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TRIANGLE COMMUNITY CENTER TO ANNOUNCE MAJOR SERVICE PRIORITIES AT HOLIDAY BRUNCH AT NORWALK INN, DEC. 7th
Event set to announce major priorities for new year, recap successes of 2014
(NORWALK, CT - NOV. 20, 2014) – Fairfield County’s only resource center for the local LGBTQ community, Triangle Community Center (TCC) (www.ctgay.org), is announcing its new LGBTQ-focused case management and transitional housing program which will include an emergency financial assistance fund at its annual holiday brunch, “Holiday High Tea,” at the Norwalk Inn (99 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851) on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
TCC’s transitional housing program will be the first program of its kind in Connecticut. The program is aimed at housing LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people in need, a demographic that faces greater rates of homelessness than its peers. TCC’s program will be done in collaboration with the Mid Fairfield AIDS Project (MFAP) in their Moore Place facility in Norwalk and is funded by Norwalk based World Health Clinicians, the Richardson Fund and the Giuliani Foundation. TCC will sponsor two units in MFAP’s permanent supportive housing project, and each client will work directly with TCC’s new Service Coordinator and Case Manager Jacki Alessio for additional support and access to resources.
Additionally, TCC will be announcing its new emergency financial assistance program at its holiday brunch. TCC received $5,000.00 in funding from the Giuliani Foundation to support clients in need of emergency financial assistance. This assistance will be based on criteria established by the Service Coordinator and Case Manager.
These programs will be announced at TCC’s holiday brunch, an annual event that recaps the successes of the current year and highlights major priorities for the upcoming calendar year.
“TCC is excited yet again to host its annual brunch and to bring together the Fairfield County community to learn about the successes of our organization and to hear about our priorities for 2015,” said Anthony Crisci, Executive Director of TCC. “It’s a great, all-inclusive event that welcomes our supporters and allies to understand where our funding is going and how it’s helping the local LGBTQ community, which faces various unique obstacles such as isolation, homelessness, suicide and substance abuse. Our programming offers vital LGBTQ human services which cannot be found elsewhere, and our new Case Management Program helps to directly link individuals in need to the services they require.”
With a commitment to the local community, TCC is consistently expanding its services and offering new programs to local LGBTQ residents. It recently secured two grants, one in the amount of $15,000 from the Richardson Fund and an additional grant in the amount of $100,000 from Norwalk-based World Health Clinicians (www.worldhealthclinicians.org), to fund its new case management program, which will more efficiently navigate clients to appropriate services, programs and professional or health services either offered by TCC or by local professionals and other organizations.
“Holiday High Tea” will feature a brunch and live entertainment. Tickets are available online at www.ctgay.org, and are priced at $35 for TCC members and $50 for non-TCC members. To order tickets or to learn more about the upcoming “Holiday High Tea,” or for more information about Triangle Community Center, please visit www.ctgay.org.
About Triangle Community Center (TCC)
Triangle Community Center (TCC) is Fairfield County’s leading provider of LGBTQ programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the community. It is the only organization focused exclusively on the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County, which is a community at much greater risk of isolation, discrimination, suicide, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS than its peers. TCC was founded in 1990 and serves more than 100 clients who attend programs and services on a weekly basis. More than 1,000 members of the Fairfield County community attend a TCC program or event at least once each year.
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