Grand Opening: Downtown Day Services Center

The Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID) has launched  the Downtown Day Services Center for individuals experiencing homelessness. The new center is located in the basement of the New York Ave Presbyterian Church (1313 New York Ave NW).

The center is open Mon-Fri 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM pm and provides free services for individuals of all ages experiencing homelessness utilizing a Housing First method to connect folks with supportive services. These services include drop-in access to:

-Food and beverages (served from 11;30 AM to 1:00 PM, and after if they have extra)

-Restroom and shower facilities

-Laundry machines

-Computer/Internet Access

-Social activities and entertainment

Through a partnership with the DC Department of Employment services, DC Department of Health, DC DMV, Economic Security Administration, Unity Health Care and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless the Day Center also provides:

-Housing Services

-Case Management

-‘Disability’ application assistance

-Healthcare

-Harm Reduction services

-Employment assistance

-Non-driver Identifications

-Legal Services

-Vital Records

With the support of DC Department of Human Services, Pathways to Housing DC and HIPS the Day Center uses a holistic approach to serve it’s population. Although the center has not publicized it’s measures to be inclusive towards the LGBTQ+ community, we know that the design team has taken great measures to make the space comfortable and cozy to all.  Department of Employment Services is typically on site on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Department of Motor Vehicles is typically on site on Wedneesdays.   Pathways to Housing and HIPS are typically on site daily.

For More information: https://dhs.dc.gov/page/day-services-centers or (202) 383-8810

Job Opening at Wanda Alston Foundation

The Wanda Alston is currently looking for a Case Manager.  The Case Manager provides youth-centered, trauma informed case management services for eight to twelve LGBTQ young adults ages 18-24, who live in Wanda Alston Foundation transitional living program. The Case Manger uses clinical skills to develop and track individual service plans/treatment plans for each resident addressing client needs i.e. connection to medical and mental health services, accessing public benefits/resources, budgeting, permanent and stable housing, etc. The Case Manager works with house staff to implement tasks, directives, and intervention to assist residents in meeting their treatment plan goals.

To learn more, please click the link below to download the job announcement.   If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to: contactus@wandaalstonfoundation.org.

Case Manager Job Announcement

Job Opening at SONG

Southerners on New Ground

Southerners on new ground (SONG) is hiring to help support their ever growing work and our membership across the South. SONG is looking for looking for a Communications Fellow, Development Fellow, Operations Support and Facilities Support to join the team!

Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of Black people, people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South.

You can find job descriptions and more information about how to apply in links below:

Development Fellow
Communications Fellow
Operations Support
Facilities Support

Committee Volunteer Opportunities at the DC Center

Committee Volunteer Opportunities

The DC Center Board of Directors invites you to get more involved in our work by joining one of these board committees.  You do not need to be a Board Member to serve on a Board Committee. These committees are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the DC Center and find out if the board might be a good fit for you. Here are the committees currently seeking volunteers.

Fund Development Committee – The fund development committee supports the fiscal viability and sustainability of the DC Center. The committee focuses on our signature annual fundraising events, our Center Associates (monthly supporters of the DC Center), Professional Partners (our business partners), and individual donations. If you are interested in serving on this committee please reach out to Luke Scuitto at luke@thedccenter.org

Finance Committee – The finance committee assures the financial stability of the DC Center by advising the board on budget, investments, financial protocols, and financial statements. If you are interested in serving on the Finance Committee please reach out to Tiera Craig at tiera@thedccenter.org

Communications Committee – The communications committee assists with press releases, social media strategy, and outreach efforts. If you are interested in being part of the communications committee contact Rebecca Bauer at rebecca@thedccenter.org.

Board Development Committee – The Board Development Committee supports the Board in recruitment, retention, recognition, and succession of Directors, including the preparation of nominations for Director and Officer positions and guiding the training and strategic planning processes of the board. If you are interested in serving on the Board Development Committee please contact Rehana Mohammed at rehanna@thdccenter.org.

For more volunteer opportunities please check out the volunteer page of our website. You can also like Center Volunteers on facebook at fb.com/centervolunteers or follow Center Volunteers on twitter at twitter.com/centervolunteer.

 

 

 

 

Youth Working Group Mini-Grants

Youth Mini Grants

The Youth Working Group at the DC Center for the LGBT Community is proud to announce it has awarded $750 in grants to three LGBTQ youth groups. The recipients are the Anacostia Senior High School Gay Straight Alliance, the Paint Branch High School Gender & Sexuality Alliance, and The Future Foundation’s Six Color Support Circle.

The students at Paint Branch High School appreciate that the mini grant will enable them to plan a new event, Let’s Go Be Together! (LGBT!). Their vision for the event is a fair, designed by and for LGBTQIA+ teens, where they can celebrate diversity, and encourage companionship among middle and high school GSAs in Montgomery County.

The students at Anacostia Senior High School look forward to using the funds to create posters, flyers and badges with their new logo, to purchase snacks for their meetings, and to cover miscellaneous field trip expenses so they can attend a SMYAL or youth pride event.

The Six Color Support Circle, a group led by The Future Foundation for LGBTQI youth ages 13-21, has presented a variety of successful events, from co-hosting Youth Pride to their recent Ugly Sweater Winter Social. They are excited to use the grant to create flyers so they can enhance their outreach and serve even more youth in 2019.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 mini grant recipients!

Health Information for LGBTQ Veterans

Health Information for LGBTQ Veterans

Sexual and gender minority Veterans have faced stigma and discrimination, which can affect health. As a healthcare institution, we need to work to make sure that Veterans with LGBT and related identities know that they are welcome at VA.

Available Health Care Services

There is an LGBT VCC at every facility to help you get the care you need. Contact the LGBT VCC at your nearest facility.

VA health care includes, among other services:

  • Hormone treatment
  • Substance use/alcohol treatment
  • Tobacco use treatment
  • Treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections/PrEP
  • Intimate partner violence reduction and treatment of after effects
  • Heart health
  • Cancer screening, prevention and treatment

Does my sexual orientation or gender identity matter to my health care?

As a result of stigma, stress, and discrimination, Veterans with LGBT and related identities face increased health risks and unique challenges in health care. We want you to be comfortable talking with your VA providers about all aspects of your life, so we can offer you the best care possible.

Learn about health risks and why you should talk to your provider about your sexual orientation identity, birth sex, and self-identified gender identity in the fact sheets below.

Questions

Why do you use the term “LGBT and related identities?”

Are there any providers specializing in transgender Veteran care in my area?

How do I get transition-related care at the VA?

Why are there resources being devoted to LGBT Veterans?

Information from the US Dept. of Veteran Affairs.

Summer Employment Opportunity for DC Youth

Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program

The DC Center is wants to hear from youth in the District of Columbia who are interested in working with us through the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program.

The Summer Youth Employment Program is a locally funded initiative sponsored by the Department of Employment Services that provides District youth ages 14 to 21 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors such as The DC Center.  This year the program will begin on Monday, June 24, 2019 and will end on Friday, August 2, 2019.   This is a great way to gain useful work experience and get paid.

For details on the program and to fill out an application, visit DC’s Department of Employment Services website at summerjobs.dc.gov. If you apply to summer youth employment program and are specifically interested in working with The DC Center, email supportdesk@thedccenter.org with a brief statement of interest.

The deadline for applications is February 16th, 2019.

Be an Advocate for LGBTQ Older Adults

Be an Advocte for LGBTQ Older Adults

Now is an important time to speak out about the needs of LGBTQ Older Adults in the District of Columbia.  The following events are important opportunities for LGBTQ older adults and their allies to share their experiences and needs.

Senior Budget Engagement Telephone Town Hall
Monday February 11th at 12:00 PM
Join with fellow DC residents at this forum to share your values, priorities, and ideas with the Bowser Administration. – to RSVP for this event call 202 442-8150.  Please note: this event is specifically for seniors.

Oversight Hearing for the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs
The Committee on Government Operations chaired by Council Member Brandon Todd, will hold an oversight hearing on Wednesday,  February 13th.   The hearing is for community affairs offices including the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs.  The hearing will start at 10:00 AM in Room 412 of the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW) .  Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the preceding agencies may email governmentoperations@dccouncil.us or call 202.724.6668

Oversight Hearing for the Office of Aging
The Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization, chaired by Council Member Anita Bonds will hold a hearing on Thursday February 14th beginning at 9:30 AM.  This hearing will  include the Office of Aging, Commission on Aging, and Age Friendly DC Task Force.  This is an excellent space to speak out about the lives and experiences of of LGBTQ older adults.   Persons wishing to testify about the performance of the agency may contact: Oscar Montiel (omontiel@dccouncil.us) or by call 202.724.8198.

If you cannot attend these hearings in person, consider submitting written comments.  Also, consider sharing your written comments with the DC Center if you would like to see them posted on our website.  Thanks for your commitment to LGBTQ older adults.

You are also invited to be part of our ongoing conversation about programs and services for LGBTQ older adults in the District.  Follow Center Aging on twitter at twitter.com/centeraging, or on facebook at facebook.com/centeraging.   There is also a google group you can join by visiting our website thedccenter.org/aging.

DC Council Oversight Hearings

District of Columbia Oversight Hearings

The Council of the District of Columbia Oversight Hearings will begin Wednesday, February 6, 2019 and conclude on Friday, March 1, 2019 and will take place in the Council Chamber (Room 500), Room 412, Room 123, and Room 120 of the John A. Wilson Building: 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.; Washington, D C 2 0 0 0 4 .

Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit written testimony in advance of each hearing to the committee at which you are testifying. If a written statement cannot be provided prior to the day of the hearing, please have at least 10 copies of your written statement available on the day of the hearing for immediate distribution to the Council. Unless otherwise stated by the Committee, the hearing record will close two business days following the conclusion of each respective hearing. Persons submitting
written statements for the record should observe this deadline. For more information about the Council’s budget performance oversight hearing schedule, please contact the committee of interest.

Hearings that may be of particular interest to the LGBTQ community are listed below.  For a complete list click here.Committee on the

Judiciary & Public Safety Chairperson Charles Allen

2/6/19; Council Chamber Rm 500,
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Office of Victim Services & Justice Grants
Persons wishing to testify may email: judiciary@dccouncil.us or by calling 202.727.8275
Committee on Health Chairperson Vincent Gray
2/8/19; Rm 412
10:00 am – End
  • Department of Health
Persons wishing to testify about the performance of the agency may contact Malcom Cameron (mcameron@dccouncil.us) or by calling 202.654.6179
Committee on Government Operations Chairperson Brandon Todd
2/13/19; Rm 412
10:00 am – End
  • Office of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning Affairs
Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the preceding agencies may email governmentoperations@dccouncil.us or by calling 202.724.6668
Committee on Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Chairperson Anita Bonds
2/14/19; Council Chamber Room 500
9:30 am – End
  • District of Columbia Office on Aging
Persons wishing to testify about the performance of the agency may contact: Oscar Montiel (omontiel@dccouncil.us) or by calling 202.724.8198
Committee on Government Operations Chairperson Brandon Todd
2/14/19; Room 120
10:00 am – End
  • Office on African Affairs
  • Office of African American Affairs
  • Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
  • Office of Latino Affairs
Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the preceding agencies may email governmentoperations@dccouncil.us or by calling 202.724.6668
Committee on Human Services Chairperson Brianne Nadeau
2/21/19; Council Chamber (Room 500)
10:00 am – End
  • Department of Disability Services

Persons wishing to testify about the performance of the agency may email: humanservices@dccouncil.us or by calling 202.724.8170

Joint Hearing with Committee on Education & Committee of the Whole
Chairperson David Grosso & Chairman Phil Mendelson
2/21/19; Room 412
  • Office of the State Superintendent

Persons wishing to testify about the performance of the agency may do so online at http://bit.do/educationhearings or by calling 202.724.8061

Committee on Facilities & Procurement Chairperson Robert C. White, Jr.
2/21/19; Room 120
10:00 am – End
  • Office of Returning Citizen Affairs

Persons wishing to testify about the performance of the agency may email: facilities@dccouncil.us or by calling 202.741.8593

Committee on Finance & Revenue Chairperson Jack Evans
2/22/19; Room 412
10:00 am – End
  • Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Persons wishing to testify about the performance of the agency may contact: Sarina Loy (sloy@dccouncil.us) or by calling 202.724.8058

Committee on Human Services Chairperson Brianne Nadeau
2/26/19; Room 123
11:00 am – End
  • Child and Family Services Agency

Persons wishing to testify about the performance of the agency may email: humanservices@dccouncil.us or by calling 202.724.8170

Committee on Labor & Workforce Development Chairperson Elissa Silverman
2/27/19; Room 123
10:00 – End
  • Department of Employment Services (Public Witnesses Only)

Persons wishing to testify about the performance of the agency may contact: Charnisa Royster (croyster@dccouncil.us) or by calling 202.724.7772

Committee on Government Operations Chairperson Brandon Todd
2/28/19; Room 120
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Office of Human Rights
Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the preceding agencies may email governmentoperations@dccouncil.us or by calling 202.724.6668

Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety Chairperson Charles Allen

3/1/19; Room 123
1:00 pm – End
  • Department of Corrections
Persons wishing to testify may email: judiciary@dccouncil.us or by calling 202.727.8275