Persad Center, Inc.

Rating: 4.91 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 5150 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15224 USA

Mission:

Persad Center’s mission is to improve the well being of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and HIV+ communities through advocacy, outreach, education, prevention, and counseling services.   


Programs: Non-judgmental counselors help GLBT people deal with depression, anxiety, fear, grief, stress, conflict, prejudice, and coming out.  Persad Center's counselors are specially trained and particularly sensitive to experiences common among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Psychiatric services are also available when needed.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a former client, volunteer, and long time donor to Persad Center. Persad is an incredible resource for the LGBT and HIV+ communities in Western Pennsylvania. They offer mental health counseling, substance abuse services, services for individuals and couples in abusive relationships, gender transition programs, and a host of other services for our community. They offer a host of programs for youth to help them stay in school, stay off the streets, and stay healthy. Importantly, they offer free or subsidized care to people in need. I believe in Persad's mission and programs and will continue to do what I can to support them.

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

Personally, I was a client at the agency on and off for a couple years. The clinical staff is well trained, professional, caring, and non-judgmental. They are experts in LGBT issues and helped me a great deal. I've seen them help many friends through hard times and I don't hesitate to recommend them.

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

I would love to see Persad Center move to a new building. Their current building, while centrally located, is in need of repair and upgrades. The agency appears to have outgrown the space and it's impacting the services they are able to offer to the community.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I'm a big believer in their youth-oriented programs. They have an after-school program aimed at helping LGBT kids to stay in school and feel connected to others like themselves. Their Street Smart program works with homeless kids to get them off the street and find them a safe place to stay, or even just a warm meal.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I donate annually because I believe in their mission, their programs, their leadership, and their staff.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Persad Center is a unique and valuable community resource. They offer services that are difficult or impossible to find elsewhere in the region and it's important to support them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Persad is an amazing organization. They provide counseling and mental health services to the GLBT community in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. I have been a supporter of this organization for many years. I have donated time and dollars, and made in-kind contributions. Betty Hill is currently the Executive Director for Persad, and I have the utmost respect for her. How many EDs do you know that will roll up their sleeves at the end of an event and pitch in to help the with clean up? She is a dynamo and the organization is lucky to have her at the helm. The amazing staff and volunteers are dedicated to the organization as well. There is an annual art auction that raises funds to support services for folks that might otherwise not be able to receive needed care. Persad is definitely worth checking out and supporting. I know that the contributions I make to this organization are valued and make a positive impact.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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