A prominent Harrisburg organization that supports the LGBTQ community will leave its current location in search of a new home.
The LGBT Center of Central PA announced its plans to move this month from its location at 1306 N. 3rd St, where it has resided since 2012.
“A number of factors have aligned to indicate that now is the right time to make this move,” said Amanda Arbour, executive director of the center, in a statement. “While we’re excited about the opportunity to find a new, larger space to support our growing staff and programs, we recognize that this was the center’s first home of our own and leaving it is bittersweet. We’re grateful for all of the work that went into creating this space for the center.”
The center has been closed to the public throughout the pandemic, opting instead for virtual programming.
“Our goal was to reopen for in-person programming again, but our plans have changed,” Arbour said.
The center staff will work remotely out of the GLO-Harrisburg building on N. 3rd Street until they find a new, larger home. Arbour said that they plan to solicit community feedback about what people hope to see in a new space.
A farewell party will be held on Oct. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. across from the center, in the grass lot at N. 3rd and Verbeke streets. Past and present staff and board members will be recognized and there will be an “open mic” time for people to share memories and reflections.
Light refreshments will be provided, and attendees are asked to wear masks.
The LGBT Center provides programming for LGBTQ youth, transgender and non-binary people, queer and trans people of color and LGBTQ older adults. It also provides virtual training and education sessions for the community.
For more information about the LGBT Center of Central PA, visit their website.
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