Inside/Out Youth Services was planning to hold an open house last Friday to celebrate their new location on Potter Drive. But on the morning of that event, their new home was devastated by a fire.
By the end of the weekend, members of the community rallied around the non-profit organization to show their support. Sunday, people turned out in droves to attend a silent auction and show to help the group get a new center.
Organizers explained why having a center is so important to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth that the organization serves.
"The Inside/Out youth services is available to them like a one-stop shop to go there and talk to counselors and have people to assist them."
"The center itself means a lot...a lot of the youth in our community start there when they're coming out in high school."
According to the group's website, they provide a variety of services for LGBT youth between the ages of 13 and 22, including support groups, suicide prevention education, leadership development opportunities and career/financial skills education. The center also serves as a supervised drop-in recreation center.
Leaders of the organization hope continuing support from the community, like what was shown to the group at Club Q Sunday, will help them to quickly give their members a new place to go.