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North County LGBTQ Resource Center

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Causes: Civil Rights

Mission: To foster and empower the North County LGBTQ community by providing a safe space, advancing awareness & visibility and sustaining equality and inclusiveness.

Results: Since our grand opening on December 4th, 2011, we have already served more than 10,000 people. We have established 8 different programs and open our Resource Center for everyday activities.

Target demographics: North County LGBT families, kids and individuals

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000 North County residents

Geographic areas served: North County San Diego

Programs: Support groups, a safe place to feel at home and accepted, LGBT advocacy and support, educational programs for schools, hospitals and businesses, mental health, HIV services and counseling, transgender resources and help.

Community Stories

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The center is a hub of love, energy, activism, and community. I am grateful every day for the work they do. Max and Linda work long and thankless hours to maintain this amazing space. It is truly a cornerstone of the North county LGBTQ community.

dlshearer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the NC LGBTQ RC since it's inception as a volunteer. One of the most important things this organization does it that it reaches out to partner with other organizations in the community to benefit the core LGBTQ clients. The Center has worked with the city, police, firefighters, library and various other civic organizations to help make LGBTQ people visible and accessible. They were at the forefront of raising the standing of the City of Oceanside in the Human Rights Equality Index to it's highest level ever achieved. The volunteer board and employees are exemplary in their service to the North County community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so pleased to be associated with this organization that provides a safe and positive environment for the full spectrum of the LGBTQ community. Many interesting programs and services are provided for those of us who live in North San Diego County. I appreciate not having to drive down to SD as much. The other volunteers, directors and service providers are so friendly, helpful and welcoming to anyone who stops by to visit. The location is close to good public transportation, has free parking and is close to Camp Pendleton. I encourage everyone to stop by and say "hello".

Client Served

Rating: 4

was able to get a binder through the center after not being able to afford one for five years. super grateful to the staff there and the events held by project youth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to build an internship with the North County LGBTQ Resource Center for my Masters in Public Health degree at California State University San Marcos. Max Disposti was generous, insightful, and a true pleasure to work with. He helped me create my scope of work for the center by knowing the issues the LGBTQ community faced on a daily basis. His expertise and love for the community really shows through the vibrant halls of the center and through the smiling, loving faces that I saw within. Anyone seeking information, help, or friendly face should not hesitate to visit the center located in Oceanside. I can't speak highly enough for all the work the center has done for the LGBTQ community and I know will continue to provide in the future. I'm honored to have been apart of it.

T-BTS

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center is a great place with welcoming staff and great resources for North County San Diego. I started off my journey as someone that still felt unsure of how I fit into society as a whole. With the help of the nurturing environment of this center, I was able to come the the realization that I am a trans man and had resources to explore what I wanted to do about this realization. Once I determined my path, I started to volunteer whatever free time I had here because I see the vision of this center and the magnitude of possibilities with helping the community. I continue to volunteer by facilitating the Come As You Are support group, offering support as a committee member of the Gender Advocacy Project, assisting with legal name and gender change, and the front desk. This center is a great place to participate or volunteer at and am whole-heartedly greatful for this center.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Today so many of us stand behind a screen to comment, like or tweet without ever really doing anything to help to change our world. I was one of those folks until I found Max and the center. The center is where I could finally walk the walk and make a difference with the guidance of some very loving and radical minds! Being part of PRIDE has instilled the need to do more and to show others #whywepride We pride for equality and human rights.

Nina Sanzari S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with the NCLGBTQ Resource Center has been a deep honor and privilege. I have been photographing various events for the center for over a year now and each event is unique, uplifting and a celebration of the LGBTQ community at all levels. Not only is the center deeply committed to supporting the LGBTQ community and it's individual members but it serves as an incredible platform to the city, North County and San Diego at large for the fight for LGBTQ rights, laws and issues. Their most recent event, Pride By The Beach, was well planned and executed, family friendly, inspiring and spanned a wide range of LGBTQ folks including honoring the native peoples and tribes of Oceanside and San Diego. The inclusive environment that is fostered not only at Pride but daily by the center is what sets it apart. I am grateful for a place like the North County LGBTQ Resource Center who serves the LGBTQ community fully.

Jonathan K.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My family relocated from Northern to Southern California in early 2016, during this time my husband and I became acquainted with Max Disposti, Executive Director at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside, CA. Max immediately became a strong resource for us and the Center provided many more opportunities to get connected with the community. Eventually, after months of volunteering at the Center. I was brought on as a part-time case manager for Human Trafficking prevention. Max entrusted me to lead this program, which proved to be valuable and a huge asset for the LGBTQ community in North County as well as for the identification of men and boys. From the minimal donor support the Center receives, I was able to refer many clients to continue ongoing mental and physical health at the Center or through referrals provided by the Center. The North County Center continues to elevate the North County Community and beyond by implementing programs vital to the success of youth and adults alike. Without hesitation, I recommend the North County Center to anyone wanting to learn about North County, the LGBTQI community in San Diego County or requiring additional resources. It's the best community in Southern California.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great place for people to come together, from youth to seniors. You'll always find caring staff and volunteers, a wonderful library, great and varied activities, and interesting people to hang out with. The director is one of the best people I've ever met.

2 Donna M.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We all know what is happening nationwide, but it is the day to day personal crisis that so many people face locally that makes this center so valuable. The volunteers and staff provide guidance, support, and stability to the North County through a culture of personal experience, compassion and empathy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is essential to our community here in North County San Diego to provide a safe place for everyone to be who they are inside and out. The North County LGBTQ does just that...There are multiple groups avaible for people of all ages to meet and have a sense of togetherness to discuss whatever issues are on their minds. It is so important for everyone to have a place to come for support, love and understanding.

I am proud to support such an amazing group of people who provide services from HIV testing, support groups, individual therapy, and education for the public.

Support our LGBTQ! We must continue to educate our public so that we don't have to fight for rights that should rightfully belong to EVERYONE!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a parent of an LGBTQ teen, I can attest to the excellence of this particular center. The center has provided a sense of support and community for my daughter that has been very beneficial to her overall well-being. The center has offered numerous opportunities for her to: connect with her peers; develop leadership skills and network with positive adult role models in the LGBTQ community. We can’t say enough about how wonderful Max, Maria and Linda have been as mentors to our daughter and other youth/young adults at the center. This center is a valuable resource for the community and I sincerely hope it continues to thrive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This center provides a safe and attractive space for all members of the community. The staff and volunteers are friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable. I'm grateful for the support and social aspect of the senior women's group. I'm impressed with the extent and organization of the library. Most important to me, though, is the work being done to support our youth.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The center provides a safe space for members of the community and they help spread knowledge and education to the public while providing new opportunities to LGBT+ youth

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The center is one of the only places I feel safe about my sexuality and gender identity. Everyone there is accepting and open minded, and the therapy groups they provide for LGBT+ youth is very helpful and educating.

4 Arielle2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center has helped me in so many ways, supporting me. I'm an LGBTQ youth, identifying as Transgender and Pansexual. For about 3 years now, I have been going to the North County LGBTQ Resource Center to various LGBTQ events, meeting other youth and community leaders like me, going to educational workshops, as well as Group Therapy Support. Along with providing many supportive events and services, the Center has also helped me get more involved in my Community, opening up many doors for me to get more involved. After volunteering with the Center for about a year now, I have been able to now plan LGBTQ youth events, for youth like me. It's been such a great experience, teaching me skills such as: public speaking; leadership; advocacy; networking and time management skills. The North County LGBTQ Resource is more than just a LGBTQ Center, it's also a home, a home for me and many like me, offering a multitude of support and a family to those who need one. -Relle Goan

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The North County LGBTQ+ Resource Center has been like a second home to me. It's a place where I can go, and no matter how good or bad my week or day has been, it never fails to make my week a whole lot better. The Center has offered me so many services and a family, where everyone is respectful and loving to each other, a place where the right names and pronouns are always respected. It has made a huge difference in my life, teaching me to be the change that I want to see in the world, and that I'm never alone. I am forever grateful that the Center exists, because it has changed my life and so many others, making positive changes in the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really enjoy the Center because it is a safe place to hang out, talk and enjoy other people.

3 Paul218

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a secondary teacher GSA Advisor and the 2016 San Diego County Teacher of the Year, the Center provided me with resources to present my platform for LGBTQ Advocacy with my students and colleagues. Their community outreach, awareness workshops, public events, Project Youth, and a host of other functions provide confidence and build tolerance and acceptance for our community's youth. I was honored to receive the Center's Ambassador of the Year Award last year. Thank you Max, Maria, Melissa, Paige, Lisa and Linda for being part of a fantastic facility that welcomes everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best parts about this center is that nobody is ever turned away. Anyone who walks in the doors is treated with respect and dignity, including the homeless that we work to serve.

There are support groups that reach across so many different groups that this community supports, including intersex and non-binary, which are not nearly as common as you would think.

To be a part of this center and see the difference we make in every life that we touch is a great reward, and I hope to continue my work here for a long time to come.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wonderful space is full of love & light. I’m so inspired by everyone who works/volunteers at the LGBTQ center. I feel seen and heard.