Mission: The mission of The Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County is to provide services to ensure the physical, psychological, and social well being of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and HIV/AIDS affected community. These services include activities intended to foster community respect, understanding, and acceptance of gender, cultural diversity, and sexual orientation.
Results: We are at an exciting time in our history. Our programs are multiplying and we are serving more and more people. Recently, we have added Senior Services, Adoption and Fostercare adoption services, and more youth services. We intend to increase our programming for families with children and to offer more educational and cultural programming.
Target demographics: Our services are available to all people regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity--regardless of ANYTHING!
Geographic areas served: Orange County
Programs: Youth daily drop in program; Youth support groups; Youth activist group. Programming for adults +55. Advocacy and Civil Rights. HIV/AIDS Prevention and testing; Sliding scale mental health. Adoption and fostercare referral. Young Professionals Group.
The Center OC is a prime example of an Orange County nonprofit doing more with less in these tough times-- with all of their programs and services growing exponentially while they find creative, innovative ways to support the growth. I have personally seen The Center grow from having a youth program that meets once a week, to providing youth empowerment services 6 days a week. They have also expanded their mental heatlh services, which is one of the few sliding scale mental health providers in Orange County that is also LGBT-affirmative, in order to meet the needs for not only the LGBT community here, but also for the heterosexual community as well. They are a true asset to Orange County as a whole.