We hope you are doing well and keeping safe! Lucie’s Place has been busy, and we want to let you know what we’ve been up to these past weeks during our Summer of Transition, as well as how you can get involved.
As Central Arkansas sees COVID cases rise, the services Lucie’s Place provides are becoming more and more essential. In order to meet demand, Lucie’s Place restored the hours at our Drop-In Center to be open now 5 days a week, from 10:30 am to 4 pm. At the Drop-In Center, we provide case management and referrals for members as well as food, supplies, bus passes and much more. Check out here to learn more about the Drop In Center. If you have food, clothes, masks, gloves, sanitizer, or other materials you’d like for us to distribute to our members, you can click here.
In the meantime, the search for a new Lucie’s Place Executive Director is ongoing as an Advisory Committee of community stakeholders has begun interviewing prospective candidates. This team of seven representatives and advocates from LGBTQ and homeless organizations as well as community partners has spent many hours reviewing more than 60 candidates who have applied for the position. They’ve brought their insight and experience to the process and review of candidates making sure Lucie's Place, the greater Arkansas community and most importantly our members have the right leader for the future. The Advisory Committee includes representatives from organizations including Our House, The VAN, Center for Artistic Revolution, and Intransitive, among many others. Feedback from the Advisory Committee will be invaluable as the Lucie’s Place Board interviews the finalists for the Executive Director position.
Lucie’s Place hopes to welcome a new Executive Director in the coming weeks, and we look forward to sharing that news and having you join in the excitement when it happens.
Lucie’s Place is proud to announce our sponsorship of Little Rock Black Pride’s celebration this year, taking place July 24th-26th! Little Rock Black Pride is doing essential work for our community here in Central Arkansas, providing and creating spaces for Black and Brown LGBTQ+ people. This year’s event will include a series of workshops, as well as a focus on health and wellness, including free HIV, STD, and Hep-C testing and counseling. For more information on the event, see Little Rock Black Pride on Facebook.
Finally, if you’d like to find a way to relax and get creative, consider joining Americana Creative’s Paint Party on Wednesday, July 29th at 7pm. Part of the proceeds will go to Lucie’s Place. You can watch, or join in yourself and paint your very own rainbow butterfly canvas. To sign up, see the event on Facebook here.