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Central to Center on Halsted’s mission is advancing the health and wellness of the LGBTQA communities of Chicagoland. That means your health and well-being are at the center of our mission. Within these uncertain times, Center on Halsted is doing what we do best, prioritizing the needs of our community (social and emotional support, connection, and resources like food) while actively committing to reducing potential threats, including the realities of preventing the transmission of COVID-19/Coronavirus.

This virus is a particular threat to our elders, people with chronic conditions, and people with compromised immune systems, but we must all be part of the solution. This responsibility for one another is what defines our community. Please be assured, we are here with you and we are here for you.

Next Steps

As we monitor the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus and the response to it, we will be taking actions based on guidance locally from Chicago Department of Health, nationally from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Cancer Association, and globally from the World Health Organization. At this time, we are reviewing all programs and services and developing a response plan that balances the needs of our community with the realities of preventing the transmission of COVID-19/Coronavirus.

The skills to respond to a health crisis are a part of our history and present. LGBTQ+ people came together during the outbreak of HIV/AIDS, educating one another, caring for one another, and providing for each other’s needs. We continue to come together in this way to meet each other’s needs when larger systems fail us. For more information on how to protect yourself from Coronavirus, view our COVID-19 Poster.

Changes

When the Center changes our program or service offerings or should we need to close for any period of time, we want to keep everyone informed. Please refer to our website where we will communicate these changes: centeronhalsted.org Aside from our email list and website, there are other ways you can reach us.

Call us at 773–472–6469 and a receptionist will either answer your inquiry or transfer you to someone who can. Should reception be unable to answer your call, please leave a message in our general delivery mailbox and we will call you back as quickly as possible.

Email us at mail@centeronhalsted.org and your message will be forwarded to the right person. Message us on Facebook which we will be checking regularly. Please also follow us on Facebook for updated information about programs and events.

Center on Halsted is here to ensure that the people in our community have access to food and other necessities, social connection, mental health support, and safety planning. Center staff and volunteers are mobilizing to fill the gaps as other organizations suspend services, as people are quarantined, and as in-person services are reduced.

Help us meet this new demand by making a donation or email us about volunteering.

Click here for more information on what LGBTQ+ People Need to Know about Coronavirus from the National LGBT Cancer Network.

We are not leaving you, and you are not alone.

With Pride & Resilience,

Modesto Tico Valle
Chief Executive Officer

Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s largest community center dedicated to advancing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Movement.

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