The San Mateo Pride Center is a great place to do just that to be proud of who we are, no matter where we are on our journey, but also for any type of support to guide us down that path. Everyone at the center is very welcoming and friendly, always displaying positive attitudes. They’re all very accepting of anyone looking for support of any kind and would gladly point in the right direction if they didn’t have the answers. I feel at home in San Mateo County; additionally, I feel at home at the San Mateo Pride Center. I’m grateful this center opened up in my community. Finally a safer place for the people who just want to feel supported and accepted, more importantly, for people to be proud of who they are as individuals, and feel welcomed in their community.
Ever since then, a small group of us from PFS have talked about the need for a center in our community. Finally in June of 2017, an LGBTQ Center was opened on El Camino Real in San Mateo, a first for our community brought about through the collaborative efforts of various non-profit groups in the county: Peninsula Family Service, the County of San Mateo Health and Recovery Services, Star Vista, Outlet of Adolescent Counseling Services, and Daly City Partnership and Pyramid Alternatives. The center provides a variety of services for clients of all ages – support groups and workshops for transgender members of our community, workshops on real estate in the county, Friday movie night, and a myriad of other activities. Check out the facebook page at: San Mateo County Pride Center for a listing of all activities coming up at the center.
Needless to say, the center has been a boon to our community as LGBTQ folks no longer have to drive north or south to find resources, they’re right here in our backyard. Check out the calendar and come to the center to participate, enjoy and offer any services or skills you have.