Friends Community Center Receives Grant

FRI’s community site, Friends Community Center, was recently awarded the “Opioid Use and Stimulant Use Prevention and Recovery Services in the LGBTQ2S+ Community” grant funded by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation. Funding awarded through to The Center’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Access Points Project is allotted to organizations throughout California focused on expanding prevention and recovery services for people with substance use disorder (SUD).

Our new project, The Spencer Project, will focus on implementing a holistic continuum of harm reduction and care services, specifically related to opioid and stimulant use prevention, designed to benefit men who have sex with men and transgender individuals in the Hollywood/West Hollywood area of Los Angeles County. Additionally, The Spencer Project will promote sustainability through the creation of a community advisory board to obtain insight regarding the formation of a network of culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and stigma free providers.