Mission: Connecting people, resources, and opportunities, so together we can build a strong and healthy lgbt community, and a more welcoming and equitable world
Programs: Community center / facility: the center owns and operates a 35,000 square foot building at 1800 market street. We provided community resources including a cybercenter, a reading room, and public art displays; housed 4 non-profit organizations; and hosted approximately 750 meetings and/or events in the year ending june 30, 2017.
economic development program: in employment services, we connected with over 1,000 job seekers through hosting 2 career fairs, workshops, support groups and networking events. Of those individuals, we provided 350 clients with one-on-one employment services and/or vocational case management, placed 100 individuals in jobs, matched 25 transgender clients with career mentors, and through a collaborative project provided legal services for 200 transgender job seekers. In small business services, we provided training and/or technical assistance to 80 businesses, including support with developing business plans and help securing growth capital. Our financial services programs provided financial education to 1100 participants; the first-time homebuyer program provided educational workshops to 500 participants and financial counseling for 50 people. Finally, we hosted economic empowerment month with 17 events, reaching more than 1000 attendees, and 100 employers and community partners.
community programs: includes youth programs; health and wellness; arts & culture; and community and policy initiatives. Through our youth programs we provide arts & culture, empowerment, social networking and linkages to social services for lgbt youth ages 18 - 24. We served 300 youth through our meal nights, workshops and drop in services, field trips and social events. Our health and wellness work includes information and referral services (providing information to over 6000 inquires this year, with a priority on health & wellness and safety net services). Our arts & culture work includes 9 visual arts exhibits, over 40 cultural events for the community and transgender day of visibility. Community and policy initiatives include a volunteer program (training 90 volunteers and managing a pool of over 700 volunteers).
I volunteered at the SF LGBT center years back when they had initially remodeled their facility, and I was very impressed with the services they offered. They had a day care component, cafe, and a range of programs to help expand community outreach for LGBT programs. Since then, I have been to the LGBT center during the No on Prop 8 activities, and I think they serve an important value for the community at large.