We are so excited to launch a 50 day campaign to raise $5000 in order to better support West Michigan’s LGBTQ Youth through our REFUGE Program. But what’s really exciting are the donors who have stepped forward to match every donation up to $5000! GIFT can change so many lives with $10,000!
LGBTQ kids are at a disproportionately high risk for experiencing struggle, adversity, depression, violence, exploitation, and poverty. We are giving LGBTQ Youth a better chance through opening our doors as a safe and affirming space for these students to learn, grow, and heal.
Our REFUGE program provides a safe and affirming space, mentorship and guidance, educational activities, social development, and cultivation of leadership. This year the REFUGE program has expanded and now includes an Outreach program aimed at meeting LGBTQ Youth where they are at in the world. We are working to develop relationships with every high school in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, to foster safe spaces and lay the groundwork for students to create their own, student-led groups (GSAs). We are also creating REFUGE Satellite groups for students who can’t make it to our regular downtown meetings. We’ve already connected with 7 schools and are in the process of developing a South End satellite group!
With great enthusiasm and appreciation,
The Staff and Board of GIFT
Please visit www.YouCaring.com/MatchMyGIFT and give today!!
~We are a 501(c)(3) organization and we
appreciate your tax-deductible donation!
Photo of GIFT Program Coordinator, Liam Bailey,
giving a presentation about the REFUGE LGBTQ Youth Program in the Vine South.