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COVID-19 Update from the San Diego LGBT Community Center

To Our Community,
 
As you know, The Center’s mission is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of our LGBTQ community, and that remains our top priority amid this COVID-19 pandemic. As I let you know last week, with a focus on the long-term health and longevity of our community members, The Center cancelled all Peer-Led Discussion Groups and Behavioral Health Groups, community programming including Lunch and Learns, and events at all locations for the remainder of March. As the only LGBTQ-focused service provider to our community, I realize the importance of providing critical resources to all who need them. Based on developments over the last few days, I want to let you know that, effective today, The Center will be open solely for emergency services. Here are updates:
 
  • Our Front Desk will be open and staffed by staff during normal business hours, and will provide resources and referrals as always. They can be reached at 619.692.2077 x 101 or frontdesk@thecentersd.org. The Front Desk volunteer program is cancelled.
  • Our David Bohnett Cyber Center will be closed through the end of March.
  • HIV testing will be available by appointment only. If you would like to schedule a test, please call 619.692.2077 x101. If you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, you must wait until you feel better to come in to test.
  • Individual Behavioral Health Services therapy sessions will be conducted by phone. Please call your therapist to set up, or email the Director of BHS, Steve Carroll, at scarroll@thecentersd.org.
  • If you need support and would like to talk to someone, contact 619.692.2077 x 208 or onduty@thecentersd.org
  • Our housing programs will remain open with limited case management, done by phone. If you need housing resources, please call 619.694.6182.
  • Our Youth Centers, South Bay Youth Center (SBYC) and Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC), will be available by email for resource referrals and emergency drive-through services. To contact HYC, email hyc@thecentersd.org. To contact SBYC, email southbayyouth@thecentersd.org.
  • If you are a Center client, please don't hesitate to contact your case manager by email to schedule a 1:1 check-in phone call. Please let us know if there is any support you may need and we will do our best to provide it.
  • If you are a senior who participates in the Senior Food Bank, or need help getting groceries, please contact seniors@thecentersd.org.
  • Our LGBTQ community has come together and survived many crises, and we will weather this as well. If you are able, please check in on neighbors or friends who may need help getting prescriptions, groceries, and other essentials.
We are continuing to take steps to keep everyone who visits or works at The Center safe and healthy. Our entire facility was disinfected from top to bottom over the weekend. Most of our Center staff are working from home. We are advising our whole community to wash their hands frequently, avoid face touching, stay home when sick, restrict nonessential travel, and especially practice social distancingCommunity members over the age of 65 are strongly encouraged to stay at home and self-isolate for their health and safety. We have increased the continual disinfecting of common areas and surfaces, as well as the amount and locations of hand sanitizers throughout our facilities. If you have questions or need additional information on the status or updates at The Center, please contact our Front Desk at 619.692.2077x 101 or email frontdesk@thecentersd.org.
 
Though this continues to be a difficult and stressful time, I am grateful to so many in our community who have offered help, shared information, and provided resources. In that spirit, we've compiled a list of resources to help our community at this critical time. 
 

While at home, and practicing social distancing, please find resources for everyone:

Please take care of yourselves, and each other, and I will work to keep you updated on The Center services.

In solidarity,

-Cara Dessert (Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)Chief Executive Officer