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Pride Center leases office in Monte Vista
QSanAntonio, April 18, 2014

With viable real estate options still in short supply, the board of directors of Pride Center San Antonio have decided to rent a small office from where they can plan programs and events which would then be held at other locations.

The new office is located at 147 East Mistletoe at the corner of McCullough Ave. in the Monte Vista Historical District. The monthly lease is $360 per month and covers the office suite and an open administrative area.

Last year, Pride Center rented a space in the Deco District adjacent to the Woodlawn Theater on Fredericksberg Road. There was a reception held there to celebrate the milestone.

However, the board of directors later learned that the occupancy rate for that location was limited by the fire code to 13 people. There was also the high cost of remodeling the space to meet the organization's needs.

“The good thing for us was it didn't cost us a dime,” board president Richard Farias told the San Antonio Express-News last February. “Our landlord, Kurt Wehner, let us out of the lease without penalty. It was very kind of him.”

Farias told QSanAntonio the new office would be used for board meetings and to confer with event and program organizers. It would also serve as a point of contact with the community at large.

"Regular office hours begin on May 1 for drop-in visitors who are seeking resources focused on the LGBT community, including referrals to general healthcare needs, support groups, and activities," says Farias.

The receptionist area of Pride Center S.A.'s new office space.

The space will be staffed on a limited basis at first by board members or trained volunteers. Hours will be Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The location has an ample parking lot for visitors.

"We also have limited use of a small conference room," says Farias. "The area is not enough to host large meetings or anything like that, but it allows us to have a starter space where we can welcome people from the community, provide access to basic resources and have a secured space for files and equipment."

A grand opening for the space is slated for June 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m in the building's parking lot. The event will feature a community resource fair along with food, music, and refreshments.

Organizations that wish to participate in the resource fair or provide literature for the Pride Center to distribute should contact the organization at pridecentersa@gmail.com.

Despite not having its own building, Pride Center has maintained a robust schedule of events held in locations around town. These include Pride Families, Come Out SA (a monthly cocktail gathering), Safe Zone Training and fundraisers like the recent St. Partrick's Day theme party at the Heat nightclub.

The Pride Center board intends to keep up their search for a location that can accommodate all of the organization's needs, says Farias. In the meantime, the office provides an organizational hub from which it can operate.