Palm Springs LGBT center receives $100,000

Jeff Wolter of the Nesteggg Group (center) cuts the red ribbon at the Palm Springs food bank recently renamed the Nesteggg Food Bank at The Center, as City Councilman Rick Hutcheson (right), The Center Board Chairman Randy Lowe (left) and others look on. Photo by Will Dean

The “egg” phrases were flying Thursday at The LGBT Community Center of the Desert’s food bank in downtown Palm Springs.

Jeff Wolter, owner of the Nesteggg Group, said it was an “egg-cellent” and “egg-citing” occasion — with good reason. His financial and insurance services firm had just committed $100,000 to support the food bank during the next four years. And in return, the facility was renamed the Nesteggg Food Bank at The Center. It’s located at 610 S. Belardo Road.

For nearly three of the five years the food bank has been open, Nesteggg has done its accounting. During that time Wolter became familiar with the food bank and The Center’s other programs, and said he wanted to give back.

Gary Costa, interim executive director at The Center, says the food bank serves about 275 people each week.  Recipients are seniors and others who receive disability benefits. Nesteggg’s contribution will help cover food, staff and overhead expenses, Costa adds.

Wolter was recognized by Costa, The Center Board Chairman Randy Lowe, Palm Springs City Councilman Rick Hutcheson and others Thursday during the unveiling of the new name. It was also an occasion to  acknowledge another “egg-ceptional” contribution.

Earlier this week, Hickman Family Farms out of Arizona donated 900 dozen eggs to the food bank. The company provides eggs to grocery stores and other businesses across the Southwest, including between Arizona and San Diego.

Wolter says it will provide a couple hundred dozen eggs every week.

For information about the food bank and other center programs, go to www.thecenterps.org.

 

Palm Springs center extends counseling services to LGBT families and bereaved

There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go. ~Author Unknown

Starting this week, LGBT residents dealing with the loss of a partner, friend, pet – any loss at all – will have an opportunity to share and learn from the experiences of others also going through it.

As a part of its commitment to serve Coachella Valley LGBT residents and address the gamut of issues that affect our lives, The LGBT Community Center of the Desert (The Center) has reassessed its counseling programs and added new ones. A new bereavement group therapy, led by a licensed therapist, begins Sept. 13.

“Bereavement and grief are universal,” says Dr. Jill Gover, director of counseling and wellness programs, “but unique challenges” for LGBTs fuel the need for a safe space where they can bond and get the help they need without having to explain who they are.

The challenges range from stress and legal issues in the absence of legal marriage to insensitivity on the part of a deceased loved one’s family.

Other counseling services The Center offers include: individual therapy, couples therapy and family therapy for gay couples with children – “any member of a gay family can come,” Gover says. Family therapy began Sept. 5.

Therapy sessions are $5 up to $50, determined by a sliding scale based on federal poverty rates, Gover says. For more information: call Jacob Samples at (760) 416-7790 or go to www.thecenterps.org. The Center is located at 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 201 in Palm Springs.

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