Pacific Pride Foundation, which provides programs and services to more than 10,000 people in Santa Barbara County, has opened a new office in downtown Santa Maria at 123 S. College Drive.
Pacific Pride holds walk-in testing hours for free and anonymous HIV and Hep C tests along with the only syringe exchange program in the county from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Education about harm reduction, PrEP and opioid overdose prevention is given in the office individually and in presentations across the county in both English and Spanish.
The new location is also a home for youth programs, including a monthly group for LGBTQ youth ages 12 to 17 and their allies to connect, meet new friends and find support. The group, which meets the second Monday of the month, is run by a licensed therapist and youth specialists from Pacific Pride and includes guest speakers from the community, activities and discussion topics.
Pacific Pride's North County office will host the (90) Days of Summer Program during which youth advocate leaders implement and co-lead a life skills-building curriculum.
After organizing and leading that program, the leaders will focus on the Genders & Sexualities Alliance clubs at middle and high schools in the county, which are supported all year long.
For more information about programs and services, visit pacificpridefoundation.org or call 963-3636, ext. 108.