NYACK, N.Y. -- The Rockland County Pride Center made a huge purchase on Sept. 7 -- a building in Nyack that will serve as the organization's new home at 28 S. Franklin St.
The 7,500-square-foot-building, the former home of the Nyack Elks Lodge, is just steps away from public transportation, shops and restaurants.
“The Pride Center will be a safe place for all youth, adults, seniors, and families to gather, find support, make new friends, access resources, and feel at home.” says Brooke Malloy, executive director
The purchase was a collective effort by the whole Rockland community with real estate services donated by Rand Commercial, nonprofit guidance and support from the Rockland Community Foundation, donated realty legal services by Keith Cornell, and encouragement from elected officials, community leaders and allied nonprofit organizations, Malloy said.
The Rockland County Pride Center is an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) nonprofit organization with an anti-racist, social justice mission. Its purpose is to support and celebrate the LGBT community, challenge stereotypes and practices that adversely impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and provide a wide range of services to ensure equitable resources and opportunities for all.
“The Rockland County Pride Center will serve every village, hamlet and town in our beautifully diverse county. This moment is a turn pointing in Rockland history and will help ensure that future generations of LGBT people and our friends will have the support, education and resources we need to thrive in our county," said Joseph Coe, LGBT activist and vice president of the center's board.
The organization is currently undertaking a capital campaign in order to renovate the building, in the meantime, support groups will continue meeting at the Nyack Center, where they will remain until the new building is completed.
To stay up to date visit: www.rocklandpridecenter.org .