OutCenter of Southwest Michigan
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The OutCenter of Southwest Michigan's mission is to provide support and advocacy for respect, understanding and nondiscrimination to LGBTQ+ people and their families in Southwest Michigan (Berrien, Cass, Van Buren Counties).
Programs provide LGBTQ+ youth, adults and families the necessary support they need. And now through a unique program sharing initiative by multiple LGBQ+ centers in Michigan, the OutCenter has grown access to programs and services by 225% in 2020. For more information about these programs visit our Program Calendar page: https://outcenter.org/calendar/
The LGBTQ+ Safe Schools Collaborative, funded in part by United Way of Southwest Michigan, has worked with more than 20 schools and is now working with Berrien RESA to ensure the needs of at-risk LGBTQ+ students are known and addressed, creating safe and brave schools throughout the county.
Advocacy, education and change-related initiatives are also undertaken with more than 180 policies in 2020 recommended, updated or enacted. In 2019 the OutCenter was instrumental in the City of Saint Joseph's enactment of the first nondiscrimination ordinance in the trial-county area.