The new facility will be located at 6705 Detroit Avenue across the street from The Center's current location, and will provide a versatile and modern space that will include programming and meeting space more than twice as large as the current Center location.
"When we were looking for a new home for the Center, a few universal themes emerged. It must be visible, accessible, sustainable, and within the city. What we will have is a traditional community center operating within a 21st century model. It is a place that all LGBTQ people, allies, and partner organizations can access in one location, with a spirit of community and welcome." - Tom Schiltz, President, Board of Directors.
The ceremony will begin at 12 PM and will include a gathering outside of the new facility location, a ceremonial groundbreaking by Executive Director Phyllis Harris and the Board of Directors, followed by photos and a brief reception. For those unable to attend this historic moment in person, the groundbreaking event will be livestreamed on the Center's Facebook here.
The new facility was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous angel donor who contributed nearly $5 million dollars to cover the cost of the building, including the purchase of the lot, demolition, new construction and related expenses. The Center will own its property for the first time in its history. The Center will be sustained well into the future with a $1 million endowment made possible by a $500,000 challenge grant awarded by The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation and the generous investments of hundreds of donors.
"We are incredibly grateful to our generous donors and dedicated community partners for helping us realize this dream. Collectively, we are creating an environment where LGBTQ people throughout northeast Ohio and beyond will be affirmed, celebrated and provided with the best services and programs that we all deserve. We look forward to welcoming the community to The Center's new home." - Phyllis Harris, Executive Director.
Please join us on Wednesday, December 13th at 12 PM at 6705 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102. For more information about the event, contact Development Manager, Shae London at (216) 651-5428 x 109 or by email at SLondon@lgbtcleveland.org.