Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

LGBT Center of Greater Reading

The LGBT Center of Reading

aka The LGBT Center of Greater Reading

Reading, PA

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

2016

Executive Director

Michelle Renee Dech

President

Mr Tim Greusel

Main Address

1501 N. 13TH Street

Reading, PA 19604 USA

Keywords

Professional Development Training, Support, Advocacy, At-risk youth, LGBTQ+ adults, Reference & Referral

EIN

81-3191097

 Number

7228895016

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Single Organization Support (A11)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

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Common Community

Parents of newly self-identified LGBT youth

Share the Pride

LGBTQ+ Spirituality Group

VOICES - Vision, Opportunity, Community, inclusivity, Education, Support

SPARC - STUDENT, PARENTS, ALLIES, RESOURCE COMMUNITY

Transgender Support Group

Where we work

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

Many of our projects, programs and services have measurable goals, which we evaluate through data collection, review and analysis to plan for the next year. We also solicit and review feedback from our community, to ensure we continue meeting their needs. We modify projects/programs dependent upon that feedback.

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.

External Reviews

Accreditations

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

Affiliations & Memberships

66-hour Training Certificate Domestic/sexual violence advocate 2019

Financials

LGBT Center of Greater Reading

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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