CLEVELAND — The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland has announced $2.3 million in gifts that will pay for a new center and expanded programming.
“We are overjoyed!” said Phyllis Harris, executive director of the center, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year.
The money comes from two sources: a $1.8 million donation from an anonymous supporter that will go toward buying and renovating a new home for the center. In addition, Cleveland’s Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation will match up to $500,000 to help with upkeep of the new building.
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The center hasn’t settled on a new location yet, but it’s been part of the long-term plan since 2010. Cleveland’s LGBT Community Center says it’s the nation’s third-oldest, and it has had three homes in its 40 years.
Harris said the center serves 500 people weekly with everything from homework help for teens to exercise classes for seniors. It hosts support groups, training sessions, health programs and community meetings.
The Cleveland-Akron area is currently hosting the international Gay Games.