Arianna's Center Community Relief

by Arianna's Center
Arianna's Center Community Relief
Arianna's Center Community Relief
Arianna's Center Community Relief
Arianna's Center Community Relief
Arianna's Center Community Relief
Arianna's Center Community Relief
Arianna's Center Community Relief
Arianna's Center Community Relief

 



During this 2022, We continue extending our work by providing help for new identification documents, stipend emergency programs to help our clients for groceries, to pay utilities and help them with the rent.
Also, for some cases we provided temporary housing to trangender individuals who needed a place to stay.

The prevention and access to PrEP is part of ending the HIV epidemic. Arianna’s Center has done various workshops about prevention, and has given information and access to PrEP.

That’s why our GlobalGiving community still has our backs by supporting our work in South Florida and now we have extended our services and help to Puerto Rico.



Arianna’s Center is helping the Trans Latina community in Puerto Rico by supporting non conventional ways to empower the community. In Puerto Rico, we participated in the Trans Goofy Games, where all the LGBTQ community developed a sense of identity, access to new opportunities and engage with their community.



We need our voices to be heard, Arianna’s Center has met with White House Representative Rachel Lavine who visited us in South Florida.
During this meeting we shared our developments within the Community but also the challenges for stigma, discrimination and anti LGBTQ legislation.
We talked about the importance of empowering our community and united more than ever.





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Arianna's Center clients receiving new documents.
Arianna's Center clients receiving new documents.

The start of 2022 has proven to be challenging once again for many in the transgender and non-binary community. Here is Florida, we have see the lives of TGNC folks used to create fear, stigma and discrimination through anti-LGBTQ legislation. 

Our GlobalGiving Community has continued to step up and provide generous support for our community through our emergency stipend program, assisting our clients with everything from money for groceries and transportation to help with thier utilities and rent. On the back of last year's Lil Nas X baby registry we're happy to report that awareness of not just our work but our community as a whole continues to grow. These emergency payments do everything from helping to ensure there is a meal on the table to making sure people have transportation to get to medical appointments and job interviews safely.

A new partnership with HRC has also enabled us to expand our ability to provide at home HIV test kits to our clients. It's just another way that we're using non traditional methods of outreach to ensure that rates of HIV tetsing rise amongst our community served. It's a way to remove some of the traditonal barriers that TGNC people face when accessing healthcare through traditional providers.

Most recently, funds raised were used to help pay for new identification documents for 4 transgender women of immigrant experience. In conjunction with the Consulate General of Mexico in Miami, these clients were given new birth certificates and passports that reflect their gender identity and chosen names. It was a truly memorable moment as these clients finally received gender affirming documentaion, and another step on teh road to being able to live their lives as their authentic selves.

Our work has continued to be recognized beyond South Florida and in December of 2021, our Founder and CEO was invited by the Biden administration to attend and represent the transgender community at the National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day observances at the White House in Washington D.C. Thanks to a special grant from Gilead Sciences, we will also be taking recipients of our emergency releif funding to Chicago this April to develop their advocacy and leadership skills at the Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit.

White House HIV Awareness Event
White House HIV Awareness Event
Women's History Month Broward Panel
Women's History Month Broward Panel
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Arianna's Center Movie & Prevention Night
Arianna's Center Movie & Prevention Night

The last few months have been really exciting for Arianna's Center. We've seen such an increase in supoport for the transgender community which is really satisfying to see and crucial to the community we serve.

Our project to provide direct assistance for transgender individuals in South Florida was given a a huge boost recently when Arianna's Center was recognized by Li'l Nas X as one of the organizations he nominated as part of his 'baby registry' in conjunction with teh release of his latest album. Fans were directed to contribute to the Arianna's Center GlobalGiving project and we saw people from across the world learn about our work and contribute to our community. 

During this time Arianna's Center was also one of sixteen national organization to be awarded funding from Gilead Sciences as part of their TRANSCEND initiative to continue our important work. 

In the past 3 months we've seen an increase in clients who are currently navigating the immigration process. For example we recently received a call about a trans Latina being released from ICE detention in Texas. Arianna's Center was able to provide transportation for the individual to Florida along with 2 weeks emergency housing, HIV testing and linkage to medical care and linkage to immigration assistance. The client is now volunteering with Arianna's Center and establishing a life for themselves in South Florida. 

We're continue to provide assistance for transgender women to pay bills, purchase groceries, access transportation and more. While the financial strain of the pandemic has eased for many people, the transgender community continues to face barriers and challenges at disproportinate levels. We still see between 25 and 30 requests for assistance each month in addition to the clients seeking HIV testing and linkage to care and prevention. We have also started a monthly movie and prevention night. Clients are invited to join us for a meal, a movie and education about HIV prevention.

 

Happily, the organization also celebrated our 6 year anniversary with an event in conjunction with Sunshine Cathedral and The Happening Out Network. This included a live streamed interview with community leaders and the trans community.

We're so incredibly grateful to each of you who made the choice to support our community this year. It's been so heartening to know that our community is cared for and valued. From all of us at Arianna's Center and our clients we thank you and wish you a very safe and happy holiday season. 

Arianna's Center Anniversary Stage Interview
Arianna's Center Anniversary Stage Interview
Team Arianna representing at Trans Pride
Team Arianna representing at Trans Pride
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Clothing Distribution Event
Clothing Distribution Event

Demand for support from many in the transgender community continues to grow here in South Florida. Despite a period where we saw an improvement in the COVID-19 pandemic it didn't trabnslate into a change in need from the community we serve who already faced so many challenges. Now as Florida sees the highest rates of COVID-19 diagnosis and hospitalization in the Unted States we're anticipating a increase in demand for services. We're also delaing with vaccine hesitancy which continues to be a challenge amongst marginalized communities.

The greatest demand for assistance that we've been experiencing is related to housing, whether it is assistance with rent or those facing eviction. Often times we're finding that many people don't understand what their rights are in relation to housing. This is particularly challenging for those who have been released from incarceration or ICE detention. 

Through our community relief program we've also been able to pay for travel by Lyft for clients to reach medical appointments and get tested and vaccinated. This is particularly import for teh tarns community as access to transportation is a major issue along with concerns about personal safety on public transportation for some. 

Separate from our regular programming which includes HIV testing and prevention, advocacy and leadship skill building and case management, we're seeing between 25-30 request per month for support in the form of rent assistance, meal and grocery vouchers, help with tarnsportation, bills and more. 

We also partnered with OUT My Closet to provide a special pop up clothing distribution event that spanned a period of 4 days. It provided free clothing to the transgender community along with personal care kits that included shapoo, soap, doeadorant, toothpaste, mouth wash, razors, manicure kits and more personal care items. This is in addition to the free clothing closet that we operate.

We were also recognized for our work in the community with a certifciate of appreciation from Miami-Dade County Mayor, Daniella Levine-Cava.

Your support as a donor is appreciated not just by our team but by the community we serve. Whether it's a hot meal, groceries or that extra help in meeting the monthly rent, you've made a difference in the life of someone in our comunity.

County Recognition Award
County Recognition Award
Team Arianna Advocacy
Team Arianna Advocacy
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Memorial event for anti trans violence
Memorial event for anti trans violence

It's been a busy time here at Arianna's Center! Unfortunately South Florida's transgender community continues to see negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and our community relief funding remains much needed. Barriers to healthcare, housing and employment continue to be a great challenge to our community and rises in anti trans violence are an ongoing concern.

Needs for assistance with basic items such as groceries, gas, bus passes and for support with rent and utilities is still a major issue and your continued support as a donor has really made a difference for many of our clients. The support for utilities and phone bills has been particularly important, as we've seen a move to more virtual programming, being able to remain connected is essential for our clients to access important information regarding healthcare, HIV education, immigration, social services and life skills workshops.

Many of our clients work in the food service industry, and while many are back to work they still haven't recovered from month of lost income. With homelessness affecting trans communities at higher rates than average, being able to provide rental assistance to ensure clients don't lose their homes has been so important. 

While we continue to see COVID-19 vaccinations role out across the country, it remains a fact that access to vaccines is a challenge in marginalized communities. We're now happy to be able to partner with a local church to provide vaccinations in a safe, trans welcoming space.

Choosing to support a trans-led organization not only helps our clients but it sends a powerful message to your own circle that you support the trans community and this is integral to helping reduce the stigma we face on a daily basis. 

Arianna's Center Trans Advocacy
Arianna's Center Trans Advocacy
Pizza & PrEP Awareness Event
Pizza & PrEP Awareness Event
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Arianna's Center

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL - USA
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Arianna Lint
Fort Lauderdale, FL United States
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