March 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm EST | by Steve Charing
Brother Help Thyself to hold town halls
Jim Slattery, gay news, Washington Blade

Jim Slattery is president of Brother, Help Thyself. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Brother, Help Thyself (BHT), a community-based organization that provides financial and other support to non-profit organizations serving the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region, will hold a pair of local town hall meetings. One meeting will be held in Baltimore on April 1 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Hyatt Place Inner Harbor. The other will be held in Washington, D.C. on April 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the DC Center, 2000 14th St., N.W.

These town halls will be the first step in sharing ideas, exploring under-served needs and giving resource/service providers an insight to the immediate needs and concerns of the community. The information gathering/sharing will help to inform BHT’s 2015 grant cycle and will be the first step in developing an online directory of the many LGBTQ-focused non-profits in the D.C./Baltimore metro areas with an eye toward enabling community members to access the services and organizations that they need.

Dr. Patrick Chaulk, chair of the Mayor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS, will be the guest speaker at the Baltimore town hall. In D.C., Sheila Alexander-Reid, director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, was invited to be the guest speaker.

“While we could certainly proceed from year to year with our traditional method of planning for our grant process, reaching out to everyone in our community to find out from them what they think are the critical needs facing service providers and their clients, seems like a far better way of proceeding,” Jim Slattery, president of BHT told the Blade.

For more information, visit http://brotherhelpthyself.net/.

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