Four in 10 LGBT youth say their community is not accepting of LGBT people, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Two years ago, Harvey House founders, Angela Boday and Kristen Angelo, looking for resources for LGBTQ+ youth, found no local resources with that emphasis. Angela and Kristen brainstormed ways to fill that gap as many LGBTQ+ youth are in need of support. Young people who identify as LGBTQ+ are often at risk for bullying and feeling ashamed, perhaps leading to physical harm and homelessness.
The Harvey House, a drop in community center focused on LGBTQ+ youth ages 12-19 years old, provides a safe environment, support system, food, clothing closet, hygiene kits, homework help, art classes and job training. Will Strayer, Harvey House Vice President, says, “I grew up in a small town in Georgia and I know what it’s like to spend your life struggling and hiding who you are. I really appreciate that I get to help kids not have to go through that.”
The Harvey House will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8pm
and Saturdays from 12-7pm.
1415 West Sylvania Ave | harveyhousewo.org