James Klein via Crowdrise
September 09, 2010
BENEFITING: LEGACY CENTER
In January of 1990, Positive Images opened its doors as a co-creation of Beverlee Laird and Jim Foster, MFT. The first meeting was held in Jim Foster’s counseling office located in Santa Rosa. It was attended by 5 young gay men. Due to demand, the bimonthly Thursday night support meetings soon became weekly after the first year. Today there is an average attendance of 25 members plus a few adult mentors at every meeting.
P.I. began giving panel presentations the Spring of 1990, serving as a resource for high-school communication and survival skills classes as well as “Diversity Days.” Currently we also receive speaker requests for presentations in psychology, sociology, and health classes at Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, and social service agencies. In the summer of 1992, Positive Images began a mentor program of screening, training, and supporting GLBTQ adults who had a desire and commitment to work with GLBTQ youth. Mentoring in the first years was very similar to “Big Brothers & Big Sisters.” They were one-on-one contractual relationships of six months to one year in length with a P.I. member. As time has evolved, adult volunteers serve P.I. in several ways: Adults can now contribute as “Friends of P.I.” assisting with fundraising, special events, providing expertise, regular donations, or becoming a Board member.