We envision a Lansing LGBTQIA+ community that thrives without barriers.
We need your help!
Salus Center has been severely impacted by COVID-19. By September 1, we will no longer be able to pay our rent, light, and/or utilities. We need your help to keep the lights on and futures bright! Donate today to help us reach our fundraising goal of $80,000.
Want to learn more about our fundraising goal? Check out our fundraising budget.
Lansing's only LGBTQIA+ community center
Founded in 2017, Salus Center serves Lansing’s LGBTQIA+ communities as a gathering space and information hub, and we advocate for the rights of our community members by honoring and affirming the interconnectedness of oppression. We empower you to build on the legacy of LGBTQIA+ activism and manifest a life that is authentic, safe, and full.
What does Salus mean? Salus is Latin for wholeness and well-being.
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Oprah Jrenal (she/hers) loves Lansing and wants you to love it too. She has lived here for almost three years and still is still discovering new and excited things. Oprah works in higher education primarily at Michigan State University serving lesbian, gay, bisexual , transgender, and asexual Spartans! She earned her bachelors in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry from the University of Arizona and a masters in higher education from the University of Kansas. Oprah is pleased to share her light and love with Lansing!
Dio Aldridge (he/él) is a Blatinx Trans man born in Limón, Costa Rica and raised in Southern California. Growing up in the household of a Baptist minister and social worker proved to be formative in shaping his passion and work in community building, engagement, education, art and poetry. Dio currently works in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of Art Institute of Chicago Dio holds a BA in Black Studies from UC Santa Barbara and is completing a dual masters in social work and social justice from Loyola University Chicago. Dio needs a nap but is always “woke” for community.
Isabella "Izze" Copeland (she/hers) is a Latinx queer-joy organizer and creative who loves building community. She is the founder of Thought Club, a Lansing-based social group focused on celebrating joy through arts and culture. Izze currently works to provide resources and training for advocates working with victims of crime. She earned her bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Spanish from Northwestern University.
COVID-19 Update on Current Operations
As a young nonprofit organization preparing to start our third year in existence, there are immense pressures and obstacles to being able to hold accessible space for the sixteen-plus groups we host each week while also collaborating with local organizations striving to serve their LGBTQIA+ clients better and trying to find ways to be financially sustainable with extremely limited resources of every kind.
That’s already a tall set of tasks without adding onto it a global pandemic and ongoing violences against many people in our communities, especially those who embody multiple minoritized identities. As such, we’re focusing our energies on how to maintain the space we have and what that means for when and how to reopen someday. That means we’re also not currently equipped to handle external requests for projects and such until further notice.
In the meantime, please:
contact your support group leaders to see whether they’re meeting online.
hold off on requests that would shift our limited human capacity to process all the changes around us.
continue to support us by donating as you’re able.
keep educating yourself and others to help shift culture so that everyone can live without the threat of violence for daring to exist.
stay hydrated, rest, and do whatever you can to prioritize your wholeness and wellness so we can all get free!
THANK YOU, truly, for all the ways you are making this a better world!