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Hey there,
2020 is nearly three-quarters over. Meanwhile, here @ The Center, we’re striving to be 100% always here for you. Whether you need to get resources, want to take action, or want to get connected, check out our newsletter below.
Letter from a Director
During these last six months I, like most everyone else, have had plenty of time to reflect on my life and what is truly important to me. I started thinking about where I was on my life’s journey twenty, thirty and even forty years ago (I am a gay man of a certain age), and came up with an interesting observation. I realized that my life today (the pandemic and politics aside) is so much more fulfilling and rewarding, because I am finally living authentically and following my dreams. 
The LGBTQ community has made tremendous strides over the last fifty years – things that I would have never even dreamed possible when I came out at the age of twenty-two. Even though right now we are feeling extremely beaten down from all the chaos in the world, we need to stop and take time to be grateful for all the progress we have made, and celebrate the fact that we are much more visible as a community, and able to more easily pursue an authentic and proud life.
What are you grateful for in your life? Be kind to yourself and appreciate the gifts you have as an individual, and those things you have done to make your life better. For me, it was moving to Palm Springs six years ago to create a life for myself that has surpassed my wildest dreams. I have a job that gives me purpose, a community that is friendly and caring, and I am able to live authentically and proudly each and every day. If you are experiencing difficulties in your life and finding it hard to be in gratitude, we at The Center are here to offer support - maybe you just need someone to talk with, or need help locating a resource in the community. Whatever it might be, we will always do our best to help, because we’re here for you!
Kerry Deal
Director of Operations
In light of Kerry's letter, let us know:
What age did you come out?
Not out
National Voter Registration Day
Next Tuesday, September 22nd
Last week, most of you said you were already registered to vote, 1% said they weren't registered yet, and 2% said you cannot register.
Be sure to take your civic engagement to the next level for National Voter Registration Day (next week on 9/22) by downloading these virtual Zoom backgrounds, and talking to others about voting.
Aiming to be the largest National Voter Registration Day event ever, learn how you or your organization can help get the message out and register millions more people to vote here.
Upcoming @ The Center
Help is Here. Get low-cost virtual therapy @ The Center
Behavioral Health @ The Center is still accepting new clients for virtual, low cost therapy for the LGBTQ community.
Our clinical internship program offers high quality, affordable counseling tailored to your personal needs.
To start the process, call Mike Martin at:
760 416 7899
or email:
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A journey shared is easier.
A program for those who have lost a loved one and want assistance in dealing with their loss and to talk with others who understand what they are going through.
This is a 12 week closed Bereavement Therapy group and is facilitated by a MFT Intern under the supervision of a licensed therapist.
To sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or call 760 416 7899.
Eisenhower Health @ Home Tonight
Coming September 23rd
Brian Hess, Program Supervisor, Eisenhower Memory Care Center, shares how to minimize your loneliness yourself and your loved ones, how to reduce your Isolation of you and your loved one, how to manage their care at home, and how to keep the day going through effective and purposeful activities to keep their cognitive skills from declining in this time of quarantining.
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
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More Online Programs
In need of connection? Join us Monday through Friday online in our Zoom Meetings (Installation instructions here).
Featured this week
Mondays at 11AM
Chat with us about what it means to care for ourselves and each other when we’re not able to physically be near each other.
Hosted by Lex Ortega
Next Tuesday, 9/22 at 4PM
This group, every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month is for all men from the recently diagnosed to the long-term survivor and is facilitated by a gay man who is also a Prostate Cancer Survivor.
Meeting ID: 912 3252 4650
Wednesdays at 3PM
If you’re between the ages of 14-20 and need a safe space to connect with other LGBTQ+ youth, Zoom by for a minute or longer.
Hosted by Miguel Navarro
Get Resources
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.
Hours for Food Bank donation drop-offs are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to Noon.
We are currently in need of the following food items:
  • Canned Goods: Tomatoes, Soup, Beans, String Beans, Corn, Fruit
  • Rice, 1 Pound Package
  • Dry Beans, 1 Pound Package
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Protein & Granola Bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Cat Food & Dog Food
  • Empty Egg Cartons
Get help with rent
If you’re a Riverside County resident in need of rental assistance due to COVID-19, the application for help is still open. Applications can be submitted at any time between now and the end of November.
Take Action
Info Session with Desert Support for Asylum Seekers
Learn how you can get involved in local efforts to support LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, from advocacy to housing, and more.
Thursday, October 1, 1PM
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.
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.
The text Latinx Heritage Month in orange on a purple background with the text September 15 to October 15 underneath on an orange background in yellow
It's Latinx Heritage Month
Whatever term you might use for yourself -- Latinx, Hispanic, Latino, etc. -- Sept 15 - Oct 15 is Latinx Heritage Month. Celebrate and honor this important history by reading these books that feature LGBTQ Latinx characters.
Business Partners
Support those who give!
Please help support the businesses who support The Center, the work we do, and who give back so generously to our community. Click here for a list of Business Partners with The Center.
Community Events
Virtual Fun & Games with Gay Desert Guide
Our friends at Gay Desert Guide are hosting virtual fun & games events this month! Check out events like Gay Virtual Speed Dating for Men, Gay Trivia, Daddies and Their Hunters Virtual Speed Dating, Zoom That Tune Virtual Gay Game Show, Virtual Lesbian Speed Dating for Women of All Ages, and more! See their full schedule on their Facebook page here.
Cinema Diverse - a safe space to go to the movies!
The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival: Cinema Diverse, provides a new experience for its 13th anniversary year with the movie madness being delivered via streaming and pop-up drive ins. From September 11th, and continuing through to the end of the month, this festival shares powerful LGBTQ+ stories about where we came from, who we are, and who we can be.
To see a full list of all the movies showing, their showtimes and venues and to purchase passes and tickets, please visit cinemadiverse.org.
Community Virtual Screening, BURDEN with the Brothers of the Desert
The Brothers of the Desert invite you to a community virtual screening of the film, Burden directed by Nathan Hale-Williams.
BURDEN tells the story of Bennett Lewis; a highly successful and highly educated family man who in spite of his success still has to deal with the perils of being a Black man in America.
Saturday, October 3
4PM - 5:30PM
Feel Good Story of the Week
Speaking of when you came out… shout-out to all the recent entertainers and athletes who have shared coming out news.
We welcome them as kin to our global community!
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