THURSDAY, August 5 — The Salus Center, a safe haven community center for Lansing LGBTQ youth, is set to run out of its budget by September 1. It offers a variety of programs including a Queer Qoir, LGBTQ support groups, HIV testing and a queer worship service.
Without help, Salus Center will no longer be able to pay rent, light or utilities. So, it is calling on the community to help it reach a fundraising goal of $80,000.
The Salus Center’s new budget has money set aside to provide the center with everything it needs to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, like a subscription to Zoom and sanitization products.
“We need your help to keep the lights on,” reads its website. “Salus Center has been severely impacted by COVID-19.”
In an open letter, Rev. Phiwa Langeni, who both founded the Salus Center and serves as its pastor, wrote, “I’m extremely confident in these leaders’ and Salus Center’s abilities to thrive in the months and years ahead, even as we all figure out how to navigate life during a pandemic amidst racial and/or gender-based violence.” The letter also announces that Langeni is stepping down as director, but will retain the pastor position. Langeni promised to match donations up to $5,000 through August, so donating this month will double the power of your donation.
You can donate to the Salus Center at https://www.saluscenter.org/donate or by sending a check to Salus Center, 408 S. Washington Square, Lansing MI, 48933.