25 January 2018 – 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. – Eddy House – 423 E. 6th St
Support Our Homeless Youth in Washoe County.
This effort is an attempt to get an accurate count of homeless youth under the age of 24.
In 2017, the Youth Point In Time Count in Reno, NV reported 73
Past numbers of Young Adults surveyed at the PIT Count since 2012 PIT Count! — 99 in 2016, 72 in 2015, 44 in 2014, 61 in 2013.
We as a community know we need something more, we are working together to build a continnium of care for these young people.
There isn’t a one size fits all solution. We have created a strategy and intervention plan for youth sub populations. It is a manageable problem and as adults and city officials it’s our responsibility to solve it. #youthhomelessnessisanadultproblemtosolve
Refer Young People
If you know any youth who sleep in the following locations last night, please send them to the event:
A House or Apartment with Other Young People
On the Street/Outdoors/Park or River
On a Roof/in a Garage/Attic/Basement/Storage Structure
A Place in a House not a Bedroom (Kitchen, Couch, Bathroom)
In a Friend’s or Family Member’s House on a Temporary Basis
Sharing a Living Space with Another Family
WHAT CAN YOU DONATE?
We are collecting incentives — Sleeping Bags, Tents, Salon Services,Back Packs, New Socks, New Underwear, Gloves, Beanies, Art Supplies, Food, Drinks and Laundry Mat Vochers. We use these incentives to give to the young people that took the surveys.
It’s time to Sign Up for the Wahoe County Homeless Youth PIT (Point in Time) Count.
For those of you who haven’t heard, on Tuesday, January 2nd, a masked man smashed in the front windows and door of OUR Center by repeatedly throwing rocks through them. Unfortunately, our volunteers and many patrons were inside and witnessed the traumatizing incident before the criminal ran off. Luckily, nobody was injured.
After the police responded and took statements, we received an outpouring of warm sentiments from so many. Community members showed up to help shovel glass and vacuum. Thank you all for being there for us.
This event is so saddening, as we pride ourselves on being a safe and supportive space for all. We will continue to stand strong and to move forward to ensure that OUR Center remains a safe space for everyone. 2018 will be about overcoming obstacles and working even harder to promote awareness and spread unity. We will not let this incident dampen our efforts or our outlook. The best thing to come out of this incident has been the tremendous outpouring of community support from individuals and businesses alike.
OUR Center is here for you. We will continue to be here and are determined to push forward into a new year. Come join us, as we make 2018 our best year yet!
Free Counseling and Referral Resources at Northern Nevada HOPES!
In light of the recent violence and vandalism at OUR Center, Northern Nevada HOPES will be hosting short, drop-in counseling and referall resources for those impacted by the attack (or vandalism) of OUR Center from 5-7pm on Thursday, January 4th, and Monday, January 10th, at their location: 580 W. 5th Street.
Space may be limited to 20 people per evening. Please check-in on the 2nd floor of the building at the Wellness Pod. Thank you to Northern Nevada HOPES for all of their support!
Support Our Homeless Youth in Washoe County.
This effort is an attempt to get an accurate count of homeless youth under the age of 24. In 2017, the Youth Point In Time Count in Reno, NV reported 73 youth. WHAT CAN YOU DONATE?
We are collecting incentives — Sleeping Bags, Tents, Salon Services, Warm Coats, Back Packs, New Socks, New Underwear, Gloves, Beanies, Art Supplies, Food, Drinks and Laundry Mat Vochers. We use these incentives to give to the young people that took the surveys. VOLUNTEER!
It’s time to Sign Up for the Wahoe County Homeless Youth PIT (Point in Time) Count. We’ll be sending the link soon!
Please contact us with questions or a commitment to help.
Monica DuPea at (775) 240-2195 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meredith Tanzer at (775) 830-0920 or email@example.com.
Guerrilla Queer Bar (Second Wednesdays)
Join us to socialize, enjoy libations, and meet new friends, as we “crash” a local establishment! January’s Guerrilla Queer Bar is on
Wednesday, January 12th,
from 5 to 7pm at
Silver Peak Brewery
124 Wonder Street
(corner of Wonder and Holcomb)
Join Our Youth Group!
Sign up for texts for info on additional activities!
Our Center’s Youth Program is growing bigger and better each month! Now with it’s own space at Our Center, our Youth now have a place to call their own too!
Join us for regular meetings of the HOMIES (Hands On Movement Including Everyone)! Text BOCHOMIES to 313131 to sign up for text alerts and check out the Facebook page!
Become a Volunteer! We need You!
Our Center and its projects are completely run by unpaid volunteers, who donate countless hours to the cause. We need engaged individuals to join the organization. If you have ideas, would like to volunteer your time and talents, or would simply like to support financially from behind the scenes, please reach out to us.
Build Our Center and it’s programs are made possible through substantial support from The Norris-Rocaberte Family Foundation and donors like you. We greatly appreciate the generosity and positive example, as the support is critical to our mission.
Become a donor today and show your support for OUR Center!
After surveying the damage to the windows and door at OUR Center, the Reno GBTQA Community Center, Board President Jeromy Manke estimated the damage done by a ski masked vandal on Tuesday January 2 at about 7 pm, at between $7,500 to $10,000. The amount is simply a guesstimate until the cost of the replacement windows and door is known.
“We are somewhat in shock,” Manke said to multiple news outlets as all three network local television stations and the Reno Gazette-Journal covered the crime. ” Witnesses in the building said a man in what appeared to be a ski mask approached the building and yelled “Get Down” and then hurled rocks at the windows sending glass everywhere.”
Initial reports thought it might have been gun fire. That is incorrect
information. Four rocks were found in the Center. Three of them were taken into custody by Reno Police as evidence, According to RPD spokesman Tim Broadway.
“Right now, we are investigating the incident as a destruction of property,” Broadway said. “We are in the early stages of the investigation. But the search is on for the person(s) responsible.”
Reno Police are reaching out to the community and looking at businesses in the area for possible video footage. Officer Broadway says the community can contact the police department if they saw anything around the time of the incident last night on South Wells Ave.. The investigation is on going.
The damage would need to exceed $3,500 to be a felony. Under that it is a gross misdemeanor according to Broadway. However when all the facts are gathered and an arrest made, a determination will be made as to what the charges will be.
The incident is not being treated as a hate crime, at present, as it is unknown if the perpetrator is a member of the GLBTQA community or what the motive was. Police will investigate the incident throughly according to Officer Broadway.
People in the building fell to the floor and took cover behind whatever they could find in the immediate chaos and shock following the attack, according to witness reports Manke said. Volunteers immediate notified Reno Police Department about the incident, who sent patrol cars to the Center. There were no injuries to anyone who was at the Center.
“We will be open as usual,” Manke said. “This won’t deter our mission to serve, to build, to strengthen the community.”
After arriving at the Center last night, Northern Nevada Pride Marketing Director YeVonne Allen took to Facebook Live with a video showing the damage done at the Center. The video has been viewed over 19,000 times and shared nearly 500 times in a effort to find the perpetrator.
“We are here at OUR Center, even in our little city this still happens,” Ms. Allen said while shooting the video to let the community know what happened. “…it sort of goes to show then even in what we think is progressive Reno, that we are getting so much better, so excepting, that there are people with so much hate in there hearts out there.”
Reaction in the local community was a state of shock and disbelief. :What the hell” said several Facebook posts. Another asked “how could this happen?” People wanted to know if everyone was okay. There was genuine community concern.
“We are sad,” Manke said in the Facebook video. “We wanted OUR Center to be a safe place.”
Meredith Tanzer, Vice-President and Director of the Center’s Programming said “…just really sad!”
Manke said they are working to find out the cost to replace the glass and they do have insurance with a deductible. However the Center operates on donations from the community and is seeking donation to assist with the cost to replace the windows. Those interested can visit the OUR Center Reno Facebook page for a link to their Razoo fund raising site.
Breaking News: At approximately 7 pm on Tuesday January 2, OUR Center was vandalized by an unknown masked man who yell for people to “get down” as 3 windows and the front door were damaged.
Four rocks were hurled at the Center. Three of the rocks have been taken into custody as evidence by the Reno Police Department. No one was injured in the incident but glass filled much of the reception area and could be found far down the hallway near the kitchen area according to Meredith Tanzer, Vice-President of the organization.
“We wanted Our Center to be a safe place,” OUR Center president Jeromy Manke said as he surveyed the damage done to the nearly two year old Center located on South Wells Ave in Reno.
“Yeah!, he even yelled to get down before he smashed the windows,” Meredith Tanzer said. The man, who was reportedly masked, is still at large and anyone having any information is being asked to contact Reno Police Department or OUR Center.
The windows smashed all faced South Wells Ave. Initial reports circulated saying shots had been fired at the Center. These initial reports are false. The incident is not considered a hate crime, but an isolated incident of vandalism.
Leadership of the local GLBTIQA community were quick to condemn the attack on the Center. Most people were in somewhat of a shock the incident had occurred.
Our Center posted a video to their facebook page showing the damage to the Center. Both Meredith Tanzer, Vice President and Director of Programming and Jeromy Manke, president arrived at the Center to assess the damages. The community is being asked to share the video with the hope of discovering who did the vandalism.
The Center does have insurance but there is a deductible. The estimated damage is several thousand dollars as all the windows are double paned. Anyone wishing to make a donation to help with the repairs that will be needed are asked to visit Our Center’s facebook page for the link to their Razzu fund raising page link.
Jerry Snyder of the Generator, a local Art Space, came to the Center’s rescue and offered help. He measured the windows so they could be covered this evening until the glass can be replaced.
The Center will be open for normal operating hours on Wednesday, January 3rd.
4 January – Spectrum First Thursday Lunch – Lili’s Restaurant and Bar – noon – Franktown Corner – Kietzke and Grove.
4 January – Silver Dollar Court Board Meeting – Ramada Hotel – 6th & Sutro St. – 6:30 p.m. – community is welcome to attend.
13 January – NFL Divisional Round
13 January – ICPR/Ducal Leather & Lace Ball – Faces NV – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
14 January – NFL Divisional Round
21 January – NFL Championship Game 23 January – Stonewall Northern Nevada – monthly social gathering – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – OUR Center – https://www.facebook.com/Stonewall-Northern-Nevada-61171193190/
23 January – 5:30 p.m. to ? – OUR Center 1745 S. Wells Ave – LGBTQ Veterans Support Group – Rob Williams from the NDVA will be at these meeting discussing and answering questions.
Mark your calendars: 1 February – Spectrum First Thursday Lunch – Lili’s Restaurant and Bar – noon – Franktown Corner – Kietzke and Grove.
1 February – Silver Dollar Court Board Meeting – Ramada Hotel – 6th & Sutro St. – 6:30 p.m. – community is welcome to attend.
2 February – Ground Hog Day
4 February – SUPER BOWL LII – The Patio Bar – TBA
8 February – Winter Olympics start
13 February – Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday / Carnival
13 February – High Sierra Prime Timers – Reno – monthly Lunch / meeting – 1 p.m.. – Claim Jumper – private dining room – corner S. Virginia and Kietzke Ln. – http://hsptreno.com/
13 February – Lake Tahoe Pride Mixer – Blue Angel – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – https://www.facebook.com/LakeTahoePride?fref=ts
14 February – VALENTINES DAY
14 February – Guerrilla Queer Bar – 5 to 7 p.m. – check facebook for location, which changes monthly – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guerrilla-Queer-Bar-Reno/13747347061072728
15 February – 3 Degrees Mixer – TBA – https://www.facebook.com/groups/3DegreesReno/
16 February – Chinese New Year
27 February – Stonewall Northern Nevada – monthly social gathering – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – OUR Center – https://www.facebook.com/Stonewall-Northern-Nevada-61171193190/
27 February – 5:30 p.m. to ? – OUR Center 1745 S. Wells Ave – LGBTQ Veterans Support Group – Rob Williams from the NDVA will be at these meeting discussing and answering questions.
1 March – Spectrum First Thursday Lunch – Lili’s Restaurant and Bar – noon – Franktown Corner – Kietzke and Grove.
1 March – Silver Dollar Court Board Meeting – Ramada Hotel – 6th & Sutro St. – 6:30 p.m. – community is welcome to attend.
11 March – Day Light Saving Time Begins 0200 hr / 2:00 a.m.
13 March – High Sierra Prime Timers – Reno – monthly dinner / meeting – 6 p.m. – Claim Jumper – private dining room – corner S. Virginia and Kietzke Ln. – http://hsptreno.com/ 13 March – Lake Tahoe Pride Mixer – Blue Angel – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – https://www.facebook.com/LakeTahoePride?fref=ts
14 March – Guerrilla Queer Bar – 5 to 7 p.m. – check facebook for location, which changes monthly – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guerrilla-Queer-Bar-Reno/13747347061072728
27 March – Stonewall Northern Nevada – monthly social gathering – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – OUR Center – https://www.facebook.com/Stonewall-Northern-Nevada-61171193190/ 27 March – 5:30 p.m. to ? – OUR Center 1745 S. Wells Ave – LGBTQ Veterans Support Group – Rob Williams from the NDVA will be at these meeting discussing and answering questions.