GLCCB to open new public resource center

Space will offer services and support for community members

  • The Welcome, Information and Drop-In Center will open April 1 and will include free books and Wi-Fi.
The Welcome, Information and Drop-In Center will open April… (Handout photo )
March 28, 2013|By Michael Lofthus, The Baltimore Sun

A LGBT community center in Baltimore's Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood will be opening an information and resources center to the public on April 1.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Maryland (GLCCB) will use its new Welcome, Information and Drop-In Center to offer support services, community resources and city information to a variety of local groups, the organization said. The space will include a computer lab, Wi-Fi and free bookstore featuring LGBT-themed books at its Baltimore location.

"The Welcome Center is really designed to provide a safe place for individuals to check in and receive services," said Matt Thorn, interim executive director of the GLCCB. "This is a way of making [the organization's programs] more cohesive and making everybody feel more welcome."

The GLCCB has serviced the Baltimore area for 36 years with programs related to sexuality, drug abuse, AIDS and other issues. The space will be used to provide modern accommodations and strengthen programs for youths, seniors and others impacted by obstacles currently facing the LGBT community, according to Thorn.

The Welcome Center is located on the ground floor of the GLCCB at 241 W. Chase St. It will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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