Mission: Rainbow Serenity is an organization that is provided to the public that shall provide all people, with emphasis in the LGBT community with a safe, educational, and label free atmosphere. This Organization will be an active role in creating an educational venue by providing for all diversified and open minded individuals in every culture and lifestyle. Rainbow Serenity and the governing board will provide resources in order to educate and unify all people regardless of any uniqueness. Rainbow Serenity is a foundation to build a hate free environment. The agenda of Rainbow Serenity is not to identify with any social class or status, but to rather learn from each other’s individuality, doing it’s best at removing labels and stereotypes.
Results: We spent a lot of time this year fundraising to file our 501c3 Application. We have had public outreach events, provided support over the phone and in person, making our name known everywhere. We presented at Equality Forum 2012 in Philly. And are now filing for our 501c3 and plan on acquiring a building shortly after.
UPDATE: July 2013
We are an official 501(c)(3) organization!
Target demographics: the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally (Straight Supporter) Community
Geographic areas served: Northwest Indiana & surrounding areas
Programs: LGBT all ages Programs. LGBT Youth Programs (ages 10-24) Community Outreach/Education; Health & Wellness Education; Leadership Development & Life Skills; Recreational & Social Activities; Support; Vocational. LGBT Older Adults Programs (ages 55 and over) Education; Health and Wellness; Intergenerational Programs. Arts/Culture Programs, Community Meeting Space; Film Festivals/Screenings or Discussions; Organizing Local Pride Celebrations. Legal Services
Hate Crimes Reporting; LGBT Friendly Legal Referrals. Information/Education Services, Business and Professional Networks; Employment Counseling/Training; Newspapers/Publications; Recreational Programs; Referrals to Local LGBT-Friendly Businesses. Physical Health Programs
Discussion or Support Groups; Domestic Abuse Counseling; Fitness Programs; Health Promotion and Education; LGBT Friendly Referrals; STD/HIV Outreach and Education; STD/HIV Prevention. Mental Health Programs, Peer Led Services and Groups; Referral Services.
Brandon Wagman from Rainbow Serenity got involved (without us even having to ask him) when my wife and I were having problems getting our civil union license issued at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Illinois (we live in Indiana). He put us in touch with Caroline and Bernard from Equality Illinois and because of that we WERE able to get our license and our civil union! This speaks volumes of the kind of caring, compassionate person that Brandon is and what kind of organization Rainbow Serenity is. I can't wait to become more involved in this awesome group!
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Rainbow Serenity is an outstanding organization not only representing the LGBT CommUNITY but over all tolerance and respect of all. I have witnessed consistant compassion, organization, and dedication from all members n volunteers. They serve with purpose and clarity. The events i have seen have been very benificial for the community and have provided safe venue, fun and educational agenda. i am honoured to know this dedicated group of people. Thank you Rainbow Serenity for Showing the Communities that LGBT Groups truly can make a difference, have fun and still remain very professional.
Rose Fier, D.D., RMT, RM