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    Renovation Will Bring New and Expanded Services to the SF LGBT Center

    BT 3.24 fix_Page_15_Image_0001By Rebecca Rolfe

    Imagine the SF LGBT Center–a hub of connection, resources, and opportunity–with even greater vibrancy. Our building renovation will create long-term sustainability for generations to come. We are designing a more efficient floor plan, transforming our lobby to make it more inviting, and are creating new community meeting spaces.

    We are also tripling the amount of affordable nonprofit office space available. Our nonprofit partners will provide even more resources for the clients and visitors who are participating in our cutting edge programs today.

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    We are thrilled to announce that API Wellness Center will open a primary care clinic and offer behavioral health and prevention services on site.

    UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health will provide counseling, HIV testing, and wellness services.

    Bay Area Legal Aid will open their San Francisco offices at the Center, and will provide legal services to the most vulnerable among us. Their broad range of focus includes domestic violence, housing, and employment support.

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    Aguilas, a current tenant, will continue to provide HIV prevention programs, counseling, and support services for gay and bi- Latino men.

    We are excited to expand our offerings to the community by partnering with these dynamic organizations. What is equally exciting is this renovation will be fully funded by a new federal financing vehicle: New Market Tax Credits.

    San Francisco is currently experiencing a significant affordability crisis that is hugely impacting the most vulnerable in our community: youth and transgender community members, and those with low to moderate income. The Center’s work is more important today than ever before. We are helping people find jobs, affordable housing, and providing support to homeless LGBT youth. The demand for our services grows every day, and we will continue to operate our programs throughout the renovation and beyond.

    We ask you to join us in investing in the Center so that we can continue to support tens of thousands of community members this year. Please join us for our annual fundraising Soiree, celebrating our 14th anniversary, on Saturday, April 9, at the Terra Art Gallery. Our theme, “The Imaginarium,” will unleash the creative power of our community.

    The soiree will include a fabulous party with music, dancing, live entertainment, hosted bar, and hors d’oeuvres. Party tickets are still available at $95 each. Purchase tickets today at sfcenter.org and join us as we imagine together the possibilities for a stronger and healthier community!

    Rebecca Rolfe is the Executive Director of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center.