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June 11, 2009

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June 11, 2009

This organization and the CEO are exactly what our community needs. The L.A. Center and Jeffrey Goodman Clinic are the flagship organizations that should be copied all over the country, especially here in San Diego. Lori Jean, you're a true angel!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping EVERYONE. Great outreach and community presence.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do exactly what Lori Jean is doing

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling of belonging and that my assistance was important and appreciated.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Lori Jean, the BEST and her compassion rolls down hill to her staff and volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

definitely help everyone in the community who needs it.

Ways to make it better...

I wouldn't change a thing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

budget cuts and reduction in donations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

come to San Diego Lori and show our center how it's done!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 10, 2009

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June 10, 2009

My experience with the Center is long and quite fulfilled. I have been a client of the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center for nearly 10 years now. I first went to the Center seeking some guidance and really did not take care of myself. When I was ready to face my illness, I was 125 pounds with 16 t-cells! My doctor was on it. I was brought back to good health and had the full support of all the staff. The staff are always cheerful and glad to see me. The pharmacy is always patient with me when I want to know everything about what it is I'm taking.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

..their ability to reach people.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...make sure that key people were kept happy. I have seen these people work even in a crisis. They work well and hard. It seems that they should be paid a bit better so they STAY at the Center....

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...that I can achieve numerous tasks related to my own care at one place.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

....the willingness to guide me through any red tape, their patience with all my questions.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...change the world. More staff could reach out and counsel more people. Increase the amount of research dollars, and double the beds for homeless gay youth!

Ways to make it better...

Doctor of the day's hours were a bit longer. There is sometimes a long wait to see the doctor for an unscheduled visit.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...stigma. It seems that those who need it most are often not easy to reach...perhaps cultural stigma prevents it, or machismo hinders seeking help.

One thing I'd also say is that...

...the Center saved my life plain and simple. With that I continue to stay at the Center, even though my Medicare will allow me to go elsewhere. (I feel like I should make room for those who need access to the care more than I.) And I will refer newbies.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 10, 2009

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June 10, 2009

In addition to the awe-inspiring speeches provided by CEO, Lorri Jean, the wide range of services provided by the LA Gay & Lesbian Center touch every aspect and demographic of our community: from Crystal Meth Recovery and other mental health offerings, to free and mobile HIV testing, counseling and education, to senior support services, a homeless youth shelter, the list just goes on and on and on. I have been fortunate in that I have not had to depend on the life changing and life saving services provided by this organization but I have the assurance that this organization is there for me should the need arise and is definitely providing a tremendous service to those within the community. This is why I give generously to this organization, far above any other organization in the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

action in the lives of real people - particularly the homeless youth at the youth shelter. It breaks my heart to see these kids who are tossed aside by their birth families and left to the streets.I'm so grateful the Center is there for them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Community outreach and the creative ways in which they fundraise.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and committed to service to the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open a rehab center for recovering alcoholics, meth addicts and sex addicts.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 10, 2009

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June 10, 2009

I've just begun taking the Coming Out Workshop for women. Actually, I've only attended one workshop so far. I wasn't sure what to expect, but feel confident, in just that one meeting, that I've found the place in which I can discover where I'm headed in life and who I'm truly meant to be.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very open, helpful and down to earth

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach a wider range of clients.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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June 10, 2009

I have been working with seniors for nearly 15 years as a professional social worker and have never seen such a dedicated program helping GLBT seniors as the one offered by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center. It breaks my heart to think of all the GLBT seniors that feel that they must go back into the closet to receive community services. Now there is a place for them to be who they are. The entire Senior Program team is so committed to making a difference in our seniors’ lives. I wish every city throughout the United States could have such a great program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

all the lives they've touched

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the commitment of the team

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very proactive and approachable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

accomplish so much more

Ways to make it better...

I only had more time to volunteer

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds

One thing I'd also say is that...

they should keep up the good work

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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June 10, 2009

The LA Gay and Lesbian Center's Family Services Program has done so much for our family. After my partner and I had our daughter, we found that we were the minority in all parent and me groups (MOMS Club, Gymboree, Music Together) or the only lesbian family. It was a matter of "coming out" again and again, sometimes with positive results and sometimes with negative ones. The Center's Family Services Program provided the Baby Bonanza group, a free weekly group for GLBT parents and their 0-2 year old babies and toddlers. The group was incredibly supporitve and well run. The facilitators of the group were an excellent example of young professionals dedicated to helping GLBT families feel included and empowered. They provided a safe and clean environment, wonderful toys, a fabulous "banana and water bar" for the young ones to learn how to socialize, eat, and begin to follow rules, a song participation time, and birthday celebrations. The Family Services Program also provides monthly family events in the community with games, food, guest speakers and entertainers, and multiple events throughout the year which are either low cost or free! The Kid Bonanza group was created for parents and their 2-5 year olds, and many other communities have copied these programs in order to create similar groups for local GLBT families, something that did not exist in the past. We always had a place to go in order to meet other GLBT families and feel supported and rewarded for creating unique families of love. The Gay and Lesbian Center has many programs for the community, and we were very grateful to be able to participate in and be served by the Family Services Program. I can't imagine how much more isolated and alone we would have felt without this service, and without the care of the wonderful staff people. We have made friendships that will last throughout our children's childhoods and hopefully even longer. I highly recommend this agency for the Pride Choice Contest.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the amazing fundraising, community support and attendance at events.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be proud to be a part of something so monumental and good.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everything! Other cities could certainly model their own agencies and programs after this one.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, supportive, helpful, intelligent, compassionate, creative, fun, enthusiastic, sensitive, young and energetic, great listeners, positive role models, and a gift!

Ways to make it better...

there were more programs in the community like this one.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financing, finding grants that support the ongoing existance of the programs, much less the growth of them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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