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LA LGBT Center Receives $300K Grant From Eisner Foundation

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles LGBT Center has been awarded a $300,000 grant spanning two years from The Eisner Foundation to support the Center’s innovative Culinary Arts program, an intergenerational training program for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and low-income LGBT seniors.

Taught at the Center’s commercial kitchen in the Anita May Rosenstein Campus, the 300-hour program engages youth, ages 18–24, to learn basic culinary skills alongside students from the Center’s Senior Services programs.

The program participants then assist with the preparation of up to 450 meals a day for the Center’s youth and senior clients experiencing food insecurity. Participants finish the program by completing a 100-hour internship at local restaurants, catering companies, and other food service businesses.

The Eisner Foundation made a previous $500,000 gift to the Center for an intergenerational courtyard garden designed to encourage social interactions on the two-acre Campus.

“Our unique Culinary Arts program is helping our youth and seniors thrive in the food and hospitality industries—thanks to the generosity of The Eisner Foundation,” said Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “

Nearly a quarter of the 65,000 LGBT seniors in Los Angeles County live on $999 or less each month, and many of them are faced with the decision to re-enter the job market. On the other side of the spectrum, nearly 60 percent of our youth members experiencing homelessness have told us they remain on the streets primarily because they cannot secure employment.”

The Culinary Arts program is the brainchild of Center Board of Directors member and celebrity chef Susan Feniger. It is taught by Executive Chef Janet Crandall, Executive Sous Chef Shirley Cho, and Sous Chef Arlita Miller, with Nick Panepinto serving as the program’s Director of Culinary Training and Operations. To date, 41 students have already enrolled in the Culinary Arts program.

“We’re so pleased that the Los Angeles LGBT Center has embraced intergenerational connection as a core value at their new campus,” said Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation.

“This culinary training program is a great example of how intergenerational efforts can enhance an organization’s impact in a creative new way, and we hope others are inspired to follow the Center’s lead.”

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Photo: Spectrum News

For more information about the Los Angeles LGBT Center, visit lalgbtcenter.org.

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WeHo Webinar: Loneliness, Isolation, Depression, and Anxiety During Pandemic

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood will present a free informational webinar called Combatting Loneliness, Isolation, Depression, and Anxieties during COVID-19 at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. The City of West Hollywood understands that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for everyone. Community members may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely, or frustrated during this time. These signs of stress are normal. It is important to take care of mental health and well-being, especially during LA County Safer At Home orders.

In this 60-minute webinar, two of the City of West Hollywood’s Social Services providers, APLA Health and Jewish Family Services (JFS), will talk about the importance of accessing mental health information, resources, and services to combat loneliness, isolation, and depression during COVID-19. If you feel lonely or scared, remember: at the moment we may be distanced, but we are not disconnected. You’re not alone. West Hollywood is a community and we are all here for one another.

Register for the free webinar at https://app.livestorm.co/city-of-west-hollywood/west-hollywood-covid-19-mental-health.

The webinar will also be archived on the City’s coronavirus information page located at www.weho.org/coronavirus for future viewing.

This webinar is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice; rather, all information, content, and materials available on this webinar are for general informational purposes only.

The City of West Hollywood continues to provide social services and is connecting community members to information and resources during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please call (323) 848-6510 for more information or visit www.weho/org/coronavirus for additional mental health resources.

APLA Health, for the last 35 years, has advocated for health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV.

The Jewish Family Services (JFS) West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center provides activities and social and recreational services to enhance the well-being of older adults and younger people with disabilities who are residents of the City of West Hollywood, as well as their families. Highly professional and caring staff provide support, counseling, resource coordination, care management, crisis intervention, advocacy, and assistance in both Russian and English.

The City of West Hollywood has launched a website area with tips and resources for mental health and well being, which will be updated regularly at www.weho.org/services/coronavirus-covid-19/mental-health-resources. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Line can be reached at (800) 854-7771 or TDD/TTY: (562) 651-2549 and is available to provide mental health support, resources, and referrals.

Recreational programming is an excellent tool to help improve mental health and well-being. As part of the City’s response to the coronavirus, our Recreation Services team has launched the #WeRecAtHome series, a virtual Recreation Center that provides fun and educational activities, crafts, tutorials, games, and self-care activities that people of all ages can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. Programming is designed to assist community members in limiting physical contact and promote social distancing while giving people tools to stay creative, active, and healthy. Access the #WeRecAtHome series online through the City’s website at www.weho.org/recreation.

West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.

The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.

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Free Advocacy Training Project: How to Write an Op-Ed – Mar 8

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood has been offering advocacy training for residents. In March, the focus in writing an op-ed.

An op-ed, short for “opposite the editorial page”, is a written prose piece typically published by a newspaper or magazine which expresses the opinion of an author usually not affiliated with the publication’s editorial board.

Sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles’ (NCJW/LA) Advocacy Training Project presents ‘How to Write an Op-Ed,’ an expert-led workshop that will teach participants how to craft an impactful and memorable op-ed and how to get published.

The free workshop will be facilitated by Tom Zoellner, Chapman University Professor, journalist, and best-selling author, who will share his expertise on the purpose of an Op-Ed and how to write one.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2 p.m. at NCJW/LA, located at 543 N. Fairfax Avenue

Admission is FREE

For details, contact NCJW/LA at (323) 852-8508.

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Free Class in WeHo: Threat Response/Active Shooter Training – Feb 13

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — Residents are invited to join the City of West Hollywood for a Threat Response / Active Shooter Seminar with Erik Franco of High-Speed Tac Med.

This free community class will provide knowledge about best practices for responding to active threats; “See Something/Say Something;” increasing situational awareness; what to expect when law enforcement responds; an overview of “Run/Hide/Fight/Treat” responses; and basics about how to treat people who are injured.

No RSVP is required. For more information, please contact Kristin Cook at (323) 848-6492 or kcook@weho.org.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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