.
Next month, Women With Pride will have a Game Night at the Center on Saturday, February 25. More info may be found on the program's Facebook page.
Prevention Services Manager represents Resource Center in Philadelphia JP Cano (far right), Prevention Services Manager, at Women's March in Philadelphia, PA
JP Cano, Prevention Services Manager at the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic, flew across the nation
last week to represent the Center at multiple advocacy events including the 29th Creating
Change Conference, Unión = Fuerza Latino Instituteat the 29th Creating Change Conference and Women's March on Philadelphia. JP has been part of the program committee for the Latino Institute for the past 4 years and was selected for a scholarship to the full Creating Change Conference. The national gathering brought together diverse groups of LGBT Latinx and allies from across the country to foster supportive relationships and advance activism. The Latin Institute works to reduce homophobia, increase the understanding in Latinx communities about sexual and gender diversity, improve the quality of life for LGBT Latinx and commit themselves to developing and being an out Latinx LGBT or ally leader.
Introducing the Center to DISD’s Teen School Board
Advocacy manager Rafael McDonnell & program coordinator LaVa Brown speak to DISD Teen School Board
Many of today's teens want to learn about issues in the LGBTQ community and do not always have resources to answer their questions. Fortunately, representatives from Resource Center are pleased to share their knowledge and experience and met at Dallas Independent School District’s Teen School Board on January 18. The Teen School Board is a student advisory group consisting of the presidents of the junior and senior classes at each of the 25 high schools in the district. The board meets monthly and acts as a mediator between school students and the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees to address student concerns and share ideas for improving services and programs offered to students. United Black Ellument program coordinator LaVa Brown and communications and advocacy manager Rafael McDonnell met with the group, presented information on the Center and fielded questions about current LGBTQ stories in the news. The Teen Board gathered information and will meet with the superintendent of schools and the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees to find resolutions to their concerns.
Center's Behavioral Health program offers services in two locations A behavioral health assessment is free for first-time clients at Resource Center
The overall health and well-being of the LGBT community is part of the Center's mission. As
part of this goal, the Behavioral Health program offers a range of outpatient mental health and substance abuse services for youth, adults, seniors and their families in a comfortable, safe and healing environment. Ensuring services are accessible, the program offers two outpatient locations: the community center on Cedar Springs Road and health campus at 2701 Reagan Street. Flexible appointments are offered with same or next day confidential assessments conducted by specialty trained clinical staff.
Clients may consider an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which offers the right level of treatment for patients who are not progressing in traditional outpatient programs and do not need a higher level of care, like hospitalization. IOPs are small-group, mental health or substance abuse educational and process counseling sessions held for three hours, 3 days a week. The Center's licensed clinical staff provide the support to help create change in thoughts and behaviors, learn problem-solving skills, and establish and maintain a healthy support network. Behavioral Health Program Manager, Scott Martin, says, "IOPs offer a friendly, relaxed, comfortable and no-pressure environment that is a key success in therapy and are designed to give both adult and adolescent clients the opportunity to participate in treatment while still going to work or school and maintaining other day-to-day responsibilities."
Resource Center is a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, licensed by Texas Department of State Health Services. The Behavioral Health Department accepts most major insurance providers and helps navigate coverage options to ensure maximization of available benefits. Based on the program or service, with some insurances plans, there may be no out-of-pocket cost.
Call 214-393-3640 to schedule your free assessment today!
GIVE Buy a Toast To Life raffle ticket for a chance to boogie down in Vegas! One lucky winner at Toast To Life - Time To Boogie! will receive a two-night stay and a $100 dining credit at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas plus 50,000 airline miles courtesy of American Airlines. Only 500 tickets will be sold and they're $10 each so hurry and get yours HERE!
SNAP Kitchen partners with Resource Center at their newest location
Snap Kitchen corporate & local Team Members gather for Grand Opening celebration
Snap Kitchen, the healthy-food-on-the-go hot spot, recently celebrated the Grand Opening of their newest location on Lemmon Avenue. Guests enjoyeddelicious bites, cool sounds from DJ Brandon Moses and tasty cocktails from Deep Eddy Vodka. Light bites of new menu items were also prepared by Snap Kitchen chefs. 25 percent of the evening's proceeds were donated to the Center and Culture Map covered even more highlights.
ABOUT RESOURCE CENTER:
Resource Center, a United Way agency, operates the LGBT Community Center, Nelson-Tebedo Clinic, Harold Simmons Foundation Health Campus, 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.