May 18, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
An LGBT center in Woodside will begin offering an array of services geared toward LGBT youth in a new program starting today.
The LGBT Youth Drop In Center, the name of the new initiative, will be located within the AIDS Center of Queens County offices at 62-07 Woodside Ave., with a focus on helping homeless and at-risk LGBT teens and young adults between the ages of 13 and 24.
Free services available as part of the program include hot meals, shower and bathroom facilities, and education and job readiness programs. Staff at the site, for example, can help youth prepare for their GED or apply to college, and find job fairs.
Other services include help with immigration and legal services, and a space for creative arts and recreational activities. Urgent medical and mental health care services will also be available, including alcohol and substance use counseling, PReP/PEP, and HIV testing.
Rosemary Lopez, ACQC Executive Director, said the new center will be a safe and supportive space for LGBT youth—a population often at-risk.
“It is a privilege to join with our community partners in celebrating the opening of this special facility, and a duty for ACQC to open and operate this unique and much-needed center in Queens,” Lopez said in a statement.
The drop in center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.