Help LGBTQ and Under-Served Homeless

Partnered with Tacoma’s Rainbow Center to help LGBTQ and under-served homeless community members of Pierce County
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Shelters are often inhospitable places for people who identify as LGBTQ and often we hear first hand accounts from community members who have remained closeted when receiving social services for fear that their peers may discover and discriminate against or harm them.

Burners Without Borders extended support to The Rainbow Center and Oasis Youth Center to make their Point in Time project more accessible to the homeless LGBTQ youth population in Pierce County.

BWB provided financial and volunteer support at a two day outreach breakfast for the homeless and under-served community. Homeless community members and homeless youth were encouraged to attend, receive a hot meal and participate in the 2015 Point In Time national count.

BWB volunteers helped prepare and serve breakfast to community members throughout the day event, allowing Rainbow Center staff to focus on completing the data collection and survey questionnaire in addition to scheduling in-takes and private screenings with their onsite Advocates for Victims of Crime.

The data and insights collected from participants of the event enabled the Rainbow Center to participate on a greater level with the community they serve by understanding the scope and types of resources needed to prevent and end youth homelessness.