We regret to announce that due to the lack of viable funding sources and low levels of participation, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations for The Center’s northern Colorado office effective November 21, 2014.
The GLBT Community Center of Colorado was asked to help the community following the demise of the Lambda Community Center in Ft. Collins. The Center began administering the northern Colorado office on January 1, 2012 as a pilot project with the goal of securing funding in the community to support an ongoing presence serving the northern Colorado region. Unfortunately, funding for such a project proved scarce. At the same time few people in the community participated in The Center’s programming. The Center honored its three-year commitment and attempted new models to create a sustainable presence. However funding and participation remained low and The Center’s Board of Directors made the decision to discontinue the project.
Center CEO Debra Pollock discussed the difficulties in maintaining a satellite agency from a Denver-based organization. “It seems evident that a community center in northern Colorado would be more meaningful if it was a Fort Collins-based organization,” she said. “We are very grateful to everyone in the Fort Collins and northern Colorado communities who worked so hard on this project. Staff and community volunteers made tremendous efforts to make The Center Northern Colorado successful.”
While The Center Northern Colorado will cease operations, many of the volunteer-based support and social groups will continue to meet. The Center’s administration team is working with other community groups to provide alternate facilities for groups who wish to continue meeting.
Members of the Ft. Collins community will be holding an open meeting on Sunday, December 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to discuss the future of the LGBTQ community in Fort Collins. The meeting will take place at Greyrock Cohousing, 2265 Shooting Star Lane, Fort Collins, CO 80521. The meeting will be followed by a holiday party from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share and a wrapped “white elephant” gift to exchange. Families and children are welcome.
The Center will also continue to provide resources to LGBT throughout the state via our website, www.glbtcolorado.org, through our Legal Help Line that provides free referrals to people needing assistance with LGBT issues (303.282.6524), and through inclusivity training provided by Center staff to schools and community groups statewide.
View our comprehensive guide to other LGBT resources in northern Colorado.