Tours of New LGBT Center Showcase Increased Access to Health Services
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and other local officials kicked off a public showcase Saturday of Sacramento LGBT Community Center’s new home, which received a $500,000 investment from Sutter Health to support increased access for LGBTQ+ people to health and other services.
The Sutter Health investment increases the organization’s physical space, staff and development capacity in order to provide more access to preventative sexual health and mental health support, homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ youth support services, youth development activities, and cultural competency education over the next three years.
“The noble mission of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center – and the work they do every day to bring it to life – is so vital. We are so very proud to help contribute to their efforts to build a community that is inclusive, supportive, safe and empowered,” said Sutter Health Government Affairs Director Joe Gregorich.
The public was invited Saturday to tour the new center at 2012 K St. in the city neighborhood known as Lavender Heights. The LGBT Community Center recently relocated to this new home from a smaller space in midtown Sacramento. While larger with better facilities, this new Center will be temporary; the Sacramento City Council last month approved a $750,000 grant to help the center purchase a permanent home that will meet the LGBTQ+ community’s current and future needs.
Sutter Health’s transformational funding commitment and other grants allowed the Center to meet urgent space needs by relocating to the current temporary site while simultaneously executing its plan to purchase a permanent home for the Center. The 6,000-square-foot temporary space that the public toured on Saturday will accommodate all current programs and provide a slightly larger Q-Spot youth center. It also offers more confidential and community meeting space, improved connectivity across the Center’s continuum of health services, full accessibility via an elevator and three gender neutral restrooms, and more adequate workspace for staff, which will deliver greater opportunities for collaboration and better client outcomes.
This expanded capacity is especially important for hundreds of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness who will have access to food, clothing, survival supplies, showers, transportation, life skills development, mental health respite, crisis intervention, counseling, case management, emergency shelter and transitional housing on a pathway to self-reliance. Additional square-footage creates opportunity for more on-site mental health services, community education workshops, social justice advocacy, and community and cultural enrichment activities for thousands of LGBTQ+ community members who visit the Center each year.
“More than 40 years after the organization’s founding, we are elated to have the confidence and support of Sutter Health and the City as catalysts in our campaign to establish a permanent home for the LGBTQ community in Lavender Heights,” said Center Board President Carlos Marquez.