The organization hopes to use ARPA funds to build an LGBTQ+ center

https://www.ketv.com/article/a…There’s $110 million in federal stimulus money on the table in Douglas County. A local organization is hoping to get some of that money to build a new LGBTQ+ center. The leaders of the group say that it is an important project. The closest LGBTQ+ center like the one they hope to create is in Kansas City. They said there are organizations in Omaha that provide services, but they want to accommodate them all in one space and expand it. It’s for the community, by the community. John Carl Denkovich said the paint thrown on a mural of two men kissing near 25 and Farnam is exactly why this center is so needed. cities without a center,” Denkovich said. “That’s really what LGBTQ people are missing. For decades. And so we really hope to try and change that.’ They said two studies showed an alarming trend in Omaha Respondents said they were seriously considering suicide The center hopes to help Douglas County Council plans to approve $228,000 to hire workers counselors specially trained for the center “It saves lives and changes lives,” Denkovich said, due to the new policy of the Archdiocese of Omaha requiring students to be identified by their biological sex at birth. The money comes from its share of ARPA allocations.Commissioners can allocate money to organizations based on guidelines that are voted on by other board members. aha may not support you. But I do,” Boyle said. “We want to send a message to people that we care about everyone. And so it’s not based on your political beliefs, your religious beliefs or your personal beliefs or your sexuality. We want to make sure Omaha has an inclusive atmosphere. “The center will be a community space for LGBTQ+ people and will expand resources already in Omaha under one roof.” We hope to fill in the gaps and then really strengthen what we already have,” Denkovich said. Denkovich said it would also improve the marketing of Omaha, saying companies would come if there were resources for all of their employees. don’t have the resources to support their LGBTQ employees anymore,” Denkovich said. So, this may change the face of Omaha. add that the community space will be LGBTQ+ focused but will have impacts that go well beyond that. We need the help the most,” Denkovich said. They add that the mayor of Omaha supports the idea. The hope is to have a space by December.

https://www.ketv.com/article/a…There’s $110 million in federal stimulus money on the table in Douglas County.

A local organization is hoping to get some of that money to build a new LGBTQ+ center.

The leaders of the group say that it is an important project.

The closest LGBTQ+ center like the one they hope to create is in Kansas City.

They said there are organizations in Omaha that provide services, but they want to accommodate them all in one space and expand it.

It’s for the community, by the community.

John Carl Denkovich said the paint thrown on a mural of two men kissing near 25 and Farnam is exactly why this center is so needed.

“We’re one of only seven of the top 50 cities in the country that doesn’t have a center,” Denkovich said. “That’s really what LGBTQ people have been missing. For decades. And so we’re really hoping to try and change that.”

They are the executive director of a new non-profit organization called Omaha For Us.

The goal is to open an LGBTQ+ center in Omaha.

“Probably the biggest being behavioral health services. And so that’s clinical counseling, support groups, individual family therapy,” Denkovich said.

They said two studies showed an alarming trend in Omaha.

Four out of five people in the LGBTQ+ community say they suffer from mental health issues, and many don’t seek help because of the cost.

In 2011, 50% of people surveyed said they were seriously considering suicide.

The center hopes to help you.

“It’s long overdue and much needed, especially when you look at disparate health. Outcomes that a lot of health needs in the community,” Denkovich said.

Douglas County Council expects to approve $228,000 hire specially trained counselors for the center.

“It’s life saving and life changing,” Denkovich said.

Commissioner Maureen Boyle said she felt a push because of the Archdiocese of Omaha’s new policy requiring students to be identified by their biological sex at birth.

The money comes from his share of ARPA allocations. Commissioners can allocate funds to organizations according to guidelines that will be voted on by other board members.

“I felt a kind of urgency to do something so that this would be a message to send to these kids that the Archdiocese of Omaha may not have your back. But I do,” Boyle said.

” ‘ this.”

The center will be a community space for LGBTQ+ people and will expand resources already in Omaha under one roof.

“We’re hoping to fill in the gaps and then really strengthen what we already have,” Denkovich said.

Denkovich said it would also improve Omaha’s marketability, saying businesses would come if there were resources for all of their employees.

“You have people not staying in Nebraska or coming to Nebraska because we don’t have the resources to support their LGBTQ employees anymore,” Denkovich said.

“This will improve the marketability of the city for recruiting and retaining partner companies, as well as regional headquarters. So it can change the face of Omaha.”

They add that the community space will be LGBTQ+ focused but will have impacts that go well beyond that.

“It improves all kinds of things, from workforce development to crime, to public safety. Because you’re meeting the needs of the people who need help the most,” Denkovich said.

They add that the mayor of Omaha supports the idea.

The hope is to have a place by December.

Aubrey L. Morgan