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LGBTQIA+ Community Center of Southern Nevada, Inc.

Serving the LGBTQIA+ Community of Nevada

aka The Center   |   Las Vegas, NV   |  www.thecenterlv.org

Mission

The LGBTQIA+ Center serves as a safe haven for all. We welcome and celebrate the diversity of our communities and strive to empower all to live authentic lives.

Ruling year info

1994

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. John Waldron Ed.D

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Brian Hosier

Main address

401 S Maryland Pkwy

Las Vegas, NV 89101 USA

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EIN

94-3192750

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

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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?

QVolution Youth Program

We are extremely proud of our variety of offerings for LGBTQ youth and young adults, which we have collectively branded as QVolution, with three days of programs every week.

Youth Drop-in Center

Monday through Friday, 3-6:30 pm and after groups until 10 pm, the Youth Drop-in Center is open for young people to stop by, hang out, socialize and work on homework before evening groups begin.

R.U.1.2. Youth Group

Providing safe, supportive and affirming space for LGBTQ youth and their allies, ages 13-24, is the goal of R.U.1.2. The members of this group build friendships and explore self-expression through weekly activities, discussion groups and social gatherings. R.U.1.2. provides youth with the support and skills to tackle life challenges, such as HIV prevention, coming out issues and bullying. Thursdays, 6-7 pm.

Youth Activity Night

Youth Activity Night is all about…activities! Join us for a variety of games, art projects, movie nights, open mic performances, skits, group projects and more. This group is open to youth, ages 13-24. Tuesdays, 6-7 pm.

17-24 Youth Group

17-24 is a weekly discussion and support group that provides safe space for LGBTQ youth and their allies, ages 17-24. The group provides an opportunity for young adults to meet their peers in a drug- and alcohol-free space, discuss current events and trends in the overall LGBTQ and global communities, and share personal experiences on topics of interest. Thursdays, 7-8 pm.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Adolescents

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a nation-wide program that provides an opportunity for fellowship between men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. AA meets Tuesdays through Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

Free HIV and STD Testing and Counseling

Serving as a critical part of Southern Nevada Health District’s testing and counseling programs, The Center offers complimentary HIV testing and counseling as well as syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia testing to Nevada residents. The goal is to empower people with an awareness of their own situations and allow them to take control of their lives.

Living Well

A drop-in support group for LGBTQ persons living with HIV/AIDS. All HIV positive individuals are welcome to attend regardless of age, gender, or history of your HIV diagnosis. If you're newly diagnosed or a longer-term survivor, we are here to help. Nobody should face an HIV diagnosis alone. So, whatever your reservations, make sure you connect with a community of HIV positive people. It's a key step towards solving both the emotional and practical problems of living with HIV. The Living Well group meets at The Center every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Substance abusers

Aging Communities Together (ACT III) is the LGBTQ Senior program of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center). ACT III, which provides a range of social and support activities to combat isolation and loneliness typical of senior populations, but often exacerbated by LGBTQ identity. Our senior project provides critically needed comprehensive heath and wellness workshops, group meetings and civic/social events intended to engage the aging LGBTQ population of Southern Nevada. We provide weekly workshops and food during our lunch and learn on Thursday, 4 annual events including holiday meals, a senior prom, and a field trip in addition to daily social groups.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Seniors

Identi-T* at The Center provides a safe place to connect with and relate to peers, seek guidance, find resources, education, and to expand social support for the broader transgender and gender-diverse community,( i.e., transgender, genderqueer/nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and intersex individuals) in Southern Nevada. The Identi-T Program has several confidential support groups and workshops to support these goals as well as engaging in community education, policy recommendations, events and outreach.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Intersex 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 clients served

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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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 LGBTQ+ Center’s (The Center) approach centers around the LGBTQ+ community. This community faces distinct challenges: higher rates of LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, discrimination in healthcare and workplaces, and limited job opportunities.

To tackle these challenges, our strategy is comprehensive and inclusive. We create safe spaces for support and guidance, listening to the community's needs. For example, we received feedback from a community member who expressed the need to seek employment elsewhere due to differential treatment following their transition. Insights like this shape our programs and activities, allowing us to address specific barriers.

Collaboration is vital to our approach. We work with partners who support the LGBTQ+ community. Through sharing information, we enhance partner services and raise awareness of LGBTQ+ needs. Our collaboration enables us to offer specialized resources, like the Switch Closet initiative. This program empowers LGBTQ+ individuals to freely choose clothes and accessories, supporting transgender individuals in building their professional and personal wardrobes without financial barriers.

Throughout our 30-year history, The Center has been a steadfast support system for the LGBTQ+ community. Our impactful initiatives include serving 200,000 individuals annually, administering tens of thousands of HIV tests, distributing 100,000 safe sex kits, ensuring 7,500 households have access to food, and training 700 advocates in interpersonal violence and LGBTQ+ history and information. By providing a welcoming space, we have connected over 6,000 individuals, fostering a strong sense of community. The establishment of our LGBTQ+ specialized pharmacy addresses a critical healthcare need within our neighborhood, serving as the sole pharmacy within a two-mile radius. As we continue to expand our reach, we remain committed to uplifting our community and driving social progress.

The Center currently has 34 staff members. We operate programming and health care services daily.

Celebrating its remarkable 30-year anniversary, The Center has been a steadfast beacon of support, connecting individuals to the LGBTQ+ community and providing vital care. We run the Arlene Cooper Health Clinic that provides free HIV testing through our partnership and grants provided by the Southern Nevada Health District, State of Nevada, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, through grants provided by the Victims of Crime Act and the Violence Against Women Act, we certified, train, and spread our victims advocate program called CAN. Our CAN program is the only credentialed training program that focuses and highlight issues in the LGBTQ+ community. We also offer weekly programming for the youth, seniors, and trans community. To improve the health of our community we plan to create a medical center that can address the needs of LGBTQIA+ community.

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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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LGBTQIA+ Community Center of Southern Nevada, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Wayne Cassard

Wendy Kraft

Ryn Bartel

Alida Inc

Kangcheng Yin

Matthew Cox

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Kaitlyn Jones

Fletcher Jones Automotive Group

Anne Mazzola

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Denise McCurry

Farmers Insurance Exchange

Osen Pogoson

Shalom C Stephens

Loeb & Loeb

Ivana Walborn

Katy Jones

Flectcher Jones

Wayne Cassard

Andrea Behrens

Marc Bodman

Travis Chance

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April Thomas

Clark County

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/15/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/15/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.