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Member Highlight: The Rush Center

As Atlanta’s premier gathering space for the LGBTQ community since 2008, The Rush Center provides a sense of “home” and offers connections to resources throughout the state. The sign on the building lets people outside know that we’re always here, and the open door acts as a reminder to our community that we’re exactly that: a community. Over 100 hundred organizations use the center each year for board meetings and events, and almost twenty of those groups have permanent office space. Visit on any given day, and you may encounter discussion panels, trainings, support groups or calls for political advocacy.

What is one interesting fact about your space?

If you visit The Rush Center, you’ll also find a bunch of hardworking LGBTQ folks being a bit silly and proudly flamboyant, sharing a “come as you are, we’re glad you’re here” bit of southern hospitality. The staff works to make every person that walks through the door feel welcome and less alone. If there’s coffee, they offer it. If there’s food, they share it. If there’s a resource that can help your situation, they connect you to it. All your problems might not get solved, but at least you’ll know someone cared enough to help you work through it.

What are your favorite resources that you would recommend to others?

We take full advantage of our local Nonprofit Resource Center. But honestly, the Ask-NCN email stream is archived for us to have a ready resource whenever we’ve got a question. It’s always helpful to hear from others who have been down the road before.

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