Max Disposti | North County Update
At the end of this year, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center will celebrate three years of its own existence and seven years of Pride celebrations.
Just few years back, a group of dedicated board volunteers began working on the dream of opening a North County LGBT Center. We used to meet at my house first, then at coffee shops and libraries and together imagined what the Center should look like; the name, how to run it and how people could use it once opened. Those were our very first strategic planning sessions.
As planned, we opened the Center in December 2011, filled it with people and services, created a safe space for everyone and accommodated over 10,000 people per year. Fantastic!
However, now we need and want to do more.
How can we accommodate the needs of almost a hundred thousand LGBT individuals that live in North County?
How can we reach as far as Escondido while providing service programs and fun activities to anyone in need?
How do we make sure that not only Oceanside, but also the rest of North County and its entire business community can become more LGBT friendly?
Last but not least, how do we get our own local LGBT people to financially support our presence and expand our visibility?
To answer these questions, the board of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center went for a full retreat session during the first weekend of August.
Centerlink Executive Director Terry Stones came to facilitate our strategic planning, which he did with great enthusiasm and positive energy. Thank you Terry!
Like the previous retreat, this one will also take our organization to the next level. Serving the underserved, increasing our visibility, representation and political power in the North County region. A new mission statement with a new inclusive vision and added leadership are just a few of the changes our organization now faces..
We are even thinking about moving into a bigger space sometime next year to better accommodate all the growth we have planned for the future.
If you live in North County and you want to stay connected to the local community, this is an opportunity for you to make a huge difference and contribute to our North County history. Become a board member a business sponsor or a monthly supporter — or all three — and be part of the change that you want to see in the future.
For information please call our Resource Center at 760-994-1690 or visit our website at ncresourcecenter.org.
—Max Disposti is a human rights activist, a community organizer and the founder and executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center. He is currently also serving as a board member of the Oceanside City Library and of Main Street Oceanside and previously served on Oceanside’s Community Relations Commission. He can be reached at email@example.com.