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HE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER
will be one that celebrates diversity and acknowledges the dignity of all LGBTQ people, especially providing support and a “shelter from the storm” for LGBTQ youth. THE SGV GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER will serve the greater San Gabriel Valley, enriching and improving the lives of that community. The Center will stress volunteerism and service to the entire community, both straight and gay. We acknowledge that what affects the least of our brothers and sisters affects us all.
VALUES - WHAT DOES THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER STAND FOR?

Our work in pursuit of providing much needed support and 'safety-net' services to the LGBTQ Community is characterized by these values:

COURAGE - We will courageously pursue our mission despite any cost, risk or opposition.

HUMILITY - We will serve the LGBTQ Community with humility and a spirit of servanthood, putting the needs of others before our own.

EXCELLENCE - We will speak up for the disenfranchised and oppressed as a professional, first-class organization.
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FEED PASADENA 
Help us feed the hungry in Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley.

In a recent Fox News report, it was stated that 48 million Americans will have their food stamps benefits slashed as the recession-era boost in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program expires. This will amount to about $36 per month for a family of four. This puts at risk millions of Americans who are living at the margins. 
 
The first program of the newly created SGV Gay & Lesbian Center will be "FEED PASADENA" in cooperation with the Pasadena Public Health Department and the Pasadena Police Dept. Our target population will be those individuals who are HIV positive. However - NO ONE will be turned away as long as we have food available. Please click on the "News and Events" tab above for the project description.
 
There is NO REASON why anyone in Pasadena should go to bed hungry. Let us celebrate the season of Christmas and giving by going out of our 'comfort zones', and helping those who are hungry and in need of support. YOU can be a blessing to someone who truly needs it.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FEED PASADENA, visit the website at FeedPasadena.org or CLICK HERE. 

The next meeting of those interested in volunteering will be Saturday June 28 at 11am at Pastor Rick's office on the campus of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1757 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA  91104.

PROPOSAL to the City of Pasadena

FROM THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER

for “FEED PASADENA”

Contact: Rev. Rick Eisenlord, rickgoodshepherd@gmail.com, (213) 631-0373


GOAL

To establish and provide “Emergency Care Paks” as well as a food bank in the City of Pasadena. The target demographic will be those HIV+ residents within the City of Pasadena suffering from food scarcity who are not served by AIDS Project Los Angeles, as well as homeless individuals who may or may not be  HIV+. This effort will be an all volunteer program, securing those individuals who want to help from throughout the San Gabriel Valley. While this program is directed to the HIV positive population in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley areas, NO ONE will be turned away from the food bank while food exists.


“FEED PASADENA” will have 3 components:


1. “Emergency Care Paks" for Operation LINK. Through a generous grant from Venice Family Clinic-Simms Mann Health & Wellness Center, the San Gabriel Valley Gay and Lesbian Center in cooperation with Good Shepherd Church Pasadena will provide 50 hygiene and 50 food protein bags each month to the City of Pasadena Public Health Dept. We will receive the “care paks" from Venice Family Clinic-Simms Mann Health & Wellness Center and distribute them to Ed Cockrell. The San Gabriel Valley Gay & Lesbian Center will be charged with keeping accurate statistics and figures as to dates, places and numbers distributed. This program will start immediately with the first distribution to the City scheduled for Saturday December 14, 2013. Our funding commitment is for 6 months, at which time we will evaluate the program and its needs/goals/funding. 


The contents of the “Emergency Care Paks: will include the following:                                          

Non-Perishable items, including:

Canned goods, soups, beans, and cooked vegetables. Canned meats like spam, beef stew, corned beef hash, tuna and chicken.

Cans with easy open tops are best. Juice, protein bars.

Single serving items, mac n’ cheese, chili.

Snack items…crackers, chips combination cracker-cheese packages.

Dry pasta, macaroni, spaghetti, noodles.


Hygiene items, including…hand sanitizers, tooth paste, tooth brush, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, disposable razors, combs, hairbrushes, hair clips, small packs of tissues, hand and face lotions, bandaids, antibiotic ointment, mouthwash, bars of soap.


2. “Emergency Care Paks" for Project Hope. Through a generous grant from Venice Family Clinic-Simms Mann Health & Wellness Center, the San Gabriel Valley Gay and Lesbian Center in cooperation with Good Shepherd Church Pasadena will provide 15 hygiene and 15 food protein bags each month to the City of Pasadena Police Dept. Project Hope. We will receive the “care paks" from Venice Family Clinic-Simms Mann Health & Wellness Center and distribute them to Officer Scott. The San Gabriel Valley Gay & Lesbian Center will be charged with keeping accurate statistics and figures as to dates, places and numbers distributed This program will start immediately with the first distribution to the City scheduled for Saturday December 14, 2013. Our funding commitment is for 6 months, at which time we will evaluate the program and its needs/goals/funding. 


3. HIV Food Bank. The San Gabriel Valley Gay and Lesbian Center in cooperation with Good Shepherd Church Pasadena will supplement the HIV Food Bank currently run by the City of Pasadena. The details of that program are as follows.


Food Collection


The San Gabriel Valley Gay and Lesbian Center leadership and volunteers will collect food through food drives at various locations in Pasadena.


Grocery Stores: Five sites, two Saturdays per month.

Large employers: Several times a year.

Restaurants and bakeries: Frequency to be negotiated.

Food Share: To be negotiated.


Food Storage


We will need to secure a storage space for items collected. One option is to rent a commercial storage locker for nonperishable items.The emphasis during food drives will be on non-perishable goods and hygiene items. If refrigerator/freezer space can be obtained, collection will expand to perishables.


Distribution Goals


Food distribution will happen on alternating weeks with the Pasadena Public Health Dept. Our target to start in February 2014 with 30 individuals served. In May 2014, that goal will increase to 50 individuals served twice a month. In July the program will reach final target goals of serving 50 individuals weekly.


HIV FOOD BANK TIMELINE


January 2014: Secure a group of volunteers to man the food drives and collection/distribution.

February 2014: Establish relationships with grocery stores, begin establishing relationships with restaurants, bakeries, and large employers. Obtain food drive equipment (barrels, tables and chairs) and arrange truck transportation. Finalize storage details. Begin advertising distribution date and location. Hold first food collection drive. Hold first distribution.

March 2014: Collect and distribute food to feed 30 individuals twice a month. Schedule and begin holding food drives at major employers.

May 2014: Continue food drives. Collect and distribute food to 50 individuals twice a month. Recruit additional volunteers.

July 2014: Increase frequency of food drives and distribution to weekly.


PUBLIC RELATIONS & PROMOTION


The website www.feedpasadena.org has been secured. This website will be used to advertise dates of distribution, recruit volunteers, secure donations, list emergency resources and provide educational information on healthy living. The site is currently being designed and should go live before the end of the year.



“Feed Pasadena” is a joint effort by the San Gabriel Valley Gay and Lesbian Center and Good Shepherd Church Pasadena.



Outline of Proposed Programs of THE SGV GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER

The following is a partial list of services and programs that we envision the Center providing:

Feed The Hungry - We will work to provide emergency food and hygiene items to the HIV homeless in the Pasadena area
Youth Programs - Counseling, mental health services and recreational opportunities
Substance abuse programs
After school tutoring for LGBT youth
Roommate and housing referrals
HIV testing
Transgendered support groups
LGBT cultural education
Policy and advocacy
Bi-sexual support
Adult Gay Men’s and Lesbian support
Programs/support services directed to minority LGBT communities, including African American, Latino and Asian populations
LGBT parenting support (LGBT individuals who have adopted or serve as foster care)
LGBT Scholarships for young people in the San Gabriel Valley