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Nonprofit Overview

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 3,000 people. We have established 12 different programs and open our Resource Center for every day 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

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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!

2

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.

2

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.

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

1

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.

3 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

Previous Stories
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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.

2 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!

2

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.

2

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.