Monday Ribbon-Cutting to Open Pottstown LGBTQIA+ Center

POTTSTOWN PA – A ribbon-cutting has been scheduled for Monday (June 6, 2022) at 6 p.m. for a ceremony and reception at the First Baptist Church, 301 King St., to officially mark the opening of “The LGBT Center of Greater Reading at Family By Choice,” located inside the church.

“The LGBTQIA+ population is under-served and under-represented in Montgomery County, just as in Berks County,” according to Michelle Dech, executive director of the LGBT Center of Greater Reading, which is providing services at the new site. She said the organization was “excited to formally welcome the Pottstown community to this expanded location,” and increase local involvement.

The church and center are collaborating to supply free professional counseling, and establish a youth group and an older adult group at the Pottstown location. “Actively celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ+ community is an extension of who we are as a people of faith,” the Rev. Dr. Marcia Bailey, pastor at First Baptist Church, said.

“Our relationship with the LGBT Center of Greater Reading affords us the opportunity to meet needs and to offer safe space to folks in Pottstown and the surrounding areas,” Bailey added. “We at (the church) understand this to be an expression of the love and welcome of God to all people.”

At its 640 Centre Ave., Reading headquarters, the LGBT Center offers support groups, free mental health counseling, life skills programming, monthly community meals, health initiatives, and food pantry services. It partners with more than 100 additional local social services, public health, family, and other organizations to provide comprehensive support to members of the state’s LGBTQ+ community.

For more information, or if in need of support, call the center in Reading at 484-513-3170.

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LGBT center logo provided by the LGBT Center of Greater Reading