DC Center Reopening FAQ

As we reopen, the DC Center is doing our best to meet the needs of our community while creating a safe environment for our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Please see below some of the information available about our space, our meetings, and other questions. We will update this information as necessary as the situation changes or we understand better what information people are looking for.

 

What are The DC Center’s hours of operation?

  • Mondays through Fridays from 12pm to 6pm
  • Saturdays from 11am to 3pm
  • Sundays is closed

 

Are support groups/meetings meeting in-person, virtually or hybrid?

Based on surveys and conversations with peer group facilitators and participants and abiding by social distancing guidelines, we are offering a hybrid (physical with webstation for Zoom) option for some while a completely virtual option for others, at each groups’ discretion.

 

Which groups/meetings, and when, are offering a hybrid (in-person with webstation) meeting option? (This list subject to change as groups choose to return to the DC Center’s offices)

Mondays: Coffee & Conversation from 10am to 12pm.

2nd Tuesday: Coming Out Group from 7 to 8:30pm.

3rd Saturday: KhushDC from 1:30 to 3:30pm.

 

Which groups/meetings, and when, are offering a virtual (Zoom) only meeting option?

Mondays: Center Aging Coffee Drop-In from 10am to 12pm
1st Monday of the Month: Center Aging Advocacy Meeting from 12:30 to 1:30pm.

2nd Tuesday: Trans Support Group from 7 to 9pm.
4th Tuesday: GenderQueer (with ASL) from 7 to 8pm.

1st, 3rd, 5th or last Wednesday: Job Club from 6 to 7pm.

5th or last Thursday: Queer Book Club from 7 to 9pm.

Fridays: Friday Tea Time from 2 to 4pm.
4th Friday: Women in their 20s & 30s (with ASL) from 8 to 9pm.

3rd Saturday: POC (People of Color) Support Group from 1 to 3pm.


Can I just walk-in to participate in a hybrid support group/meeting?

Currently, the Center is unable to accommodate walk-ups for peer support groups. Registration in advance will be required for peer support group meetings. Information in this regard will be circulated among peer support group leaders and participants as well as be listed on the Center’s website.

 

Are therapy meetings still being offered at the Center?

At this time the therapy meeting space is not being utilized, in the meanwhile seasons are being held virtual until 2022 and will be reevaluated at the beginning of the year.

 

When is the Center expected to open back up and what are some of the processes?

  • Monday October 4th; Monday through Friday 12 to 6pm; Saturday 11 to 3pm.
  • CyberSation social distance with three separate computers.
  • Peer and Support groups able to offer hybrid options depending on the comfort level of members and facilitators STARTING on the 13th. Option to sign up and come to join the Zoom meeting.
  • Mental Health services are to remain virtual at this time.
  • The Library and Lounge will have social distancing with fewer seats available to accommodate social distancing.
  • New and expanding clothing closet and food pantry for those in need of clothes and food.
  • The Art Gallery is opening up Saturday October 2nd with new artists. Art will be up for the next three months so it can be seen.

 

Now that the Center is reopening again, what kind of opportunities are available for those in the community who would like to get involved?

  • The best way to stay current with the Center’s activities is to subscribe to our newsletter int our website which comes out every week. This includes volunteer opportunities, information about art installation, monthly programs, and all different social media accounts to get news updates.
  • Volunteers wanting to become a support group facilitator are provided with the necessary training.
  • Joining a support group is the best way to stay connected to the Center and others in the community.
  • There is an events volunteer list to help in events like help preparing to open before events.
  • Members of the community can also join a board committee to help and learn how the Center works.

 

What will be the mitigation efforts to reopen the Center back safely?

  • Self-screenings will ask questions with regards to health symptoms.
  • Per DC law all staff are required to be vaccinated. However, proof of vaccinations or recent test are not going to be asked from community members.
  • In the center social distance practices and mask wearing will be mandated.
  • Peer support groups are being offered in hybrid format so those who are not feeling well do not feel obligated to come into the Center.
  • In accordance with CDC guidelines contact-tracing will be implemented so signup sheets will be mandatory for all who visit the center with their name, phone number and email address.
  • 2 portable air filters have been purchased for the DC Center’s meeting space. They are rated to filter down to .01 microns in size.

 

Are masks required at the Center?

Per CDC guidelines all staff/participants (2yrs or older) physically at the building are required to always wear masks to stop the spreading of COVID-19.

 

What will happen if either staff or participants test positive for COVID-19?

  • The Center will be closed until a full deep cleaning is completed.
  • Staff present/exposed will be asked to quarantine and work remotely until such time as they can provide a negative non-rapid COVID test, per CDC guidelines.
  • Participants/guests who visited 3-4 days prior will be notified of the potential exposure and be asked to contact the DC Center if they are showing symptoms.

 

Will social distancing be enforced at the Center?

The maximum number of people in the DC Center at one time has been adjusted to a maximum of 25 to 30 to accommodate enough space for social distancing.

 

What kind of sanitation procedures will be implemented to prevent the spread of the COVID-19?

  • Sneeze Guards will be installed at the Cyber Center and front desk, as well as 6-foot distance floor markers.
  • A sanitation station will be set up outside the Center that includes wipes/sanitizer, gloves, mask and health self-assessment.
  • Using a clean pen and used pen system, all who enter the Center will need to fill out a log for contact tracing purposes with information such as name, phone number and email address.
  • Cleaning and sanitation procedures will be implemented more frequently throughout the day.
  • Air purification system will be provided for various spaces within the Center.

 

If I am unwilling or unable to comply with mask mandates, will I be turned away from the Center?

To enter the DC Center, you will be asked to wear a mask. If someone is unwilling or unable to wear a mask and/or mentions health issues, assistance will be provided to them outside the DC Center in the Atrium to the best of our staff’s ability. We ask that everyone consider that many people come through the DC Center on a regular basis, so it’s important to make sure everyone is protecting the community by doing what we can. 

 

If rates of COVID continue to rise in DC will the Center remain open?

Federal and local guidelines will be closely monitored and adhered to, up to and including closing the Center due to an increase in COVID cases in the DC area to ensure the safety of our employees and constituents.

DC Center reopens to the Public

Relaying information about the DC Center's reopening

The DC Center Reopens to the public Monday, October 4th!

 

The DC Center is excited to announce that we are reopening to the public effective Monday, October 4th. After providing services virtually nonstop since March 2020, we are overjoyed to welcome the community back into our space. We are going to be modifying how we provide services, please check out some of the information below to know how we’re keeping the community safe, as well as how we are asking the community to help protect the staff and others at The DC Center.

 

Hours of Operation

The DC Center will resume our normal office hours of 12 pm – 6 pm Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11 am – 3 pm. We are still located at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 105.

Expectations

As grantees of the DC government, The DC Center staff fall under Mayor Bowser’s vaccine mandate, so all staff are required to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID testing. While we are not mandating vaccinations from our participants, we are asking people to wear masks that cover mouths and noses securely (disposable masks are available at the entrance to the DC Center), and self-screen for common COVID-19 symptoms (fever/shakes, recent loss of sense of smell, congestion, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, etc) and ask for assistance outside the DC Center’s offices if they aren’t feeling well.

FAQ

Services available

The DC Center will be making some changes to the way we operate, especially in how we have our peer support groups. Please click here for Hybrid Peer Support Group information. Otherwise services are listed below with a quick summary of changes in how we operate

Cyber Center: Reduced capacity, 3 people at once. If someone is waiting to use the services, we will discuss what makes sense with everyone trying to use the Cyber Center.

Mental Health Services: Mental Health Services will be remote for the time being. If you are interested in receiving services, you can email supportdesk@thedccenter.org to get started.

Lounge: Our lounge has been rearranged to help promote social distancing, as has our Meeting Room Space.

Clothing Closet: Our Clothing Closet has been relocated and better organized to help people more easily access it.

Food Pantry: Our Food Pantry is being restocked, as much of the donated food had expired during the pandemic.

Referrals/Service Linkages: These are happening in person or can be accessed by calling our Main desk at (202) 682-2245, or via email at Supportdesk@thedccenter.org

 

 

Center Faith Interfaith Intersectional Forums in 2021

Center Faith Interfaith Intersectional Forums. First and third Tuesdays of the month, 7pm. Livestreamed by The DC Center.

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Center Faith, the multitude of denominations that make up Center Faith are coming together to remember, reflect, share their stories, and celebrate the commonalities that bring them together.

 

On July 6th, Center Faith began their intersectional forums by answering the question “Why is it important to record our history?”

The video is available via FB videos

 

On July 27th, Center Faith began inviting different members of the faith community to reflect on the AIDS Quilt, where they were in their faith journey, and trace the changes from then to today by answering the questions “What was your community experience with the Names Quilt?” and “How did you faith and faith community support you during this time?”

The video is available via FB Videos

 

On 8/17, Center Faith discussed how the Names Project Quilt Initiated Interfaith Cooperation.

The video is available via FB videos

DC Center – Closed Effective 3/16/20

Image of the Coronavirus and the works COVID-19

Taking guidance and recommendations about social distancing from the DC government and the CDC, effective Monday, March 16th, The DC Center for the LGBT Community’s office will be closed. Staff are still working remotely, and will be checking emails and voicemails multiple times each day. Please reach out to supportdesk@thedccenter.org to connect with the DC Center, as we are still able to provide services and support.

If you are interested in attending support groups remotely, please reach out to your facilitator or supportdesk@thedccenter.org and we can provide options for remote meetings using conference lines.

The situation is changing rapidly, please refer to the CDC’s website and coronavirus.dc.gov for up-to-date information on what you can do to help prevent and slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

The DC Center team will be meeting regularly to assess the situation and rest assured that we will open as soon as it is safe to do so, as we know that many of our clients and participants are vulnerable and will need support. If you are able, please consider donating and supporting organizations that provide food, medicine, and other support to marginalized populations. 

 

If you are facing a life threatening situation or seeking immediate care:

DC Mobile Crisis: 202-673-9300
DC Shelter Hotline: 202.399.7093 or 311
Maryland Mobile Crisis: 240-777-4000
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
LGBTQ under 25: Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386
LGBTQ National Help Center (all ages – various lines/hours): 888-843-4564 www.glbthotline.org

 

Volunteers Needed for Capital Pride Interfaith Service

Volunteers Needed for Capital Pride Interfaith Choir

The Capital Pride Interfaith Service is an “integrated service” respectfully demonstrating the breadth, depth, and sincerity of our faith, exposing the lie that anti-gay fundamentalists have a monopoly on faith and religion. We take pride that our community expresses its religious faiths in a myriad of ways, each sacred and revered with years of tradition. This event is with input from across the community annually by Center Faith. The 37th Anniversary Pride Interfaith Celebration will feature the theme that coincides with the Capital Pride celebration.

We are looking for volunteers to help plan the event, as well as help promote the event and provide support during the service.

For more information Contact: Eric Eldritch, (202) 309-5486     e.eldritch@thedccenter.org

To know more about Center Faith, to volunteer in a variety of ways visit thedccenter.org/faith.

This is a free event. If your church, temple, synagogue or faith community would like to sponsor the Pride Interfaith Service you may sign up and make your donation below.   Alternatively, you can mail a check made payable to the DC Center (attention Center Faith) to The DC Center for the LGBT Community, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 105, Washington DC  20005.

Join the Rainbow History Project’s Board of Directors!

Rainbow History Project (RHP) is seeking a few more passionate and hardworking people to join their Board of Trustees.

About Us
The mission of the RHP is to collect, preserve, and promote an active knowledge of the history, arts, and culture relevant to sexually diverse communities in metropolitan Washington DC.  In pursuit of this, RHP collects and maintains an archive of historic documents, audio and video recordings, oral histories from community members and other materials; maintains a database of places and spaces of significance to our community; and presents public panels on topics of historic significance.

We Value Diversity
RHP’s mission can be accomplished only if their collection, volunteer corps, leadership and programming reflect and represent the full diversity of those communities and their allies. They are committed to seeking out the active participation and involvement of individuals of all backgrounds — particularly those from under-represented groups — who agree with and are committed to carrying out the goals of the organization.

How to Apply
To apply for consideration for a seat on the RHP Board, please send an email describing your interest and relevant experience, or a resume, to info@rainbowhistory.org.  Please also provide three references who can vouch for your talent and dedication.

More information about Rainbow History Project can be found at www.rainbowhistory.org

Job Opportunity- National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Intern

Creating Change 2019 Paid Internship Available!

 

The National LGBTQ Task Force seeks an intern to work with the Creating Change Conference team to bring Creating Change 2020 to Dallas, Texas, January 15th-19, 2020. This position is in our Washington, DC office.

 

Availability: November 4, 2019 – Feb. 14, 2020, inclusive of on-site work at Creating Change 2019

The Creating Change Intern works on a variety of tasks, including participation in planning meetings for Creating Change, management of inventory and supply lines and data management pertinent to the Conference. Candidates with a strong commitment to LGBTQ equality who are also enthusiastic, strategic thinkers, have a detail oriented work ethic and are self-motivated are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a paid internship at $15/hour for up to 100 hours a month.

 

To Apply:                                                              

Please submit a cover letter stating:

  • Why you would like to work as a Creating Change Conference intern with the National LGBTQ Task Force
  • What you think you can contribute to the Task Force through your work on the Creating Change Conference
  • If you have attended the Creating Change Conference, please share your impressions about the experience
  • The days of the week and hours of the day during which you are available

Please email documents to the attention of creatingchange@thetaskforce.org by October 4, 2019.

Include in the subject line: Creating Change Intern Application.

 

Planned Parenthood in Residence Event Series!

For more than 80 years, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC (PPMW) has provided high quality, affordable reproductive health care to the Washington, DC community.

To announce the launch of two new health care offerings, gender affirming care and primary care, PPMW has teamed up with The Outrage, an activist apparel company.

The Outrage Store
1722 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

  • Sept 23, 6:00pm-7:00pm – My Body. My Care. Gender Affirming Care with Dr. Serina Floyd, Medical DirectorPPMW
  • Sept 24, 6:00pm-7:00pm – Transforming Health Care: Announcing PPMW Primary Care with Dr. Ryan Montoya, Program Director, Primary Care ServicesPPMW
  • Sept 25, 4:30pm-5:30pm – How to be Engaged in Fighting for Access to Reproductive Health with Betsy Harned, VP Public Affairs, PPMW

For RSVP and more info, go to bit.ly/PPatOutrage