Phoenix LGBT youth center gets donation for new facility after fire – Arizona News

Phoenix LGBT youth center gets donation for new facility after fire – Arizona News

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The Phoenix Fire Department releases surveillance footage of a man who officials say set on fire a center for LGBT youth in Phoenix on July 12, 2017.

A Phoenix LGBT youth organization received a $275,000 donation to help build a new facility after a July 12 fire destroyed the center’s previous location.

The one.n.ten youth center said Tuesday that the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation made the donation to help complete construction on the new center, which will be located at the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness at Central Avenue and Portland Street. 

The new center will provide programs and services for LGBT and allied youth between the ages of 14 and 24.

Linda Elliott, one.n.ten’s executive director, said the new location is more convenient for young people, who previously had to walk five blocks to get to the center from the closest light-rail stop.

Now, the closest light-rail stop is only steps away from the center.

“In 110 degrees in the summer, that makes a big difference,” Elliott said.

READ MORE: Fire closes Phoenix LGBT youth center

The new space is double the size of the previous location at 5,000 square feet.

“We have lots of storage cabinets. Everything was sort of out in the open before, and now we can be more organized,” Elliott said.

Additionally, Elliott said the donation will allow the center to host more than 30 students in its online high-school diploma program, twice its previous limit.

The July 12 fire that destroyed the center’s previous location is being investigated as arson, according to the Phoenix Fire Department. 

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