For Immediate Release
Contact: Steven Clark/Howard Matzner
UNION COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
JOINS FORCES WITH BRONX LGBTQ CENTER
TO OFFER SUPPORT AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE
LGBTQ residents of the Bronx now have available a support group and free legal clinic as a result of a partnership between Union Community Health Center (UCHC) and the Bronx LGBTQ Center.
An LGBTQ Youth Group is meeting every Friday from 4pm-5pm at Union Community Health Center, 260 East 188th Street, the Bronx. During these group sessions, topics are selected for discussion by the group, including bullying, healthy relationships, domestic violence, education and parent & teen communication. The Youth Group is a safe zone for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and their straight allies aged 12-20. For more information, contact 718-618-8569.
“Union’s Teen Health Center has been a safe and welcoming place for Bronx youth for several years, and we are very excited to open our doors, share our experience, and extend our services to LGBTQ youth,” said Dr. Uri Belkind, Director of Adolescent Medicine at Union Community Health Center. “Here, LGBTQ youth will find a haven in which they can relate with other youth in an open and healthy environment, as well as take part in all the other activities and services that Union’s Teen Health Center offers. We look forward to helping all our youth build strong, healthy relationships with their peers.”
Additionally, every first and third Tuesday of the month from 6pm-8pm, Union Community Health Center hosts the Bronx LGBTQ Legal Clinic. During these clinic sessions, volunteer lawyers offer consultations at no cost to the public. The attorneys provide general guidance on individual’s specific issues, make legal referrals and offer helpful legal resources. No appointment is necessary, although those interested are encouraged to arrive between 6pm-6:30pm to register. For more information about the Legal Clinic, email Bronx@le-gal.org or call 212-353-9118.
The LGBTQ Legal Clinic is the result of a partnership between The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL), The Bronx LGBTQ Center and Union Community Health Center.
“We are very excited to launch a clinic in another borough, and once again bring LGBT legal assistance closer to people that need it,” said Matthew Skinner, interim executive director of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.
“We are thrilled to partner with such esteemed organizations as Union and LeGaL to provide these services. It is our hope to be able to open a safe space this year and increase the level of support we can offer to our communities,” Moises L. Cascante, president of the Bronx LGBTQ Center, stated. “Working together with everyone, we know we can make that happen. We thank Union and LeGaL for their support and assistance and look forward to working with others to ensure the Bronx LGBTQ community receives the support and services it needs.”
“The Bronx LGBTQ Center provides a range of vital and greatly needed services to the people of the Bronx,” said Douglas L. York, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Union Community Health Center. “We are very pleased to work closely with the Center as they continue to bring these important resources to our patients and community.”
Union Community Health Center is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike that provides approximately 155,000 medical, dental and physical rehabilitation visits each year to approximately 28,000 individual patients at its four locations in the Bronx. To learn more about Union Community Health Center, visit www.uchcbronx.org.
The Bronx LGBTQ Center is a New York State not-for-profit corporation located in and serving the LGBTQ communities of the Bronx and its surrounding neighborhoods of upper Manhattan (above 96th Street) and lower Westchester County. To learn more about The Bronx LGBTQ Center, visit BronxLGBTQcenter.org.