Pottstown Church Opens LGBTQ+ Satellite Location

POTTSTOWN PA – Services, advocacy, and support for the LGBTQ+ population in western Montgomery County will be offered at a satellite location of the LGBT Center of Greater Reading that’s being opened at First Baptist Church, 301 King St., it announced Wednesday.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer constituency is both under-served and under-represented in Montgomery, Berks, and Lancaster counties, according to center Executive Director Michelle Dech. The organization also is opening a similar partnership site in Columbia PA, she added.

“We are excited for the opportunities this will bring to all of us as an integrated network of LGBT community representatives,” Dech said.

The church sees its partnership with the center as an opportunity to “expand our service to the Pottstown community in all its diversity” its pastor, the Rev. Dr. Marcia Bailey, added. Members of the congregation consider themselves a “Family By Choice,” its website noted, and states its “relationship with Welcoming and Affirming Baptists opens the doors to all in the LGBTQIA community as members of our worshiping congregation and as members of the broader Pottstown community.”

The church is planning its first related event for the satellite location during April, it reported.

Dech said the non-profit Reading center provides support groups, free mental health counseling, life skills programs, monthly community meals, health initiatives, and food pantry services. It also partners and collaborates with more than 200 additional local social services, public health, family, and other organizations to provide comprehensive support to members of the state’s LGBTQ+ community.

Those in need of support or information can call the Reading center at 484-513-3170.

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