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.
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