Expanded Resources for LGBT Community
Since 2001, The Rainbow Center, in partnership with Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta, has served the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons living in metro Atlanta. Now in its second decade, The Rainbow Center will expand and split its mission into two separate programs beginning November 1, 2013.
The name of The Rainbow Center will be retired in recognition of a need for expanded resources and services. SOJOURN, the Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity, will provide resources, educational programming, advocacy, and religious connections. The Rainbow Center’s founder, Rabbi Joshua Lesser, says, “Our community has grown and evolved significantly since we began The Rainbow Center over a decade ago. The GSD [gender and sexual diversity] community has new challenges and needs an expanded approach as we continue our journey towards full inclusion in all areas of society. We are grateful for the support that Jewish Family and Career Services has given us and we look forward to a strong partnership with JF&CS for many years to come.”
JF&CS will expand its role in addressing the unmet need in counseling and emotional support in the LGBT community through its Counseling Services Division – Tools for Life. These services will include, but are not limited to one to one counseling, groups, bullying prevention activities and other services that are needed by this community. JF&CS CEO Gary Miller stated, “Our mission as a human service organization is to focus on those services that can make the greatest impact for the individuals served and for the metropolitan Atlanta community. We believe our expertise in mental health services will enhance the clinical supports and results.
We are confident that this collaboration will serve the best interests for the LGBT community.”
JF&CS LGBT services will continue to be headquartered at its 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road office location, and throughout all of its 20 plus synagogue networks.
SOJOURN will be housed at the Philip Rush Center in Candler Park. The Rush Center is also home to Atlanta Pride, The Health Initiative, Georgia Equality, and other LGBT-focused agencies. The Rush Center, which is beginning a two-phase expansion, boasts office space, meeting rooms, and event space for SOJOURN’s use.
For information on Sojourn: http://sojourngsd.org
For information on JF&CS Counseling Services: http://yourtoolsforliving.org