Holland’s Out On The Lakeshore LGBTQ Center Celebrates First year

BTL Staff
By | 2018-05-16T12:11:15-04:00 May 16th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Out On The Lakeshore will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its community center located at 451 Columbia Ave., with an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 31.
The OOTL Community Center opened last May to provide a place for LGBTQ residents and their allies to meet and feel safe. It has provided numerous educational and training programs as well as providing programs and outreach for youth.
Because of its expanding programs and services, it moved from the north end of the building at 451 Columbia Ave., to a larger space at the south end in February.
“Some of what’s happening is we’re becoming more a resource to the community than we originally thought we would be,” noted the Rev. Jen Adams, an OOTL board member. “Just our existing has brought people to us that I didn’t think would be connecting with us. It’s grown in ways we didn’t expect.”
The center is open to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday and 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday. Among some of the programs hosted by the center have been a focus group on homeless youth, area schools’ Gay/Straight Alliance events, pop-up hours the second Monday of every month by Michigan Equality’s Department of Victim Services and a Gender SAFE support group.
Refreshments will be served at the free Open House. For more information contact Jim Larkin at 616-610-9891, or go online to outonthelakeshore.org.

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