Mission: The mission of The Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County is to provide services to ensure the physical, psychological, and social well being of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and HIV/AIDS affected community. These services include activities intended to foster community respect, understanding, and acceptance of gender, cultural diversity, and sexual orientation.
Results: We are at an exciting time in our history. Our programs are multiplying and we are serving more and more people. Recently, we have added Senior Services, Adoption and Fostercare adoption services, and more youth services. We intend to increase our programming for families with children and to offer more educational and cultural programming.
Target demographics: Our services are available to all people regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity--regardless of ANYTHING!
Geographic areas served: Orange County
Programs: Youth daily drop in program; Youth support groups; Youth activist group. Programming for adults +55. Advocacy and Civil Rights. HIV/AIDS Prevention and testing; Sliding scale mental health. Adoption and fostercare referral. Young Professionals Group.
As one of the members of the GSA club at our school, we were invited to this Mixer event that the Center was holding. Attending this party, I could easily see the welcoming and accepting atmosphere of the leaders and people in this nonprofit organization. The place was beautifully decorated and I can see the time and effort they put into making these events. It is amazing that this Center is located in Santa Ana, yet they were able to contact our GSA group which is in the Westminster district - this just shows how determined they are to spread awareness that the Center exists and can provide a place for LGBT people to discuss issues and bond as a family. This Center is a great nonprofit organization, and I hope more people will know about it.
I came to The Center last year in hopes of having someone who could relate. I found more than just that; I have a whole new circle of friends that are there for me even when it gets tough. I feel like they have become my second family. Thank You
I am a member of the youth program here at the Center OC. The staff and volunteers here are so welcoming and helpful. I have learned how to accept and love myself with the help of the awesome people here.