While the doors to The Center's main facility remain closed, the organization remains open, and serving more in our community than ever before.
As 2020 comes to an end, I am reminded of so many stories over this past year of the real difference that The Center has made in people’s lives. Each of us has a story of when The Center has made us feel welcomed, valued, and supported perhaps during one of the most crucial times of our lives. Yours may be when you needed some support to come out to friends, families, co-workers, or even to yourself. Or maybe when you needed a safe place to sleep, or food to eat… staving off the loneliness of aging…embarking on a journey of transition…finding out if you were living with HIV…looking for a loving and supportive community within which to live and thrive…or when, during the COVID-19 pandemic, you needed help knowing where and how to vote or needed critical rental relief, help, and food resources.
And while the doors to our main facility remain closed, The Center remains open, and serving more in our community than ever before. Open to our community, open to you so we may continue to create empowering stories. Since March, The Center has responded quickly and creatively to this unprecedented public health crisis and the uncertainty of the future. Our Emergency Services — food resources, housing resources and rental relief, behavioral health services, HIV testing, healthcare enrollment, virtual support and discussion groups, and more — have truly made a life-changing difference for our community.
As we have been here for our community, we hope you can be here for us so that we may continue to serve. As this difficult year ends and the cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, the need for The Center’s services is more critical than ever. If you are able, please support The Center with a year-end contribution, and know that your support makes a powerful impact for LGBTQ San Diegans. Thank you and please stay safe, wear a mask, stay home, practice social distancing, and do all you can to keep yourself and others safe. Today, we can do the work to stop the spread, as we work toward the day that we can all gather together again.
-Cara Dessert (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)
Chief Executive Officer