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In this hostile political climate, where lawmakers spout anti-LGBT lies and debate policies that imply transgender people are predators, our young people are falling through the cracks. While LGBT youth represent an estimated 7% of the total population of young people, they make up 40% of the youth who experience homelessness each year. Every city needs a place where youth can go to get help and improve their situations. We can all do more to help young people feel less alone in the world. That is why We Are Family aims to open a LGBT youth drop-in center and thrift store by the end of the year. We organized a successful popup thrift shop earlier this year to test the viability of having a thrift store, and we raised over $6,000 in one weekend!

Instead of making it harder for transgender people in our state to access public facilities, we should be working to make our public places safer and meet the needs of young people.  If decision makers really want to make a difference for youth, they can stop spouting anti-LGBT lies, look for forward thinking policies, and identify funding for evidence-based programs that will truly make a positive difference for the health and lives of young people.

If you would like to give to this project, you can donate online today at by clicking HERE. If you wish to mail a donation, please send a check made out to:

We Are Family- P.O. Box 21806, Charleston, SC 29413

Our long-term goal is to offer the menu of services listed below.

Case Management to include individualized treatment plans to address the needs of the client:

  • Substance Abuse Counseling- (contractual employees)
  • Referrals to other resources in the area when needed
  • Mental Health treatment and counseling – (contractual employees)
  • Group counseling-(contractual employees)
  • Resources for parents / educators / churches / community
  • Group meetings / Peer to Peer

Employment training and Access

  • Interviewing techniques
  • Completing applications
  • Resume writing
  • Teamwork
  • Getting along with co-worker / supervisor
  • Listening skills
  • Info on Job fairs
  • Job shadowing
  • Matching client with employers
  • On-the-job training @ thrift store

Computer lab

  • Job searching
  • Resume development
  • Computer application classes
  • Coding classes/IT workshops

Educational Services – referred to appropriate school personnel and follow up if K-12

  • Tutoring and homework help
  • Peer to peer tutoring
  • Assistance with college applications, financial aid forms
  • Budget and Finance workshops

Health services – as appropriate based on age of client

  • HIV screening
  • STD screening
  • Pregnancy screening
  • Resource list of LGBT friendly doctors
  • Housing assistance- referrals to area providers if over 18

Legal Services – provided by volunteer attorneys

  • Name changes
  • Assistance with medical issues
  • Expungement of misdemeanors
  • Coordinate community service
  • Family law issues
  • Provide speakers for other organizations – LGBT focused trainings

Drop-in Services

  • Food bank on site
  • Laundry facilities
  • Showers
  • Food drives to collect dry and canned goods to provide for clients in need
  • Survival backpacks for homeless youth / adults
  • Bike share program
  • 24 hour Crisis hotline to provide crisis management and assistance through trauma informed care