Art & Acceptance: A Weekly Drop-In Program for LGBTQ+ Youth
Art & Acceptance is a weekly Saturday evening drop-in program for LGBTQ+ young people ages 16-29 experiencing homelessness, hosted by St. Luke’s Church. Our mission is to offer a safe, hospitable, harm-reduction, gender-diverse, nonsectarian safe space. The program includes a nutritious home-cooked dinner and to-go bag with a second meal, space for arts, writing and dance, a free clothing and toiletries “shop,” health and legal services, and crisis support.
Activities, including the communal dinner, run throughout the evening. Once a month we host an open mic, where the young folks express themselves through theater, poetry, and music before an audience of peers, staff and volunteers. We hold a monthly community meeting, a brief circle of staff, volunteers, and people served, to gather feedback about the program and needs.
Volunteers are critical to every part of this program. They help serve food, run the shop, participate in games, and other tasks. The third Saturday of the month is our Open Mic night.
LBGTQ+ young people have much higher rates of adverse mental health experiences. A study released by Trevor Project in June of 2019 shows that LGBTQ youth who report having at least one accepting adult were 40% less likely to report a suicide attempt in the past year.
The volunteers at Art and Acceptance might be the only adults in the lives of these young people who don’t get paid to spend time with them. They show unconditional love and support to young people who need it most without any expectation of return. Each participant gets one-on one-attention, from an adult who genuinely cares about them and is glad to see them and listen. We invite you to join our Saturday night community in this work.
One-time opportunities or ongoing opportunities available.
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Hours of operation:
Volunteers: 5:15 to 8:30 pm
Guests: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
St. Luke's strives to run Art & Acceptance on a responsible budget, to serve as a replicable model for other institutions of faith and goodwill. Lawyers, medical staff, and other professionals donate their time. In-kind donors provide art supplies. St. Luke’s School donates its space. Neighbors, parishioners and allies donate clothes, toiletries, and much-needed funding for the food and staff. We couldn't do it without all of you. Thank you.