Bronx organization Destination Tomorrow continues mission to be safe space for LGBTQ+ community
In celebration of Pride Month, News 12 is highlighting one organization that works to support the LGBTQ+ community with resources like housing and food donations even throughout the pandemic.
"Their destination needs to be tomorrow, that's what we're working towards," says Executive Director and Founder of Destination Tomorrow Sean Coleman.
Destination Tomorrow opened in 2009 to offer health care services, job support, a G.E.D. Program and continue to expand to meet the community's needs.
"The food pantry came as a direct result of the pandemic, us identifying that need," Coleman adds.
Right before the pandemic hit, they opened a second space on Barnes Avenue, which now hands out food and supplies to the community two days a week and provides 90-day temporary housing.
"We offer a structured independent living program and offer some of the tools that are going to empower people once they finish this program," says Angel Donohue, housing manager for Destination Tomorrow.
Both locations are safe spaces - offering clothing, transition support services, as well as counseling.
"There are hate crimes that's going on in our community especially for trans women and men," says Jahaira Gonzalez, director of outreach for Destination Tomorrow, "I think that having the center open, it's something that where they can come and just be safe and be themselves."
Destination Tomorrow wants the community to know that while they are the Bronx LGBTQ+ center, they welcome anyone in the community.
"You know that you're safe. You know that you're a part of the community. You know that we're here if you need to vent. We're here if you need to celebrate," says Donohue.