Living in Upstate, SC as an LGBTQ+ person is not easy. Our community knows that because they experience that every day. Maybe their family has not accepted them, they’ve been discriminated against at work or school, felt isolated and alone, or had to teach medical and mental health providers how to treat them.
But this community is also resilient and strong! That's why Pride Link exists and the community's power is evident!
We've launched our Mobile Community Center and we’re asking you to join us to increase our impact by helping us purchase an RV to reach as many LGBTQ+ people as possible across the ten counties of the Upstate!
WHAT WE DO: Led by an advisory committee of LGBTQ+ community members, we partner with providers and organizations to offer quality of life services and social support.
-Medical and mental health screening
-HIV and STI testing
-Social activities and gathering space
-Assistance applying for benefits like Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps)
-Workshops, queer library, access to community resources, and more
COMMUNITY OUTCOMES: Launched in March 2019, the first program event served 35 LGBTQ+ people and allies. We offered assistance with transportation through the use of a Lyft code which 2 participants used to get to the program. 2 eligibility checks were completed for state benefits and one applicant was eligible for $91 in SNAP benefits. 160 volunteer hours were logged, 12 medical and 4 mental health screenings were completed, and 5 transgender people received assistance with the legal name change process.
HELP US MAKE IMPACT: With a mobile vehicle, we could impact so many more lives by increasing the frequency and accessibility of our Mobile Community Centers.
To learn more about Pride Link, go to www.pridelink.org