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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
I really enjoy the Center because it is a safe place to hang out, talk and enjoy other people.
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!
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.
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.
I came to Oceanside back in February 2012, and soon after, in October 2012, I found North County LGBTQ Resource Center. Ever since, I finally found a community and second family. NCLGBTQRC has been amazing on my journey of self discovery and personal development! I'm greatful to have this nonprofit around, as I have used it's resources offered in times of need, which have been many.
The North County LGBTQ Resource Center saved my life when I was lost. I was introduced to the center when I was going through some difficult times back in 2014, and ever since then I haven't stopped coming. They are family to me now. They provide amazing resources; Men's and women's coming out groups, Youth programs, Gay-Straight Alliances support, PFLAG, transgender programs, HIV positive support groups and so many more! I'm eternally greatful for them and all the work they have done.
We are very fortunate to have the North County LGBTQ Resource Center. A very energetic organization that offers support groups, counseling, educational services and so much more.
What a great center for the LGBTQIA community in the North County! The atmosphere is welcoming and caring with the clients needs and goals in mind. Dont let the smaller size of this Center fool you....there is A LOT of positive and progressive work being done here. Not only a warm resource center but a fun place -and safe space- to spend time with friends and family! Yes....Family!!
Who would have thought this amazing gem would exist in North County San Diego. Thank you to the many volunteers and donars who have polished this gem to perfection and making it shine so bright. And a special thanks to Max and Linda for the amzing leadership and support to the LGBTQI community. Your continued support of gender related education and supports groups is something I wish I saw in all LGBT centers, you are truly setting a new standard of excellence ❤️
The North County Center is a true diamond in the rough and its purpose serves many families, children and members of the community. I first came to the center for support. I saw the great work they were doing so I became a donor. And now I am volunteering my services as chair for the Gender Advocacy Project and could not be more proud of this organization. The work being done at this center is truly inspiring especially when you hear it first hand from the youths themselves.
I just started volunteering some of my time at the LGBTQ Resource center and it has been great to be involved with such motivated individuals that make this center a safe place for others to express themselves for who they are and provide life saving resources. I'm very grateful to be a part of this community and have the opportunity to educate myself on the LGBTQ culture.
As an ally I have been looking for a place to contribute my time and talents and be involved in a community rooted in the values I live my life following. Three years later, I have been honored to become part of the Center's family and look forward to many more years supporting it's Mission. The organization is founded in solid board practices, transparent goals and planning and lots of wonderful loving people. At the heart of the Center is it's mission toward LGBTQIA youth, however the programs and support that the Center runs are a reflection of the direct needs of the community.