Nearly a year in the making, San Benito County’s first-ever gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth resource center and safe space is opening its doors on Saturday.
As reported by BenitoLink, the center and safe space is the result of a partnership forged between San Benito High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance club and the county’s Behavioral Health Department.
The opening was originally scheduled for the start of the school year. But because of staffing issues the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) LGBTQ Project—the unofficial name for the one day a week resource center and safe space serving high school-age youth—was delayed, explained Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor and the county’s point-person on the project, Veronica Gallacher, in an email to BentioLink.
And she added that center’s debut this weekend holds special significance.
“Opening day was timed to coincide with Coming Out Week and LGBTQ history month as well as LGBTQ Center Awareness day [on] 10/19,” she said.
The Esparanza Center, located in downtown Hollister, will serve as the resource center and safe space’s home. It will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This weekend's grand opening will include live music, food, games, and prizes. In addition, attendees will vote on the center's official name and logo.
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The Esperanza Center
544 San Benito Street, Suite 102
Hollister, Ca., 95023
Monday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
San Benito County Behavioral Health Services
1131 San Felipe Rd.
Hollister, CA 95023