LGBT group hosts benefit dinner for new support center in Youngstown

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A local support group held a fundraiser Sunday night to benefit its new resource center in Youngstown.

The non-profit group, Full Spectrum Community Outreach, is devoted to helping people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.

The Full Spectrum Community Outreach Center is located inside St. John’s Episcopal Church on Wick Avenue in Youngstown.Earlier this week, the group signed a lease to make its dream possible.

“What we were missing was a community organization that basically supports everyone, not just a few people,” said Tim Bortner, the group’s board president.

Sunday marked the first official event for the Full Spectrum Community Outreach Center.

“The community has been just coming together to make this happen, and it’s just amazing how many people have been offering help,” said board member Marnie Crum.

Members said they have big plans to help bring people together under one understanding community.

“We eventually want to grow into a well-rounded organization where we’re providing services for the entire community. Supports groups, mental health, housing, anything. If you need it, we want to be able to provide it,” Bortner said.

Organizers said it will be difficult to do everything they’ve planned without volunteers and donations.

“All the proceeds go to support our new LGBT resource center that is also housed in this building. Basically, our donations are helping us start this and fund the different services we want to do,” Crum said.

Public meetings will start in mid-August to bring people from the Mahoning Valley together in a safe place.

“We’re also going to be holding a sexuality support group, and those will be monthly. As well as trainings, resources and educational events,” Bortner said.

For more information about the support group’s meetings and fundraisers, visit their website.

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