Center on Halsted

aka Horizons Community Services   |   Chicago, IL   |


Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland.

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Chief Executive Officer

Modesto Valle

Main address

3656 N. Halsted St

Chicago, IL 60613 USA

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Formerly known as

Horizons Community Services



NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Address funding infrastructure growth and manage employee growth.

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?

HIV Services

on Halsted provides comprehensive services for HIV/AIDS and other sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs). We host the State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD
Hotline (1-800-AID-AIDS) staffed by trained health educators who provide up to
date medically accurate information, as well as referrals for local testing
locations, to more than 15,000 callers every year from across the Midwest. The
Hotline operates between 8am-10pm every day.

We also
offer free and confidential rapid HIV testing seven days a week, serving more
than 3,000 people every year. In addition, we offer three age-specific 10-week
support groups for individuals living with HIV. For more information about our
testing programs, please call (773)661-0910. 

All services are available in both English and Spanish. 

With funding from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Center on Halsted launched the
Youth Empowerment program in 2012 to help reduce the rate of HIV transmission
and infection for young African-American and Latino men who have sex with men
(MSM). Youth Empowerment partners with other established HIV service and
community based organizations in outreach, HIV status awareness and prevention
and creating a community of friendship and empowerment.  The project
employs social action programs endorsed by the CDC including Mpowerment, a
youth group centered program; CLEAR, an individualized life enhancing program;
and Positive Cognitive Counseling for awareness testing and prevention

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

on Halsted’s comprehensive youth program empowers young people ages 13-24 to
achieve their full potential in a safe, confidential environment. Staff,
interns and volunteers help more than 1,600 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
and Allied young people across the Chicago area realize their full potential
through our onsite programming and our vocational training programs in
collaboration with local partners.

Our onsite programs provide a safe space for LGBTQA
youth to grow and develop as individuals and includes after school programming,
leadership development, counseling services, computer training, crisis
intervention, HIV and STD prevention, a college fair, social service referrals
and more.

Our vocational training program includes a 30-hour job readiness
workshop for youth ages 14-21 to learn resume writing, interviewing techniques,
obtaining and maintaining employment, budgeting skills and positive decision
making. Youth are also provided with individual career counseling to secure
employment and complete educational goals. Youth are supported in obtaining
employment with After School Matters programs, part-time and full-time work and
seasonal jobs. 

leadership and community-building activities, our Stand Out program empowers
students (ages 16 – 20) involved in high school and college-level GSAs to
strengthen themselves personally and professionally. Stand Out creates spaces
for social engagement at Center on Halsted and around Chicago; through these
meet-ups students are engaged in topics of leadership, academic support and
college and career preparation.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

on Halsted provides an array of programs and services for LGBT community
members over the age of 55 through our Senior program. Every week, more than
150 seniors attend workshops, take classes, share a meal or make new friends
through the program. 

We provide a hot lunch to Seniors every Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday in partnership with the City of Chicago. In addition to lunch, the
meal provides an opportunity for participants to get to know fellow senior LGBT
community members and to find out about other community programs. We also
host a wide array of programs including a constituent advocacy program, various
language classes, theater workshops and training programs. Center staff arrange
Seniors to meet with a a Benefits Counselor who will help you identify and
apply for various benefits programs like Medicaid and the Supplemental
Nutritional Assistance Program.

Friendly Visitor Program provides companionship and friendship to isolated LGBT
adults who are homebound or living in a care setting. Through the program, an
LGBT older adult is paired with a Friendly Visitor volunteer who provides
friendship and support through weekly visits.

addition to our onsite services, Center on Halsted hosts a number of programs
throughout Chicagoland including competency training and wellness fairs. Center
on Halsted are currently partnering with Heartland Alliance to create the
Midwest's first affordable housing development dedicated for LGBT seniors, located
next door to Center on Halsted.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

The Anti-Violence Project (AVP) team works to reduce bias and violence in the
lives of LGBT, queer, questioning and HIV-affected people. The program also provides both crisis support and ongoing services for more than 200 survivors of abuse and violence every year through our comprehensive services including a Crisis Line, Incident Reporting Assistance, Counseling, Court Accompaniment and Victim Advocacy. 
advocates, the Anti-Violence Project staff works to ensure survivors of
violence and discrimination receive sensitive, appropriate and timely responses
from the police, courts, employers and social service providers. Advocates will
accompany survivors to court proceedings, including assisting with petitions
for protective orders and filing police or discrimination reports.  Center on Halsted is a
founding and active member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
(NCAVP) which works to provide data and policy recommendations to help end hate
violence and bias in all communities.

In addition to our direct service, our team provides regular training to law enforcement agencies, court personnel,
rape crisis workers, government agencies, schools and more about the specific
needs facing LGBTQ HIV-affected victims and survivors of violence. We also facilitate
community workshops and classes on healthy relationships and related topics to help
prevent violence and re-victimization.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

on Halsted's Community and Cultural team creates and hosts a wide array of fun,
interactive and engaging programs enjoyed by members of the entire community.
Events range from volleyball games in the gymnasium to dance recitals in the
theatre. Center on Halsted hosts regular events designed by and for specific
groups within the community including LGBT families and children, singles,
women, men, bisexual individuals, transgender individuals, intersex individuals
and more.

on Halsted offers high-quality performances and events for the entire LGBT
community through the OUT Cultural Series. Collaborating with both locally and
nationally-renowned partners, the OUT Cultural Series brings traditional and
cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, cinema and more to the Center to more than
5,000 individuals annually.

on Halsted also offers a number of recreational and wellness programs in the
Billie Jean King Gymnasium attracting more than 500 people every week. Regular
events include open gym volleyball, yoga, floor hockey, youth open gym and
women's basketball. 

Center on Halsted also offers vocational
training through the Silver Fork, a twelve-week vocational training program for
LGBT and allied adults who are unemployed or underemployed. Participants
receive hands-on training from local chefs in the culinary arts, including
cooking, knife handling, sanitation and etiquette. Graduates receive two
certificates and receive job placement assistance.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Silver Fork addresses short and long-term vocational needs, and ensures the successful outcomes of our community members while focusing on shortages within the Chicago employment market. Graduates of our Silver Fork program are trained and prepared to enter this growing workforce.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Addresses the psychosocial needs of Chicago's LGBTQ community for nearly three decades by offering individual, relationship, family psychotherapy, therapy groups, letters of support to access gender affirming surgeries, various workshops, and trainings. Behavioral Health staff assess and treat all mood and anxiety symptoms, substance use, provide critical support during traumatic periods, addresses issues pertaining to building healthy relationships, and supports healthy identities around sexual identities and gender identity/expression, and living with HIV/AIDS.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Fully equipped and accessible computer lab with 20 computer stations that provides free online access, job readiness classes, job search programs, and technology training classes on a variety of topics. Microsoft Office classes are offered to assist patrons in learning needed skills for jobs obtainment. Internal programs are accommodated by allowing participants from Youth, Senior, Silver Fork, GED programs specialized times to allow their participants to access practice tests, resume creation website building and other areas to supplement their program participation.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

This strategy recognizes that youth need support as they transition to adulthood; that different youth need different types of support and thus a "one-size fits-all" approach is inadequate; and that homeless youth are unique from homeless adults and constitute a niche group within the larger homeless population that requires specialized services
COH LGBTQA Homeless Youth Program offers a variety of supportive services designed to assist youth with stabilizing their housing and focus on long-term goals,

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Homeless people

Involves training and educational opportunities. Center on Halsted provides transgender awareness trainings for corporations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and medical facilities. In addition to trainings and outreach, the Center also provides testimonies to government committees. In addition, the program offered a number of workshops throughout the year on various trans-related issues such as document and name changes, intersex issues, and human resource best practices.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Where we work

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 homeless participants engaged in housing services

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

Youth Homeless

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Program began in January 2016 with 7 total youth. Goal is 10 in FY2017

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Volunteers support all aspects of organization providing added benefit and value to the work we accomplish yearly.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

All unduplicated clients served in all program areas.

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.

Starting in July 2015, Center on Halsted will begin to implement a Youth Programming Strategy to combat youth homelessness and provide: case management, educational, career development and housing.

The board of directors are beginning two beta (short term visions): By 2017, Center on Halsted will operate two “beta" LGBTQ youth programs, one for housing and one for centralized youth services, each in partnership with highly qualified partners.

By 2019, Center on Halsted will have fully structured frameworks in place for providing LGBTQ youth housing and for delivering, with other strategic partners, comprehensive LGBTQ youth programming and services from a centralized facility (location yet to be determined).

Currently the board has approved the budget to hire three new employees who will focus on: Housing, Case Management and overall Program Director.

As of Jan 1, 2017, we have housed and created a program for ten (10) youth who identify as homeless. Our future goals is to open a location on the south side of Chicago and eventually house 40 youth.


Center on Halsted

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Center on Halsted

Board of directors
as of 8/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Angela Barnes

City Tech Collaborative

Term: 2020 - 2023

Elva Rubio

Gensler Chicago

Clark Pellett

Lorenza Taylor

JP Morgan Chase

Lisa Sandquist


Jonathan Lehman

CJ Sikora

Richard J Daley College

Scott Waller

Joyce Ann Gilbert

Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals

Damon Cates

University of Chicago

Robert Sash


Angela Barnes

City Tech Collaborative

Anne Dooley

Energy BBDO

Victor Ravago

Bravo Hospitality Group

Franco LaMarca


Krishna Ramachandran

BCBS of Illinois

Richard Turner

Bismoy Dasgupta

Northwestern University

Shanta Robinson

University of Chicago

Jason Lyrla


Brian Petrow


Chavonne Hodges-Horton


Renauda Riddle

State of Illinois

Thomas Valente

Steve Walton


Jorge Cabrera


Crystal Braboy

Planned Parenthood

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/09/2021

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


No data