2018 Beneficiaries – BOTB 39

AIDS Foundation Houston

AFH has been reaching out to the LGBTQ community with its community-based education and awareness programs since the founding of the organization in 1982. Over the years, people in the LGBTQ community have benefited from education about HIV/AIDS transmission, learned about various safer sex methods, and been counseled on specific prevention strategies that each person can implement on an individual level to reduce HIV infections.

AssistHers Supplemental Food Assistance Program

AssistHers provides a network of support to lesbian women struggling with debilitating or life-threatening illnesses in order for them to live as normally as possible. With most of the AssistHers clients struggling with very low incomes the Supplemental Food Assistance Program provide grocery store gift cards at a rate of $125 per month for groceries and hygiene items only. This program is extremely important with the clients being among the most vulnerable in our community and having special diets due to their chronic illness which can be more expensive.

The Dalton DeHart Photographic Foundation, Inc.

The Dalton DeHart Photographic Foundation was created to preserve the history of Houston’s LGBTQ Community by chronicling the past 30+ years of events. Dalton has taken hundreds of thousands of photographs, the vast majority on film, that will now be digitized and preserved so that the community will have these images for ever.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation – Welcoming Schools Program

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the nation’s premier professional development program providing training and resources to elementary school educators to welcome diverse families, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students. 100% of the Bunnies On The Bayou donation goes directly to support this work at Houston Area Schools.

Lazarus House

Lazarus House provides a low or NO cost program to the chronically ill to prevent disease related muscle loss. The Wellness Program, developed to help HIV + adolescents & adults live stronger, healthier lives, is a program of exercise & support to combat muscle loss, provide peer support and motivation, and improve quality of life.

Lesbian Health Initiative

The Lesbian Health Initiative works to eliminate barriers to healthcare and promote health and wellness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)-identified women and transgender men through collaborative and integrated Education, Access and Advocacy programs.

LOUD, Inc.

The LOUD, Inc. mission is to improve the cultural, environmental, medical, and social health of gay men, lesbian, and transgender people of African descent.We are dedicated to organizing and promoting unity for diverse people of color and we help build an awareness of pride while providing outreach, intervention, and prevention education on HIV, AIDS, and other health conditions prevalent among men and women of color.

NEST Youth Rapid Rehousing

NEST is a city-wide effort to prevent and end homelessness among adolescents and young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) by 2020. This collaboration—coordinated by the Montrose Center/Hatch Youth, led by Coalition for the Homeless Houston/Harris County and guided by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—represents more than 60 Houston/Harris County youth agencies and service providers. The Rapid Rehousing program serves LGBTQ homeless youth by offering them a furnished apartment and a suite of services that support the ability to pay rent, utilities, and cover most expenses such as food and clothes, within 18 months.

Out For Education

Out for Education was founded in 1999. Since our founding, we have become one of the largest funders of LGBT scholarships in America and have awarded over $1.8 million in scholarships to LGBT+ youth in Houston. By investing in our LGBT+ students, we are also investing in the future of the LGBT+ community, both in Houston and across the country.

The Montrose Center – Holiday Food Basket Program

Each year during the winter holidays The Montrose Center distributes holiday food baskets to its LGBTQ and HIV+ clients in need. The purpose of this program is to provide a holiday meal for persons who are chronically unemployed, seniors and disabled individuals surviving on fixed incomes, individuals in transitional housing after fleeing from abusive partners, and persons who are starting over after recovering from addictions. Every year The Montrose Center strives to increase the amount of holiday baskets to clients in need.

Pet Patrol

Pet Patrol, a people pet partnership, is a volunteer based, organization that recognizes the proven health benefits of companion animals and is dedicated to preserving the human-animal bond. Our mission is to assist limited income elderly and those affected by chronic or life-threatening illnesses like HIV/AIDS in the Houston area by helping our clients care for the pets with whom they share their lives. The unconditional love of a companion animal is a gift for countless thousands of people living with a challenging illness. Our animal companions provide love, diversion and a reason to get up in the morning. They also provide proven health benefits to their owners.

PFLAG Houston

PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We support families, allies and people who are LGBTQ+ with small groups and our HelpLine. We educate by presenting programs and making literature available concerning the unique challenges and issues facing the LGBTQ+ Houston community. We advocate for change in attitudes, policies and laws to achieve full equality.

SPRY Senior Diner

This program falls under the umbrella of The Montrose Center’s Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years also known as SPRY. SPRY is a vibrant and growing community of LGBT older adults age 60+, with life-enhancing services to meet a variety of needs unique to our population. The Montrose Diner provides a freshly prepared nutritious lunch three times a week for LGBT older adults, their partners/caregivers, as well as fun activities in an inclusive and friendly environment.

T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc.

Telling Real Unapologetic Truth Through Healing educates and mobilizes LGBTQ communities of color and their allies through social arts that promote mental, emotional, and sexual health. The TRUTH Project’s work impacts the community by providing a safe space to discuss and share, while offering education, support, and resources for mental health care.

Thomas Street Patients Services

The Brown Bag Lunch program successfully provides a bagged lunch to one hundred patients three days a week at this time. The Thomas Street Clinic is located in at residential neighborhood few food options in the area and none within walking distance. Many of the patients of the Clinic are on medicines that must be taken with food during the day. We function on a limited budget, depending solely on the generosity of donors to continue providing lunches for our patients. Bunnies on the Bayou made it possible for us to continue the Sandwich Program for another year.

Transgender Foundation of America – Gender Reel

The Transgender Foundation of America aims to improve the quality of life for transgender people. Gender Reel Houston is a festival showcasing gender non-conforming, transgender and intersex identities in film and performance art. Gender Reel Houston provides a public platform to tell the stories of these marginalized populations.

2017 Beneficiaries – BOTB 38

AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.
AssistHers
Avenue 360
Bayou City Performing Arts
Houston Gaymers
Houston Pride Band
Lazarus House
Lesbian Health Initiative

Montrose Grace Place
Montrose Softball League Association
Out For Education
The Montrose Center
Pet Patrol
T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc.
Thomas Street Patients Services
Transgender Foundation

2016 Beneficiaries – BOTB 37

AIDS Foundation Houston – Camp Hope
AIDS Foundation Houston – Stone Soup
AssistHers
Bayou City Performing Arts
Bering Omega – Oral Health Clinic
Bering Omega – Omega House
Epsilon Xi Gamma, Inc. – L.Y.F.E.
Homeless Gay Kids Houston
Houston Gaymers – Project Blue Shell
Houston Pride Band
HRC Foundation – Houston Welcoming Schools Program

LHI – Lesbian Health Initiative
Montrose Center – Holiday Baskets
Montrose Center – Senior Housing Project
Montrose Grace Place
Montrose Softball League Association
Out For Education
Pet Patrol
PRIDE Charities, Inc.
T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc.
Texas Transgender Non Discrimination Summit
Thomas Street Patients Services

2015 Beneficiaries – BOTB 36

AIDS Foundation Houston – Camp Hope
AIDS Foundation Houston – Stone Soup
AssistHers
Bayou City Performing Arts
Bering Omega – Hospice
Bering Omega – Dental Clinic
Elsik HS GSA
Houston Pride Band

Lazarus House
LHI – Lesbian Health Initiative
Montrose Center – Holiday Baskets
Montrose Grace Place
Out For Education
Pet Patrol
Thomas Street Patients Services

2014 Beneficiaries – BOTB 35

AIDS Foundation Houston
AIDS Housing Coalition Houston
AssistHers
Bayou City Performing Arts
Bering Omega – Omega House
Bering Omega – Dental Clinic
LHI – Lesbian Health Initiative
M.E.N. Inc

Montrose Clinic – Holiday Baskets
Montrose Grace Place
Pet Patrol
PFLAG HATCH
PRIDE – Houston
SNAP – Spay, Neuter Assistance Program
Thomas Street Patients Services Corp

2013 Beneficiaries – BOTB 34

AIDS Foundation Houston – Camp Hope
AIDS Housing Coalition
AssistHers
Bayou City Performing Arts (BCPA)
Bering Omega Community Services
Houston Area Community Services (HACS)
Lazarus House
Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI)

LOUD, Inc.
Mentoring Educating and Nurturing (MEN, INC)
SPRY
Montrose Center – HATCH
Montrose Grace Place
PFLAG
Pride Houston
Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)

2012 Beneficiaries – BOTB 33

AIDS Foundation (Camp Hope Project)
AIDS Housing Coalition (Update Homeless Shelter)
Bayou City Performing Arts
Bering Omega (Dental Program)
Expert Nutrition (Replenish supplements for patients)
HATCH (Safe School Outreach)

Lazarus House (Wellness Program)
Lesbian Health Initiative (Health Fair)
LOAF (Lesbians Over Age Fifty) (Publications)
LOUD, Inc. (Assist with Transgendered Education)
MEN Inc. (Equipment)
SNAP