YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A new support group and resource center for the LGBT community signed the lease on its new meeting space Tuesday evening.
The Full Spectrum Community Outreach Center is located inside St. John’s Episcopal Church on Wick Avenue in Youngstown.
“Sexuality is a galaxy and not everybody ascribes to one label,” said organizer Marnie Cram. “It’s so frowned upon to be viewed as different and these support groups are needed for those people that feel lost and desperate for a home…They need somewhere to call home and people to help them, and show them care and love they probably haven’t had their entire life.”
Cram said the organization is working with the Mental Health and Recovery Board to start providing mental health counseling services for the LGBT population. She said they’re also branching out into community support groups.
“We’re looking into LGBT veteran support groups and family support groups and eventually into suicide support groups as well,” she said. “And from there on out, we want to work on providing emergency housing for the LGBT population and runaway youth, or youth that have been kicked out of their house or ran away because of their sexuality.”
Public meetings will start in mid-August to bring people from Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties together in a safe place.
There will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Sunday to support the center. It will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Tickets are $10.
For more information about support group meetings and the upcoming fundraiser, visit the Full Spectrum Community Outreach Center on Facebook or on its website. Counselors are available online or by calling the organization’s 211 hotline.
A video with the center’s organizers about what they hope to achieve in the community is available to view on Erika Thomas’ Facebook page.