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June 24, 2009

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June 24, 2009

This center is by far the greatest as far as quickness and helpfulness. I have been able to get diagnosed, treatment and all support within 36 hours of me making a phone call. As with most non-profits, you the client must do your homework as well, but I think this center is doing an Outstanding job at providing the services it has to offer. It would be a great dishonor to remove this center and/or remove funding from any of its services.

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

the people that I get to interact with. I have been to this location several times during the past 3 months, and I have to say my name was remembered from the second time I arrived. Our community would suffer greatly if this center was reduced!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 18, 2009

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June 18, 2009

The Family Services Program of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center has been a vital connection for our family! It has enabled our kids to be raised amongst a village of caring adults and to know other families like their own. Our involvement with the program over the last 7 years has ranged from social activities, camps, and day trips to cultural vents to parent and baby groups to parenting courses to college financial planning and pride parades. The experience always leaves us feeling cared for and part of a larger community. Our kids have used the staff members names as part of common family discussions and there is something to be said for really feeling accepted and understood in a way that is not always present in our daily lives as parents in traditionally heterosexual settings! Keep up the fantastic work!

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

caring, dedicated, cool, educated, loving, knowledgeable!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 17, 2009

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June 17, 2009

My family has been participating in the Family Day in th Park, Rainbow Family Camp, Gay Pride Parade march with Family Services and Neighborhood Family Days for the past six years. Before that, my partner and I attended the Maybe Baby meetings to learn about how we could create our family. I hadn't realized what an integral part of our lives this organization has been! I value the connection that this organization has helped us to maintain to the gay & lesbian community. Our kids have made relationships with the dedicated staff who have been there for years. Our family feels valued by these people with a level of understanding that is hard to come by in the mainly heterosexual community in which we live. Not only do they provide a community in which we belong, but they motivate us to get involved, and stay involved. We are truly lucky to have the Family Services Program as a part of our family! Thank you!

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

the way that the services keep expanding over the years, providing more and more opportunities for GLBT families to receive support, education and social connection.

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

be rewarded daily knowing that the families I serve are so grateful.

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

the relationships we ahve formed with the staff, and the connection that our kids have made with the staff over the years.

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

awesome. Dedicated. Happy. Smart. Kind. Endlessly energetic.

Ways to make it better...

I had participated more and volunteered more.

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

funding?

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.

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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

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

June 10, 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.

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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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