We are currently wrapping up our comprehensive grant-funded Community Assessment effort. The consultants that we engaged for this work are analyzing the survey data, town hall meeting input, and focus group data points to present to the Board of Directors, important center volunteers, and other stakeholders what the community has told us they want the Center to do going forward. In honoring the voices of all of our community members who took the time to give their input, this is the information that will really inform the Center's work moving forward in creating our strategic plan for 2016 and beyond.
In the meantime we are launching some our most obvious and critical programs:
- Volunteering at the Center: The Center relies on a corps of volunteers to keep the doors open 7 days a week. This allows the center to be open and accessible as a place for community members to use the Center at their convenience. We have a great groups of volunteers who have been keeping the center reliably open since October 23, 2015. If you'd like to support the center in this way, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Team to learn more and/or to get scheduled for one of our monthly volunteer orientation sessions.
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator Team
- Library: We are anxiously looking forward to having our Library fully up and running, including checking out materials, by February 2016. In the meantime we are working with a small team of librarians to design out circulation database to be as flexible as possible to serve our needs for both accepting donations, tracking our inventory, and circulation.
- Transforming Families NC: Transforming Families NC is a peer-led resource and support group for the parents of Trans and gender exploring children.
Confused about what your child is going through? Do you feel isolated? You are not alone on this journey. Come meet other parents going through similar circumstances and share your experience, strength, and hope in a supportive, safe environment.
Transforming Families NC
- LGBTQ Community Wellness Project: The LGBTQ Center of Durham is inviting folks to collaborate on taking action to improve wellness for LGBTQ people in our community, particularly transgender/genderqueer/gender nonconforming people and LGBTQ people of color. We are forming a number of working groups (housing, racial justice, LGBTQ youth spaces, etc.) to fulfill a vision of wellness and thriving for LGBTQ people in Durham. We are also creating a steering team to work on “big picture” issues related to LGBTQ community wellness and to support the working groups. For more information, visit the LGBTQ Community Wellness Project page linked below. To join a working group or ask questions, contact LeLaina Romero at [email protected]
LGBTQ Community Wellness Project
- F.A.Q* - *Friends Aging Quirkily - 55+ LGBTQ & Allies in and around Durham for Fun, Learning, & Friendships. FAQ* is a new collaborative effort to build community among LGBTQ+ folks aged 55+ in & around Durham.
- Host Home Program: The LGBTQ Center of Durham’s Host Home Program (HHP) serves transition aged youth (18-24 years old) who are experiencing homelessness in and around Durham and the Triangle region. Under the facilitation of the Program Coordinator, community members who volunteer to host a youth in need of immediate, short term housing are identified, screened, and trained with the goal of providing a safe and affirming space for up to 6 months.
Host Home Program
If you have ideas about programs that you would like to implement at the Center we are certainly looking for individuals who are excited about leading new programs. Please contact [email protected] with more information about your ideas.