Sacramento Red Dress Party organizers selected the LGBT Community Center as the event’s primary beneficiary and host in 2012 because of its focus on overall LGBT community health and wellness. One of its primary areas of focus on HIV/AIDS prevention, education, testing, and peer support in the LGBT community directly compliments the event’s origins. Additional beneficiaries may be chosen each year as partners and the recipient of funds to support those affected by HIV/AIDS. These organizations are not only the recipient of a check, but a partner in the success of the event – assisting with event volunteers, promotion, and engagement of other community organizers to ensure the events success in raising as much money as possible for a common cause.
ABOUT THE BENEFICIARIES
The Sacramento LGBT Community Center creates an environment, programs, events, and pathways to service that help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people feel safe, welcome, and needed. We envision a Sacramento region where sexual orientation and gender identity and expression are recognized as a spectrum of valued personal characteristics, universally respected and affirmed. The Center receives 50,000 service visits annually by phone, email, and in person visits from those seeking a safe place to access resources. Close to 100 young people find a place to belong, safe from bullying, free of judgment, and empowered to be who they are through the Center’s youth and coming out groups each week. We provide interactive opportunities for education and assistance to improve the health and wellness of our community throughout the year.
The Center provides HIV testing on 2nd Saturdays and special events. We currently provide referrals to HIV healthcare resources, distribute safe sex kits, and house the Strength in Numbers HIV/AIDS peer support network,organize World AIDS Day activities, and participate as partners in the Sacramento Valley AIDS Run/Walk and NorCal AIDS Cycle. We are driven toward becoming an independently certified testing center, incorporating education and regular testing into the program schedule for all of our peer support groups, and finding innovative new ways to raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to those affected by HIV.
The Center provides weekly support groups for youth, 20-Somthings, adult men and women, transgendered and transsexual individuals, LGBT seniors, those newly coming out, and HIV/AIDS affected community members. In partnership with community organizations, and an army of volunteers, the Center also offer HIV testing on site, legal clinics and referrals for housing & public benefits, disabilities. It provides space for a variety of community resources including AA, NA, and SC support groups.
The Center produces the annual Sacramento Pride Parade & Festival, Queer Youth Prom, Take Pride in Your Health & Wellness Fair, Estate Planning Workshops, Cultural Competency Trainings, Suicide Prevention, Family Building Workshops, and TheSHOW Art Exhibit. The Center has also produced wine trips, the Rainbow Reader’s Book Club, Queer Women’s Events, Drag Brunch, Courage to Stand Gala, LGBT Night at the River Cats, Lambda Awards, Friends & Family Picnic Day, and various film screenings and concerts.
Finally, the Center is a tireless advocate for LGBT rights. We play a central role as a gathering place to respond to incidents of hate and celebrate victories as they occur. We are committed to working with elected officials in the region to ensure all LGBT residents are supported and treated equally by policies at all levels of government. We supported the fight against Proposition 8, the Defense of Marriage Act, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and various other discriminatory legislation and initiatives.
The mission of Sunburst Projects is to keep families together (family preservation) by providing services that strengthen and empower individuals, families, and communities to ensure youth living with HIV/AIDS reach their highest potential.
Fulfilling the mission of helping families overcome barriers that limit their access to essential health care and supportive services is critical. Sunburst provides the following ongoing family support services for HIV/AIDS impacted families with children: Camp Sunburst, teen and young adult services, childcare services, mental health services, support groups for HIV positive women, family-centered medical case management, and HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
Our Core Values
- We focus on the quality of life and not the disease itself, and strive to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS are not subject to discrimination.
- We believe that we are all responsible for the health and emotional well being of our children and youth, yet the issue is not ours alone; governments, communities and society as a whole must also be held accountable.
- We strive to preserve the family as a unit and ensure that all family members living with HIV/AIDS have equal access to health care, housing and other supportive services.
- We practice compassionate listening and non-judgmental communication.
- We strive to provide family support services delivered with flexibility, personalized attention and cultural sensitivity.
- We strive to promote self-sufficiency and empowerment.
- We believe that we are students and teachers to one another.