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Hey there,
Letter from a Director
This past weekend, I attended a Master Class on healing collective trauma. While trauma can be deeply wounding, it can also help create deep healing and resilience. We all have our personal traumas and over generations and through epigenetics, collective traumas are manifested. There was plenty in this session that makes me want to listen again, and one phrase that did stay with me was this: trauma is taking a loan from our future. When we live in our trauma, we live in the past, not present for our lives today. When our trauma remains unrecognized, we collectively create situations like we see in the world today—pandemics, political insanity, social injustices, global warming. 
I have wondered how this experience of so much strife, stress, grief, and isolation will be held in our bodies and in the bodies of future generations. I am choosing to believe that although this time is one full of grief and distance from each other, it can also be the impetus for imagining, and creating a different world. We get closer to that new future when we reach out, be present in the moment, and connect with others. Healing can happen, right now, and being a therapist inside an organization that prioritizes that healing for our community is a blessing.
We’re here for you.
Jill Hingston, Ph.D, LMFT
Director of Behavioral Health Programs
Video Storytelling Project: Behavioral Health
Caring for more people.
Click here to learn more about our We're Here for You Video Storytelling Project
Have you ever accessed therapy?
Yes, regularly
Yes, for a brief time
No, but I have thought about it
No, I have no interest
No, because of barriers like cost or language
Last week's question asked as the pandemic prolongs how confident you were about access to food. Thankfully 91.7% said you were confident, 6.1% said you were tentative, while 2.2% said you were uncertain. Check further down our newsletter for details about The Community Food Bank @ The Center and know that in these uncertain times, we're here for you.
Upcoming @ The Center
Make a wreath and brighten our spirits.
The Center's Wreath Auction takes place online on Monday, November 30th and we've planned an entertainment, fun-packed, virtual get-together planned for you. You can even watch it virtually at 849 Restaurant and Lounge if you book now.
But none of this is possible without the creativity of the many wreath makers out there, so dust off your creativity, warm up your glue guns, unpack the hammer and nails and kick-off the holiday season with some festive cheer and cheerful wreaths.
All submissions need to be at The Center no later than November 13th so we can beautifully photograph them for their web-sational auction debut.
Sign up here or visit here for more details.
Eisenhower Health @ Home Series
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, PrEP, is a powerful prevention tool taken daily to prevent HIV.
Join Alex del Rosario, MD (Eisenhower); Rob Finatnilla, PA (Borrego Health) and Andy Ansell, PrEP Negotiator (DAP) for an informative panel discussion regarding PrEP and PEP care services here in the Coachella Valley during COVID. Bring your questions!
Wednesday, October 21st
5:30 to 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
No Password
Coming November 4th!
Good sleep is more important now than ever, too little sleep at night can make you feel more stressed, leading to an exhausting and continuous cycle of counting sheep.
Get helpful tips to help you leave any stress behind before you go to bed.
from Talene Churukian, DO, MPH
Register here.
Wednesday, November 4th
5:30 to 6:30pm
Meeting ID: 975 8966 4971
No Password
Featured Programs
Next Week
Thursday, October 29th
Starts Next Week
Thursday, October 29th
Our virtual space for ALL of our LGBTQ community members to come together, talk with one another, and move through the conversation about race. The space will be facilitated by Lex Ortega, Director of Innovation & Community Engagement here @ The Center. This month’s topic: White Privilege.
Starting Oct 29th Thursdays @ 10am, hosted by Lynn Simonson.
Engage in gentle seated stretches, grounding breath techniques and calming guided meditations
More Online Programs
In need of connection? Join us Monday through Friday online in our Zoom Meetings, like Knit Together, Women's Chat, Men's Chat, and more.
Get Resources
Help is Here. Get low-cost virtual therapy @ The Center
Behavioral Health @ The Center is still accepting new clients for virtual, low cost therapy for the LGBTQ community.
Our clinical internship program offers high quality, affordable counseling tailored to your personal needs.
To start the process, call Mike Martin at:
760 416 7899
or email:
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The Community Food Bank @ The Center
The Community Food Bank @ The Center is located at 610 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs and is open for distribution every Thursday from 5PM - 7PM.
Regular hours for Food Bank donation drop-offs are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to Noon.
NEW! - Curbside drop off hours: Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Collecting barrels will be available in front of our food bank facility for easy drive by - drop and go!
Get help with rent
If you’re a Riverside County resident in need of rental assistance due to COVID-19, the application for help is still open. Applications can be submitted at any time between now and the end of November.
Take Action
Help in a Community Health Needs Assessment
Friends of The Center are invited to join an online focus group to discuss the more pressing health and social issues in our community. We want to learn about broad needs in our community as well as needs specific to the LGBTQ community. This work is being done for a community health needs assessment being conducted by the Desert Healthcare District, in partnership with HARC.
The focus group will be held on October 29th, from 12pm to 1pm.
Join us TODAY for our Spook-tacular Food Drive-Thru...
The Community Food Bank @ The Center is holding a Halloween themed Trunk or Treat Food Drive-Thru today, Wednesday, October 21st between 10am and Noon.
Donation items we need are -
  • Canned Goods: Tomatoes, Soup, Beans, String Beans, Corn, Fruit
  • Canned prepared Food: Spaghetti-O's, Beef Stew, Chili, etc.
  • Rice, 1 Pound Package
  • Dry Beans, 1 Pound Package
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Ramen
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Protein & Granola Bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Cat Food & Dog Food
Dress up and join the goulash fun. Our team of kookie zombies promise not to be too grave as they dig through your trunk for goodies.
Get tested for COVID to help our County!
Because our county's COVID numbers are not where they need to be based on state guidelines, once again some indoor operations of businesses are being forced to close. Read more about the news here.
You can help decrease transmission rates by following public health guidance, and confirming your status by getting tested for COVID at these locations.
Testing is for everyone, regardless of immigration status or insurance.
Reasons to VOTE #1 & #2
In partnership with our friends at Actionlink we're counting down the weeks to the election by sharing reasons to vote. If you haven't voted already, please make sure that you exercise your right to have your voice heard in shaping a future that's right for us all.
Business Partners
Support those who give!
Please help support the businesses who support The Center, the work we do, and who give back so generously to our community. Click here for a list of Business Partners with The Center.
Community Events
Brothers of the Desert presents
their 2nd Annual Wellness (Virtual) Summit
Saturday November 14th, 9:00am - 12:30pm
in response to COVID-19 Brothers of the Desert will conduct its 2nd Annual Wellness Summit virtually, focusing on Black gay men called “Still We Rise, Our Stories Matter,” centered around the theme of resilience. it will look at how Black gay men, along with the support of allies, partners, friends, and family, find and access strength, hope, support and creativity around three topic areas:
  • Coming out and becoming our authentic selves;
  • Embracing intimacy and relationships in all forms;
  • Accessing and building support through troubling times.
Featured speakers include renowned spiritual leader, author and award winning gospel music artist, Bishop Yvette Flunder, social justice advocate and CEO of Tru Evolution, Gabriel Maldonado, motivational speaker and CEO of Life Maximizer Donnie Hill, Former Palm Springs Mayor, Ron Oden and will be hosted by Coachella Valley TV personality Bryan Gallo.
With the current landscape of COVID-19 and the increasing awareness of the impact of systemic racism, our summit focus on how building and sustaining resilience is vital for our continued survival and growth as a part of the Coachella Valley community.
Register here
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Join the virtual conversation today and this weekend!
Join PALS seniors and future seniors, for planning ahead prior to a health issue. Conversations create personal network; personal networks create a community that cares.
This Saturday:
Zoom Seminar
Journey's Through Grief
Saturday, October 24th, 2020, 9am - 10am
Register here
PALS Café: Every Wednesday, 4 PM – 5 PM on various pertinent topics.
October 21 – Maintaining Sanity Before, During & After the Election
Password: PALS Cafe Zoom Link here
PS Pride Run/Walk, Nov 6-8, 2020
The Palm Springs Frontrunners & Walkers are bringing the spirit of the Palm Springs Pride 5K Run & Walk 2020 virtually! The Race/Walk cannot occur as in years past, but you can still make a HUGE impact by running, walking, skipping or dancing to help raise funds for The LGBT Community Center of the Desert! *Virtual confetti*
At this year’s virtual event, you choose your own 5K route, your own starting time, and your own pace! And best of all - anyone around the globe can participate. Just run or walk your 5k between November 6th and November 8th - and optionally upload your results by the end of day on the 8th.
You can join our Team (The Center) or register as a team/individual! Let’s make this year’s event the most colorful ever!
Check out these virtual events from Gay Desert Guide
Virtual Lesbian Speed Dating, LGBT Secrets of the Louvre Museum, and more. Check out their list of events on their Facebook page here, or sign up for their weekly newsletter here.
They were here, and they were ours
Introducing a new section in our weekly newsletter, where we honor the memory of folks in our community who have passed.
Patricia Ann Walter (1934-2020)
Mom passed away in April from COVID. She was a decades long activist, and an early outspoken ally and advocate for gay rights. She believed being OUT and open was the best way we secure our equality. - Kevin Walter
Ed Drysdale (1944-1993)
Ed and I met while I was a lifeguard at Boy Scout camp in Lake Arrowhead and he was an Explorer. He had a great career with Geary's and Macy's. He died in 1993. I miss him! - J.A.Tuttle
Henrik Schutz (1951-1992)
I met Henrik at the San Francisco YMCA in the gym. We enjoyed rock music and went to concerts together. We spent many evenings disco dancing at the I-Beam. He died of AIDS in 1992. I miss him! - J.A.Tuttle
If you'd like to submit a name for inclusion here, please fill out this form.
Submissions received by 5PM Friday will be included in the next week's newsletter, for two consecutive weeks.
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