Programming at the Center

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Supporting Community Enrichment

At the Center, our main focus is improving the quality of life for all residents of Northwest Florida. To facilitate growth in our community and fostering connections that strengthen the area, we work with local and regional organizations to provide exciting programs.

Do you have an idea for a community engagement program you would like to do with the Center? Let us know!

Positive Connections: 

An ongoing support group for men and women living with HIV.  Focus on topical issues related to living with HIV/AIDS: Stigma, Coping & Stress, Depression, Family and Friends and much more. Support members can range from people who are newly diagnosed to those who have lived POZ for years.

Contact:  Angela Bernard, LPN - Early Intervention Consultant / Outreach Coordinator

Florida Department of Health in Bay County

597 W. 11th Street

Panama City, FL 32401

(850) 252-9536-Direct Line  

(850) 867-2078-Cell

 

Heart to Art:  

Our monthly indoor LGBTQ+ Art and Craft program at the Center. Join us to discover and create original artwork including paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass work, textiles, and clothing. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

For more information e-mail: info@lgbtqcenterofbaycounty.org  

 

Narcotics Anonymous: 

NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using.

Bridge to Freedom 

Location:1608 Baker Court, Panama City

When: Tuesday - 7:30 p.m.

          Wednesday - 8:00 p.m. 

          Saturday - 7:30 p.m.

 

Al-Anon:

Al-Anon is a "worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.

Location:1608 Baker Court, Panama City

When: Saturday -10:30 a.m.– 11:45 a.m.

 

Gay AA:

Addiction & Recovery: The LGBTQ+ Community encounters different struggles during the addiction recovery process than other communities, which is why we host Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for LGBTQ+ folks. When peer support is a big part of these community-based organizations recovery programs, it's important for those peers to be a part of the community you identify with.  Meeting times TBD.

For more information please email: info@lgbtqcenterofbaycounty.org

 

Community Suppers:  

FREE COMMUNITY SUPPER EVERY THURSDAY 6-7 p.m.

The Center, along with 6 community partners, provides a free meal every Thursday evening.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Location: St. Andrews Episcopal Church 

             1608 Baker Court, Panama City

 

Homelessness:

The Center was awarded a HUD ESG Grant in 2021. The purpose of the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program is to assist individuals and families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. If you are experiencing homelessness or near homelessness, please contact the Center HUD program at 850-818-2126.

 

Community Cupboard Food Pantry: 

If you are in need of food, compassion, and basic household supplies, then you have come to the right place. The Center’s  Community Cupboard was established as a way to share our abundance with members of our community who have fallen on hard times or are suffering from food insecurity. 

Contact: casemanager@lgbtqcenterofbaycounty.org

 

GSA’s  and  GSA PROM: 

Research confirms that the presence of a Gay Straight Alliance has a positive and lasting effect on student health, wellness, and academic performance. It can also protect students from harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and improve school climates for all students in the long-term. The Center currently sponsors 5 area GSA’s,  and would like to see a GSA in every middle and high school in the Bay District School System.

The Center also sponsors our GSA Prom. A dance where students from different schools, varying races and economic backgrounds, as well as gender identities and sexual orientations, can come together under one roof is a rare treat from the normal social and cultural divisions. This is a wonderful event!