LGBT Center of Greater Reading

The LGBT Center of Reading

aka The LGBT Center of Greater Reading   |   Reading, PA   |  www.lgbtcenterofreading.com

Mission

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading creates, administers, and provides services, advocacy, and support to the Greater Reading LGBTQ+ community, and our allies, with the goal that all may live a life of fulfillment, inclusion and celebration.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Michelle Renee Dech

President

Mr Tim Greusel

Main address

1501 N. 13TH Street

Reading, PA 19604 USA

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EIN

81-3191097

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Single Organization Support (A11)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading creates, develops, and implements services and programs to meet the needs of those in the LGBTQ+ community that are at-risk for health disparities, homelessness, suicide ideation, isolation, substance abuse, risky behavior, etc. We also work to meet the needs of those seeking basic assistance and guidance. We offer support groups, reference & referral services, advocacy and we provide professional development training to social service agencies, businesses, civic organizations, schools, higher learning institutions, police departments, government offices, churches, etc. We host an array of art programs, healthy events, and community engagement activities to ensure we are visible advocates in our community.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Common Community

This is professionally led support group for the 50+ LGBT community.

Population(s) Served

A professionally led support group for the parents of newly self-identified LGBT youth who are struggling with their child's sexual orientation or gender identity/expression

Population(s) Served

A group for adults 18-49 years old to build social connections and to improve the quality of life.

Population(s) Served

This group is open to 18 plus adults designed to explore spiritual injury, religion vs spirituality, reconciling one's sexual orientation or gender identity with childhood faith, finding new ways to connect to the Spiritual, sculpting a spirituality that is consistent with one's life experience and come home to one's innate Spiritual Self

Population(s) Served

Drop in Center group for youth 14-18 years old. We provide education, mentoring, food, clothing, toiletries, and a safe space for youth to be themselves.

Population(s) Served

Hybrid group for youth 7 - 13 years old and their parents, guardians. Both meet simultaneously; youth is activity based meeting (art) and parents meet other parents going through the same challenges.

Population(s) Served

This group is for those that identify as Transgender, non-binary, gender queer, gender diverse. We offer a safe place to be yourself.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Certificate of completion: 66-hour Domestic/sexual violence advocate 2019

Affiliations & memberships

66-hour Training Certificate Domestic/sexual violence advocate 2019

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading seeks to dramatically reduce health disparities, increase mental and physical well-being overall, reduce healthcare costs and increase longevity.
We seek to ensure our community is treated with equity in all aspects and we seek to educate the Greater Reading area in all aspects of LGBTQ+ daily life to encourage acceptance and a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ community overall.

We have concise project objectives and a strong, committed board of directors that work together to plan and strategize. We often partner with mission aligned organizations to increase the reach and impact while avoiding a duplication of services.

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading has earned the respect of many organizations and businesses in Reading by operating with integrity and transparency at all times. We've also earned the trust and recognition of local, state and national organizations and officials. And we've gained the trust of the local LGBTQ+ community by working with and treating everyone with dignity, respect and equity.

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading was created in June of 2016; progress the first 2 years was slow. In 2018 a new director was named and additional board members added. In the few short years the new director and board have produce exponential growth in all programs and services offered. We expanded our support group offering from 2 groups to 9 (to date); saw an 8-fold increase in advocacy, and quadrupled our professional development training program. We added youth programming late in 2019 and have serve more than 30 kids a week.

We've worked to integrate our organization into our community AND our city. We built relationships and partnered with more than 40 social service agencies, business, organizations throughout Berks County. We work with local government officials, City Council, City Mayor, the Human Relations Commission (locally and state-wide), and local health officials.

We are recognized as a leading LGBTQ+ organization for services, programs and events in Berks County.

Our mission and vision are clear. We seek to obtain a building space of our own (we currently rent our space) in which we can expand upon the current services and programs we offer. The vision is to be a full-service organization providing housing for LGBTQ+ homeless youth, direct services that include counseling and case management, while providing existing services.

We've accomplished a lot in a short period of time and the community response has been incredible. There's a lot of work to do and the LGBT Center of Greater Reading is poised and committed to serving the LGBTQ+ community and our allies to the best of our abilities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LGBT Center of Greater Reading

Board of directors
as of 4/2/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms Tim Greusel

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Bethany Bower

Bethany Bower

Berks Teens Matter

Susan Denaro, Esquire

Gerogeadis&Setley, Attys at Law

Tim Gruesel

Self-Employed

Michelle Dech

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading

Ben Renkus

Ben Wilson

Wells Fargo

Michael Shaffer

Giant Food Stores

Anita Matson

Johnson & johnson

Tracy Parmer

First Energy

Sarah Morin

Muhlenberg School District

Shawn Barczynski

Albright College

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No