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Pacific Center News 05/05/2023

Dear folx, We are pleased to announce that we have signed our lease and are ready to reveal our new location to you, our community members! Please see our press release below for all the details. This press release will be going out to local media next week, but you get a sneak peek. Thank you for your ongoing support of Pacific Center. We are so excited for this new chapter for Pacific Center and our community. Please note: we are looking for community members and funders to underwrite our move. Please drop me a note if you can help or donate here. Warmly, -Lasara HUMAN GROWTH ANNOUNCES MOVE TO ADA-ACCESSIBLE LOCATION IN DOWNTOWN BERKELEY Pacific Center for Human Growth, the Bay Area's oldest nonprofit focused on providing mental health services to the LGBTQIA+ community, announced today that it will leave its longtime location on Telegraph Avenue and move to a more fully ADA-accessible space closer to BART in downtown Berkeley. The organization anticipates vacating the 2-story Edwardian home it has occupied since 1978 at 2712 Telegraph Avenue and completing its move to 2130 Center Street, Suite 200 by fall, with no interruption in services. The Telegraph Avenue building is being torn down to make space for a housing development. “We’re looking forward to being in our new location," said Lasara Firefox Allen, Pacific Center’s Executive Director. “In response to the community feedback survey we sent out last year, the highest ranked priority was finding a space closer to BART, and we prioritized that request in settling on our new location." Allen added, “Proximity to BART will not only make it easier for our existing clients to get to the Center, but provides an opportunity for us to reach new community members, including young people and folks who rely on public transportation. An added benefit is that there's so much more going on in downtown Berkeley, including a lot more foot traffic." The new offices also have the benefit of being on one floor with an elevator to the door and no stairs to navigate, unlike the current building, which has multiple floors and no elevator. “The lack of accessibility in our current building has long been a known issue, and we’re overjoyed to be moving somewhere with accessibility for all,” Allen said. "It was important to take all of our community's desires and needs into account when looking for our new space." The move coincides with Pacific Center's celebration of its 50th anniversary as a local LGBTQIA+ service organization. In 2022, the nonprofit provided therapy, peer support groups, community outreach services, and facilitated workshops to more 3,500 individual clients. Individuals interested in more information about Pacific Center or the pending move can contact the Center at: info@pacificcenter.org, or 510-548-8283. About the Pacific Center Founded in 1973, Pacific Center for Human Growth is the oldest LGBTQIA+ center in the Bay Area, the third oldest in the nation, and operates the only sliding scale mental health clinic for LGBTQIA+ and QTBIPOC people and their families in Alameda County. Utilizing dozens of independent contractors, nearly 200 volunteers, and 12 staff members, Pacific Center provides direct services for Alameda County and the greater Bay Area LGBTQIA+ communities.


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