WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - A Texoma non-profit that helps those in the LGBTQ community is raising money to help renovate its new building and continue its services.
The Opal Center center is currently located on the 4700 block of Old Jacksboro Highway but its lease ends on March 1. The non-profit already signed a new lease for a building on the 1900 block of 10th street, near United Regional, but it does not contain any offices needed for its services, such as private counseling and group therapy.
“People might be dealing with discrimination and family rejection which is something that we see a lot,” Ashley McErlean the non-profit’s founder said.
All of the non-profit’s services are free.
McErlean said it will cost at least $5,000 to renovate the building suitable enough for the care her clients needs. She started a GoFundMe page to raise the money and began to offer to take photos to raise it.
“I am a photographer but I’ve kind of been retired for a few years,” McErlean said. “I came out of retirement for photo shoots for donations.”
So far, the non-profit raised less than $300.
“We don’t want a lapse but it’s a possibility,” McErlean said.
McErlean said if they are unable to make the renovations and raise the money before the deadline, then she will help find the care for those in a crisis situation.
“There’s no guarantee that it would be free or something that would be convenient for them,” she said.
To help go to the non-profit’s GoFundMe page.