LGBT center expands service areas with satellite locations

The LGBT Center of Greater Reading announced the addition of two new satellite locations in Pottstown and Columbia, further expanding the center’s presence in Montgomery and Lancaster counties and its ability to serve even more voters.

“The LGBTQIA+ population is underserved and underrepresented in both Montgomery and Lancaster Counties, as well as Berks County,” said Michelle Dech, executive director of the LGBT Center of Greater Reading. “We are proud to partner with both of these organizations to support them as they continue to expand into their own service areas, and we are excited about the opportunities this will bring to all of us as an integrated network of LGBT community representatives.”

The new Pottstown location is the LGBT Greater Reading Center at Family by Choice (First Baptist Church), Pottstown, located at 301 King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. After the partnership, the Columbia location will be known as the Rivertown Pride Center to be known, affiliate of the LGBT Center for Greater Reading. The place can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/RivertownPrideCenter.

“FBC is pleased to welcome and partner with the LGBT Center of Greater Reading as we expand our service to the Pottstown community in all its diversity,” said Rev. Dr. Marcia Bailey from the LGBT Center of Greater Reading at FBC.

“The Rivertown Pride Center team is thrilled to have us as an affiliate with the LGBT Center of Greater Reading,” said Mark Harris, director of the Rivertown Pride Center. “Being part of their family will give us access to many resources, perhaps the greatest of which is the knowledge and experience of a successful center with a solid track record.”

These new locations support the LGBT Center’s mission to provide services, advocacy and support for the LGBTQ+ community. The center offers support groups, free mental health counseling, life skills programs, monthly community meals, health initiatives and pantry services. They work with over 200 additional local social services, public health, family and other organizations to provide comprehensive support to members of Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ+ community. An annual calendar of the LGBT Center for Greater Reading’s currently scheduled flagship events is available online. Anyone needing assistance or information can contact the center at (484) 513-3170 or visit www.lgbtcenterofreading.com

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