In 2021, LGBT Life Center (The Center) secured an appropriation with the leadership of Congressman Bobby Scott, Senator Mark Warner, and Senator Tim Kaine to build out a formerly derelict building that The Center purchased in 2017. The 1.8 million dollar appropriation will transform 20 Settlers Landing Road in Hampton into a premier LGBTQ+ center and health clinic serving the LGBTQ+ community and individuals living with HIV.
Last week, LGBT Life Center hosted a ‘Get Ready to Renovate’ event kick-off with over 60 staff members, city officials from Hampton, VA, including Mayor Donnie Tuck, and community members, supporters, and press in attendance.
The renovation kickoff event included a meet and greet with LGBT Life Center staff, building renderings, a project overview, remarks from Mayor Donnie Tuck and Hampton city officials, and a vision statement from LGBT Life Center’s CEO, Stacie Walls, and the Board President, Lisa Stafford.
The renovation and expansion of The Center’s physical footprint into Hampton, VA, is, in many ways, a return to home. 35 years ago, in 1989, LGBT Life Center (then known as CANDII – Children’s AIDS Network Designed for Interfaith Involvement) had and maintained a presence in Hampton on Armistead Road until 2019. Because the staff and services outgrew the Armistead location, The Center purchased 20 Settlers Landing Road and spent 7 years planning and securing funding for this milestone expansion.
Peninsula residents and all of Hampton Roads will benefit from increased access to LIFE-affirming primary care services, mental health, supportive housing, food pantry, transportation services, benefit coordination, healthcare navigation, pharmacy services, new community space open to the public, and all of the holistic care services LGBT Life Center provides.
The Center expects to have the Hampton office, with a full primary care medical clinic, on-site pharmacy services, mental health counseling, HIV and STI testing (and treatment), as well as a dedicated community space, opened by the spring of 2024.
While 65% of the funding for the renovations and the opening are secured, The Center also announced a capital campaign aiming to raise an additional 1.2 million dollars. To learn more about how you or your organization can support this campaign, please contact Christopher Reybrouck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-640-0929.
For more information on LGBT Life Center, please visit www.lgbtlifecenter.org or call 757-640-0929.