Community Cares Project, The (CCP) – The Community Cares Project host monthly safe space events, with the goal of increasing leadership skills and building social networks as a means to prepare men to serve in local community initiatives that impact HIV prevention and treatment for Same Gender Loving Black Men. The mission of The Community Cares Project is to empower SGL individuals in Baltimore, Maryland through informal community networking events that help to improve leadership skills and provide the tools needed to begin transitioning into a formal role in the HIV prevention and treatment field as community advisory board members and agents of change within the local Baltimore community. This will take place by identifying the unique skills that already exist within individuals and building upon those strengths to create a community that supports and validates each other to be holistically healthy through the use of peer to peer networking while encouraging healthy social norms around HIV prevention and treatment.
Breaking Bread Project – Breaking Bread is a Black culturally focused project that promotes leadership capacity – personal and public positive mental health, community-building, self-actualization, inner-group conflict reduction, protective-health practices, and personal responsibility for one’s sexual and behavioral health. The curriculum teaches participants critical thinking, health and wellness education and cultural literacy, stressing the importance of celebrating positive elements of Black history, diversity, life, family, self-concept, sexuality and culture, and of acknowledging how varying levels of oppression and related traumas contribute to unhealthy attitudes, impulses, risky behaviors and barriers to seeking needed HIV/STD/Wellness services.
Helping Hands Clothing Closet – During the summer of 2015, the GLCCB charged a group of young people with developing an initiative that would benefit the area’s underserved population. In the year since its inception, the Shawnna Alexander Helping Hands Clothing Closet has continued to grow and serve the community.
“The reason we do the clothing closet is to support our less fortunate family members in the community with the things they need for everyday life,” says Kevin Holt, former Peer Navigator at the GLCCB. “Volunteers, donations, and the support of the community are essential to make this happen every month.”
The Shawnna Alexander Helping Hands Clothing Closet is open to the community on the fourth Monday of each month. Our clothing closet is currently full to the brim with loving donations from members of our community. That means we are not able to accept any more clothing donations at this time. If you have clothes, shoes, or accessories that need new homes, please contact the GLCCB for a list of charitable organizations that work with the local LGBTQ community.
Donations of new, unopened personal hygiene items and clean, gently used clothes can be dropped off anytime at the GLCCB.
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