Sacramento LGBT Community Center

aka Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center   |   Sacramento, CA   |  www.saccenter.org

Mission

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center works to create a region where LGBTQ+ people thrive. We support the health and wellness of the most marginalized, advocate for equality and justice, and work to build a culturally rich LGBTQ+ community.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

David Heitstuman

Main address

1015 20th Street

Sacramento, CA 95811 USA

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Formerly known as

Lambda Community Fund

Lambda Community Center

Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center

EIN

94-2502229

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (O19)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Each month, the Center welcomes more than 500 unique visitors (more than 20,000 visits each year) from youth and adults who represent the full diversity of the LGBTQ+ community; people of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and ages—from the new-born child of an LGBTQ+ parent to seniors in their golden years. All our services, which are available to everyone, are free or low-cost. We help folks who have experienced some of the following staggering statistics: 75 percent of LGBTQ+ people report emotional difficulties directly related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity Up to 40 percent of the youth homeless population identify as LGBTQ+ 26 percent of LGBTQ+ students report missing a class in the last month while 30 percent report missing an entire day because they felt unsafe A 26 percent increase in new HIV infections since 2012 among young gay men age 13-24 who have sex with men Two to three times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual peers; 50 per

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Health & Wellness

As the largest LGBTQ+ organization in the region, uniquely qualified to offer experienced support, the Center’s health and wellness programs help LGBTQ+ people lead healthier, happier lives. The Center provides a vital safety net for the LGBTQ community in all its diversity and a safe, welcoming place where individuals can find help as well as hope, when they need it most. Services focus both on direct assistance and prevention. We offer community resource navigation, mental health, sexual health, youth-centered programs, and housing. All our services are free or low-cost.

Community Resource Navigation

Since the Center’s founding, it has been a trusted source of referrals to service providers that understand and affirm LGBTQ identities and our unique needs. Our Community Resources Program provides one on one assistance in English and Spanish to medical and mental health providers, employment, housing, public benefits, identification documents, homeless services, professional services, and social clubs.

Mental Health

For people dealing with any issue that feels beyond their control, including depression, anxiety, victimization, and relationships issues, we offer mental health respite twice a week, where clients can take a break from the stressors of their life and de-escalate their mental health conditions to prevent a break that could lead to hospitalization or incarceration. They can talk candidly and comfortably with staff and volunteer advocates to learn coping strategies and gain access to additional mental health services through referral.

LGBTQ+ people experience trauma and violence at significantly higher rates than the general population. LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth. 40 percent of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt.

The Center offers crisis intervention and individualized counseling for people who have been victims of crime. We offer more than a dozen facilitated peer support groups for those newly coming out, queer people of color, LGBTQ+ elders, people living with HIV, transgender individuals, and other specialized sub-populations. The Center also hosts multiple 12-step addiction recovery groups each week.



Sexual Health

Since the earliest days of the epidemic, the Center provided confidential assistance and services for those living with HIV/AIDS. One out of eight people who are HIV-positive and living in the U.S. don’t know it. As of 2015, 71% of those newly diagnosed with HIV in Sacramento County are gay or bisexual men. We’re working to lower that percentage by offering free HIV/STD testing at our Midtown office, on-location at a half dozen partner agencies, and in suburban and rural areas thought the region with our Mobile Outreach Unit. Those who test positive are quickly linked to medical care and those whose results are negative are educated on prevention strategies including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Center staff focus on prevent new infections through in-person and digital outreach campaigns targeting young Black and Latinx gay and bisexual men and transgender women at highest risk. We conduct sexual health education workshops for LGBTQ+ youth, distribute free condoms and lube at the center, in the community, and via our Prophylaxis Parcel Project (P3). Staff also educate healthcare providers on how to have culturally affirming conversations about gender specific needs and sexual practices with LGBTQ community members in order to improve patient care.

Q-Spot Youth Programs

The Center offers all LGBTQIA+ youth ages 13-24 the help they need to reach their full potential. Q-Spot youth program offers a brave space 7-days a week to hang out, be around a community of other LGBTQ+ and allied peers, play video games, watch TV, have snacks, do homework, or get help with job applications and financial aid. Youth receive social and emotional support through mental health respite, peer mentorship, and four weekly support groups.

The Q-Spot also offers an LGBTQ library, computer lab, and life-skills workshops and youth-centered advocacy and enrichment events/activities including: Q-Prom, Q-Spot Live at Pride, LGBTQ Movie Nights, Field Trips, Holiday Celebrations, Leadership and Advocacy Conferences.

Youth experiencing homelessness can also access support services including showers, laundry, meals, clothing, survival supplies, case management, legal aide, counseling, community resource referrals, and victim services.
Without a mobile phone, computer, or internet service low-income or homeless youth can experience barriers to education, employment, or staying connected to a support system. In partnership with LGBT Tech and PowerON the Center puts free technology like phones, chargers, laptops, and USB drives in the hands of youth in order to help them succeed and thrive.

Housing Services

On any given day, there are more than 700 youth (ages 24 and younger) living on the streets and along the river in Sacramento; in California, a staggering 40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ. The majority become homeless as a result of family rejection and nearly all of them will be victimized by violence, drugs, sexual assault and human trafficking in their first weeks on the street.
We launched our housing program in 2018, offering emergency shelter via short-term hotel stays and a 6-bed Transitional Living Program (TLP), where youth ages 18-24 who have been victims of crime can stay up to 24-months while establishing self-sufficiency through stable housing, intensive case management, counseling, transportation, employment services, life skills workshops, and establishment of a support system that they can maintain after exiting the program.

In 2019 we expanded our housing options to offer a 12-bed Short-term Transitional Emergency Program (STEP) where they are provided 90-days of shelter, meals, clothing, transportation, assistance obtaining identification documents, case management, medical and mental health services, and establish a level of safety and stability as youth prepare for the next step in their transition to more permanent housing.

In 2019, we also piloted a Host Home Program to provide bridge housing in the homes of 10 community hosts, where youth will receive stable housing, social/emotional support, and case management. Youth who may couch surfing while going to school, recently kicked out of their family home, or exiting an emergency shelter program at eminent risk of returning to homelessness can stay an average of 6-months in this program while making progress toward their life goals.

Population(s) Served

The Center is an advocate for equity and social justice within and external to the LGBTQ+ community, acknowledging that our identities as LGBTQ+ people are intersectional and breaking down systems of oppression that harm the most marginalized amongst us, benefits all of us. We work to increase visibility, understanding, and access to services for LGBTQ+ people throughout the Sacramento region.

Individual Advocacy & Legal Assistance

The Center acts as an advocate and convener of support for individual community members who have been the victim of bias or hate related incidents. We offer free legal consultations twice monthly in partnership with Northern California Legal Services and the Family Justice Center, crime victim services, and help navigating media.

Public Policy & Community Organizing

We advocate locally and nationally for policies, funding streams, and cultural change that advance the health and wellness of our diverse community. Center leaders engage in civic leader education, submit letters of support/opposition, and provide expert testimony before legislative bodies. We also engage in rapid response and targeted media and constituent contact campaigns.

Center representatives contribute on more than two dozen regional coalitions, committees, boards, and task forces on issues ranging from homelessness and HIV prevention to environmental justice and youth development. We promote LGBTQ+ representation on appointed boards and committees and engage in leadership development activities and provide technical assistance for young activists and LGBTQ+ organizations in order to empower future movement leaders.

Outreach & Training Institute

We are a subject matter expert on LGBTQ+ competencies and provide educational programs and consultation on a wide variety of sub-topics. We conduct outreach activities and provide training for healthcare providers, schools, law enforcement, social service agencies, faith communities, and large and small employers to create safer and more affirming communities and increase awareness of resources.

Queer Voices

This panel of LGBTQ+ identified youth and adults, as well as ally parents share stories of coming out, love, acceptance, and their lived experiences as a queer individual. These stories are showcased in educational, artistic, and support spaces throughout Sacramento to increase visibility and understanding.

Population(s) Served

The Center works to build a culturally rich LGBTQ+ community through a variety of sponsored and collaborative community building events each year. Our community building programs are designed to provide a sense of belonging, affirming visibility, and support amongst chosen friends and family.


Sacramento Pride

The Sacramento Pride March and Festival is the largest demonstration of activism and celebration of diversity and inclusion in the region. Taking center stage on Capitol Mall, LGBTQ+ community members and our allies of every age, race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, and religion come together to celebrate how far we have come in the equality movement, but also to demonstrate how much further we have to go to achieve cultural affirmation and social equity.

Events & Activities

We also support the personal growth of individuals through educational and life-enriching activities. In addition to Sacramento Pride, the Center hosts dozens of events annually including Q-Prom, Transgender Day of Visibility activities, a Friendsgiving shared community meal, Camp Camp: an LGBTQ+ summer camp, Out at the State Fair, World AIDS Day, film screenings, educational workshops, town hall meetings, artist showcases, an SVGLS softball team, amongst many others. We also work with outside organizations to increase visibility and provide community building opportunities through events such as equality nights in partnership with local professional sports teams.

Community Space

The Center serves as a community hub and gathering space in times of celebration and tragedy. We provide access to information and resources on our community bulletin boards and through our on-site computer lab. The Lambda Lounge and conference room are available at low to no-cost for community groups to use for their board meetings, events, support programs, or other community engagement purposes.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center provides opportunities for LGBTQ+ people and allies to engage with our community to learn, give something back, and feel empowered to work toward solving the challenges and disparities facing the LGBTQ+ population. We offer volunteer opportunities for ongoing direct service working directly with clients, general office administrative activities, outreach and events, fundraising and event planning. We also offer and a variety of high school, undergraduate, and graduate volunteer internships. We also offer two paid internships, a Thousand Strong high school internship in partnership with the Sacramento Stonewall Foundation and an outreach internship in partnership with the California Endowment Building Healthy Communities Initiative.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

CenterLink 2010

Midtown Business Association 2017

Rainbow Chamber of Commerce 2005

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people tested for HIV

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Health & Wellness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients living with HIV receiving assistance to access healthcare benefits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Health & Wellness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of support groups offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Building

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Health & Wellness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This field is populated by three of our housing programs. Those programs are the Short-Term Transitional Emergency Placement Programs, Transitional Living Program, and Host Homes Program.

Number of referrals to resources offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Health & Wellness

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth that utilize mental health respite and peer mentorship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Health & Wellness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Q-Spot Drop-In Center: 7-days a week, we offer LGBTQ+ youth a safe and brave space for social and emotional support through mental health respite and peer mentorship.

Number of clients participating in support groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Building

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of contraceptives purchased to be distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Health & Wellness

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center provides health and wellness, advocacy, and community building programs and services to build a stronger, more vibrant, visible, and supported LGBTQ+ community in our region.

We believe that all LGBTQ+ people who call the Greater Sacramento Region home deserve responsive and dignified treatment, equitable access to health and wellness, economic opportunity, PRIDE and a sense of belonging.

Our long range goals:
1. End youth homelessness, including consistent access to respite care, crisis intervention and transitional housing, with an end goal to obtain permanent housing
2. Ensure schools and other educational institutions are safe and welcoming for LGBTQ+ students
3. Achieve equitable representation and engagement of LGBTQ+ people in civic institutions
4. Establish ongoing coordination and collaboration among all organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community
5. Increase healthcare and employment opportunities for transgender people, particularly transgender people of color
6. Establish Sacramento Pride as the largest celebration of activism, inclusion, and community in the region
7. Provide LGBTQ+ older adults with affirming housing and healthcare, as well as safe and welcoming social activities and environments
8. Prevent new HIV infections

1. Provide health, wellness, housing, youth enrichment, and leadership programs for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 13-24)
2. Provide health, wellness, and educational programs and services for LGBTQ+ adults (ages (25+)
3. Provide gender and sexual health services and outreach
4. Provide economic justice programs that support transgender, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, and bisexual people
5. Provide individual advocacy for LGBTQ+ people facing discrimination or violence because of their identity
6. Increase cultural humility and change the service delivery of systems that touch the LGBTQ+ in measurable ways (i.e. healthcare, schools, and criminal justice)
7. Advocate for LGBTQ+ affirming public policy and allocation of resources
8. Build and enhance strategic alliances with LGBTQ+ and allied organizations to integrate service delivery, address gaps in services and to eliminate undesired duplication of services (i.e. employment, housing, mental health, homeless services and food banks)
9. Provide high value volunteer opportunities for an increasing number of volunteers who fully reflect the diversity and demographics of our region
10. Hold high quality events that build community, partnership, awareness and resources
11. Secure and maintain a facility (or facilities) that meets the needs of our community and enables Center staff to implement programming and administrate effectively
12. Provide salaries, benefits, supervision, professional development and opportunities for professional advancement that foster a stable, healthy and enthusiastic workforce
13. Recruit a Board of Directors that provides exemplary governance, fundraising and ambassadorship
14. Develop and update an annual fundraising plan and a three-year financial forecast
15. Develop mechanisms for sound financial controls and operational sustainability
16. Develop strategies for ongoing program evaluation, data management, and reporting

The Center celebrated 40 years of service to the community in 2018. The current staff and board of directors mirror our diverse community. We are fortunate to welcome hundreds of volunteers who enrich the daily operations of the organization.

The Center has grown rapidly in recent years; in both staff, programs and budget. The introduction of our emergency, shelter and transitional housing programs have been most impactful in our ability to grow the Center and to grow our staff capabilities in helping so many vulnerable populations.

We owe much of the increase in our budget and subsequent program outcomes to the new connections we have made within the community and the partnerships we have formed.

LGBTQ+ youth access our services every day of the week through the Q-Spot drop-in center, where they receive an affirming welcome, crisis intervention, a vulnerability assessment, food, clothing, survival kits, hygiene supplies, a shower and referrals to housing and counseling options. Our resource teams are tuned in to the needs of this vulnerable population and have identified a spectrum of service providers who are affirming and knowledgeable around victims and the LGBTQ+ community. Our legal clinic is available as a pro-bono service and currently provides legal services related to housing, health, welfare, benefits, and employment issues.

Approximately 200 youth currently receive services at the Q-Spot every week with 50% of them experiencing homelessness.

For individuals living with HIVAIDS we offer peer support group meetings and almost 20 additional support groups for various sub-populations; people of color, transgender support, disability, substance use, art therapy, and groups aimed at specific age groups, sexual orientations, gender identities and those specifically for our Spanish speaking population.

The Center operates three main programs: Health and Wellness, Advocacy, and Building Community.

" Health and Wellness: - Our Health and Wellness programs support vulnerable and homeless LGBTQ+ youth to improve their health, safety, economic status, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency toward positive life choices in an environment that is affirming and supportive.
" Our Advocacy program has long served the LGBTQ+ community by providing a place for coordination and meeting, testifying before state and local legislative bodies and reaching out to and educating hundreds of organizations and agencies throughout the region on legislation, cultural competency and LGBTQ+ community needs, including youth adult and elders.
" Our Building Community program endeavors to provide an environment where disenfranchised and underserved individuals can experience a sense of belonging and welcome. In addition, our Building Community program organizes the Sacramento Pride event every year along with many other community building events and activities for the LGBTQ+ community and allies.

In 2018 the Center shared the following impact information:

1,010 emergency and transitional bed nights for youth experiencing homelessness
2,196 clients accessed support groups and 1,124 received mental health respite
290 people tested for HIV/HCV and more than 42, 638 safer sex supplies distributed
4,492 educators, healthcare workers, employers, and community service providers given training in cultural humility
1,724 meals and 156 loads of laundry for youth at the Q-Spot Drop-In Center
18,000+ participants demonstrating activism and celebrating community and love at Sacramento Pride
36 community building events, including Camp Camp, Q-Prom, Out at the Fair, and Friendsgiving
39 public policy changes advocated for and 115 legal clinic clients

In coming years we aim to:
1. reduce youth homelessness, providing consistent access to respite care, crisis intervention and transitional housing, with an end goal to obtain permanent housing
2. Ensure schools and other educational institutions are safe and welcoming for LGBTQ+ students
3. Achieve equitable representation and engagement of LGBTQ+ people in civic institutions
4. Establish ongoing coordination and collaboration among all organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community
5. Increase healthcare and employment opportunities for transgender people, particularly transgender people of color
6. Establish Sacramento Pride as the largest celebration of activism, inclusion, and community in the region
7. Provide LGBTQ+ older adults with affirming housing and healthcare, as well as safe and welcoming social activities and environments
8. Prevent new HIV infections

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Sacramento LGBT Community Center

Board of directors
as of 4/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Carlos Marquez

California Charter Schools Association

Todd Koolakian

Sacramento's Children Home

Frank Mecca

California Welfare Directors Association

Willie Recht

Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region

Natalie Fujikawa

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Patrick Harbison

PH PR

Ken Plumlee

Serial Entrepreneur

Josh Nisbet

Deloitte

Jody Nelson

Sacramento State University

Grace Lawrence

Global Transgender Safety Tasks Force

Carl Colegrove, Jr.

Sacramento Native American Health Center

Joshua Johnson

American River College

Darcy Totten

California Commission on Women and Girls

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/16/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data