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July 8th 2020th

Get Counted!

Hey there,
Have we told you lately that we appreciate you? If not, here's a virtual hug that you can picture while wrapping your arms around yourself.
It seems like many folks who are engaging in our polls are feeling unsure or worse now than at the beginning of this pandemic... and that's completely understandable. Numbers-wise here's what we're looking at:
Better - 18%
Worse - 37%
About the same/Unsure/Other - 45%
If you're in need of a place to vent, talk, or maybe just be distracted, check out our complete online programming and featured offerings down below. Let us wrap our arms around you virtually.
For this week, we're asking a practical question about the Census. Let us know, and if you're driving out tonight, you might get a glimpse of Van-G.
Have you taken the 2020 US Census?
I have questions
If you have questions, we'll reach out to offer support. Remember, everyone must be counted -- regardless of citizenship status, age, or residency!
PS: If you find yourself having needs not being met, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if we can help.
Letter from a Director
For the month of July, we'll be sharing a letter from each of The Center's Department Heads.
I'm tired, ya'll. I think a lot of us are.
Not only am I trying to cope the best I can, the people in my life are trying to do so too. Meanwhile news of the world never ceases.
And I have to remind myself that I deserve care and attention. Other times, other people have to tell me, like my therapist. She literally did. She told me to pretend I live in a world where racism and other systems of oppression don't exist, just for the weekend, because I needed a break from emotionally heavy conversations.
It can be hard to justify rest when there is so much to do -- plan for an uncertain year, figure out how to pay for basic needs, long for human and social contact, fight injustice, grieve. And yet, rest I must. Permission and space to rest comes from myself, it comes from colleagues, our loved ones, from our community.
I hope amidst everything right now, you can carve out rest for yourself, even just for a moment. We want you around, for as long as possible. Rest, then keep going.
Lex Ortega (they/she)
Director of Community Engagement & Innovation
Upcoming @ The Center
Eisenhower Health @ Home
A new series of Eisenhower Health @ Home starts today! Check out the topics for the summer below, and join us most Wednesdays on Zoom.
Later this month...
Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders
What are Clinical Trials, Why do We Need Them, and How Can I Enroll?
In August
Communication Challenges when Wearing Face Masks
Understanding the Basics of Diabetes, Nutrition, and Common Myths
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Opiates, Pain, and Addiction
More Online Programs
In need of connection? Join us Monday through Friday online in our Zoom Meetings (Installation instructions here) .
New & Featured
Starts next Tuesday, July 14
Our Prostate Cancer Support Group returns online!
Meeting ID: 912 3252 4650
Password: 476671
Continues Today!
Calling LGBTQ+ Youth! Get support in community today at 3PM. Registration is required. Once approved, you will get a link to enter.
Community Food Bank @ The Center
The Community Food Bank @ The Center located at 610 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs is open for distribution every Thursday from 5PM - 7PM.
Click here for donation needs & guidelines. Please note: Summer Hours for Food Bank donation drop-offs is now on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to Noon.
Take Action
Get Tested for COVID-19
You can now schedule an appointment online to get tested for COVID-19 through Riverside County. Click here for testing locations in the Coachella Valley. Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status or insurance.
In support of the Movement for Black Lives
Facing the backs of a crowd near the top of the picture there is a person holding a sign that reads Black Lives Matter
(many actions listed here were taken and inspired by the Movement Advancement Project , and countless Black people)
Need a hug?
In collaboration with Destination PSP, you can give virtual hugs to your loved ones with these shirts and hats. Proceeds benefit The Center, whose mission is creating vibrant community by helping LGBTQ people along their way and offers essential services, including the Community Food Bank and Behavioral Health Clinic @ The Center.
Community Events
Write that Memoir with Ronni!
Have you always wanted to write your story, but just didn’t have the time or support? How about having both right now? This may be a good time to finally let your story fly!
AFFORDABLE ($35 for all four sessions), EASY (Ronni walks you through the process), EFFECTIVE (you'll have a good jump-start on your memoir!) Register NOW for July. Four easy sessions, one low price of $35. Really! A portion of your registration fee will be donated to the Center.
Register Here - Starts tomorrow!
Identifying and Combating Racism: Tools to Fortify the Mind, Body and Spirit
From our friends at The L-Fund, these programs are specifically geared to lesbians and trans women in support of a anti-racist lens and practice. Several programs start this weekend and require a commitment for the duration; others are singular online programs.
Talking About Race Matters: For Gay Men
6:30PM - 8:00PM , Tuesday, July 14, 2020
The Black Lives Matter protests have led to some difficult personal conversations as we all grapple with a "new normal" in race relations. These conversations might be especially difficult for gay men, who may empathize in being victims of discrimination but who may also just be becoming aware of systemic racism or how to talk about it. The California Men's Gathering, Desert Cities Chapter is sponsoring an online seminar to look at how to make those conversations candid, productive and meaningful. Jeffon Seely and Joe Hooper have spent the last two months engaged in weekly online conversations about race. They will share their insights during this session designed specifically for gay men.
Questions or for further information contact Lorenzo Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Your Feel Good Story of the Week
We've no doubt had a flux of people come to our Food Bank since the pandemic began, many who we've never served before, and many who never expected to need help like this before. One such family from Palm Springs has been coming to the Food Bank since COVID started. Week after week, our Food Bank team and volunteers have mentally embraced this mother, father, and young daughter (about 5 or 6 years old), greeting their new faces with welcoming smiles.
The second time the family had come by, Guillermo and others started to call the mother by her name, and got to know the father, and the daughter, week after week. Helping our community in this way is a humbling experience, as can the act of asking for help every week. We do it with our hearts wide open, with no expectation from the folks who need help. We do it because it needs to be done.
And so, it was touching to say the least to receive these notes of appreciation from this very special family. From our family to yours, and theirs, and everyone, thank you for being so kind, supporting this work, and supporting our entire community. We could not do it without you.
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