Youngstown, Ohio (WKBN) — Full Spectrum Community Outreach has not had an in-person location since last April. But on Wednesday they signed paperwork for the new center and the facility that will be used as an LGBTQ+ shelter.
Full Spectrum is working to set up a new permanent center on the site of the old Hope House.
“You can have group meetings, support groups, training here,” says founder and CEO Tim Boltner.
Boatner said the group met last year at Youngstown’s Unitarian Universalist Church, and members are excited to move.
“LGBT-friendly organizations within the community can come here and participate,” Boltner said.
The center also has an outdoor space.
Bortner: “This is absolutely my favourite.”
First News Reporter Desirae Gostlin: “Ok, why?”
Bortner: “I love the outdoors and think mental health is very important to our clients.”
Purchase includes property converted to LGBTQ+ transitional house. The location remains private due to safety and privacy concerns.
“The closest 100% LGBT-friendly transitional house is 40 miles (40 miles) from here,” Boltner said. “We had about five homeless clients last month, so we had to find a place for them to go.”
Director of Client Care Gjergj Haxhiu has helped people find housing and heard heartbreaking stories of discrimination.
“Transgender people who have gone through the whole process are going through hormone therapy, being put on a list of surgeries, going through everything and still can’t be themselves,” Haxhiu said. rice field.
Full Spectrum is still raising money for both the shelter and the center and still needs about $35,000 to cover the full cost of the purchase. The group Online fundraising campaign to collect money.
For more information about the organization, please visit its website.
https://www.wkbn.com/news/local-news/lgbtq-nonprofit-group-working-to-set-up-new-center-shelter/ Full Spectrum Community Outreach LGBTQ+ nonprofit working to establish new center and shelter in Youngstown, Ohio