I direct Oasis Youth Center for LGBTQ youth in Pierce County. Oasis has served thousands of youth and young adults since the community created it in 1988 as response to the unique needs of LGBTQ.
In the early 1990s, Oasis became a program of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD). In 1996, TPCHD ended its responsibility and oversight over Oasis. Fortunately, Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF), under the leadership of Jeannie Darneille, took Oasis on as on of its programs. Finding secure, ongoing funding for Oasis was a huge challenge for PCAF, but she persevered.
This is just one example of why I am supporting Darneille for the state Senate in the 27th District: She knows the right thing to do at the right time, and she persists even when it is hard. Literally thousands of youth who have come to Oasis for support, mentoring or just a safe place would not have had these resources had it not been for Darneille’s courage, leadership and thoughtfulness.