Programs

Salus offers a brick and mortar space for LGBTQIA+ groups in Lansing to gather! Contact each group to get involved.

Don't see what you're looking for? Start a group at Salus! If you have a group, organization, or idea, contact us at info@saluscenter.org. We have a small kitchenette, and one large and one small meeting room. We are on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible. There is one accessible bathroom. Google has a 360° view of our space. Salus can accommodate events and gatherings up to 70 people.

Check out our calendar for upcoming events!

Small kitchenette insite Salus includes a counter space, microwave, and fridge.
A meeting room inside Salus has two sofas, a coffee table, bean bags, and a card table. There are various pride flags hung in the windows on one wall.
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Capital United Land Trust

The Capital United Land Trust is protecting land and empowering communities in Lansing, Michigan.

Their mission to preserve vacant land under community management, support sustainable urban agriculture, encourage ecological restoration and redistribute land stewardship to historically marginalized groups.

Contact: CapitalUnitedLandTrust.com or capitalunitedlandtrust@gmail.com

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Ennis Center for Children, Samaritas, and Department of Health and Human Services

The Ennis Center's goal is to ensure every child has a safe loving home while in foster care and hopefully reunited children with biological parents, unless it is no longer possible then create a new family through adoption.

Three organizations are working together to spread awareness about foster care and adoption. Ennis Center for Children, Samaritas, and the Department of Health and Human Services all service the LGBTQIA+ and support them being foster and adoptive families.

Contact: Katie.Lipka@enniscenter.org

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Helping Women Period

Helping Women Period provides free menstrual health management products and education to homeless and low income people in Mid-Michigan.

HWP has been providing menstrual health products to homeless and low income people in the Lansing area since 2015. HWP partners with over 145 other local organizations to distribute these products. Currently HWP is working on ways to provide reusable products, as well as disposable products.

HWP distributes every 2nd Saturday at Olivet Baptist Church in Holt, every 3rd Saturday with the City of Lansing Mobile Food Bank, and every 4th Saturday with Loads of Love at All Washed Up Laundromat.

Contact: helpingwomenperiod@gmail.com

HWP hosted a webinar class that taught how to make reusable menstrual pads. Watch on YouTube.

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LAAN Free HIV Testing

Lansing Area AIDS Network is dedicated to meeting the needs of people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and to preventing the spread of the virus.

Contact: Nhoua Yang, 517-394-3719 x126

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LGBTQ Abilities

LGBTQ Abilities is a non-profit organized to provide support and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ individuals with disabilities and to raise awareness for the intersectionality found in the LGBTQIA+ and disability communities.

Contact: Luna Brown & Kammie Mead, lgbtqabilities@gmail.com

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Michigan 4-H LGBTQIA+ Alliance

The Michigan 4-H LGBTQIA+ Alliance is a space for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies to come together in fun, positive, and supportive ways. Through advocacy, education and opportunities for social connections, the Alliance is working to create an inclusive and affirming environment where members of the LGBTQIA+ community can be their authentic selves.

4-H Expressions SPIN Club

Humans are complex and life is often challenging. The 4-H Expressions program will focus on the importance of processing the variety of feelings, emotions, and thoughts that we experience and expressing them through creative and productive means, such as visual arts, writing, music, and more.

Contact: Kristy Oosterhouse (she/hers) oosterh6@msu.edu, & Eric Dobbrastine (he/him) dobbras1@msu.edu

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Nonbinary Support Group

The Nonbinary Support group is for anyone who identifies as nonbinary, genderqueer, agender, or questioning whether they might be, and is 18+ years old. Support meetings are a safe place to chat, vent, get and give advice, and find support in community. The Nonbinary Support Group at the Salus Center formed in the summer of 2019.

Lansing's Nonbinary Support group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. It's a great place to get together with other nonbinary folx to chat, share, vent, and get and give advice and support.

Contact: Grey Pierce (they/theirs), nonbinarylansing@gmail.com

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PFLAG

The mission of PFLAG is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQIA+ people and allies who support one another, and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQIA+ people.

Contact: GreaterLansingPFLAG@gmail.com

Phone support: 517-925-1125

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Queer Poetry of Color Discussion Group

Hosted at the Salus Center, a selection of poems from contemporary queer/trans poets of color are selected and discussed in a safe, intimate, sober space. No poetry experience needed, we approach the work from a feelings-centered place!

Contact: Izze Copeland (she/hers), contact@thethoughtclub.com

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Queering Medicine

Queering Medicine is a grassroots coalition that follows the tradition of queers taking their health into their own hands by seeking sustainable healthcare system changes. QM is not affiliated with Michigan State University, though many of our members work for or are students at MSU. QM works to affirm and support LGBTQIA+ individuals and identities in the Lansing area.

Contact: queeringmedicinelansing@gmail.com

Queering Medicine is still meeting regularly and continues with its weekly updates focusing on the public health crisis racism and COVID-19.

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Stand with Trans

Stand with Trans is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide the tools needed by transgender youth so they will be empowered, supported and validated as they transition to their authentic life.

Their goal is to help remove the stigma of being transgender, through education and visibility in our community.

Since 2015, Stand with Trans has been dedicated to developing programs, Educational Events and Support Groups to serve the Transgender Youth.

Regular events: support groups for trans youth and parents/caregivers trans youth, support group for nonbinary youth adults.

Contact: Roz, roz@standwithtrans.org

View the Stand with Trans support meeting schedule on the Upcoming Virtual Support Groups page of their website or on the Salus calendar.

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Sexual and Gender Minority Clinic

The MSU Psychological Clinic strives to meet two equally important missions. The first is to provide state-of-the-art evidence based treatments to the community in such a way that permits underserved populations to receive mental health care. The second is to provide high quality training to advanced doctoral and postdoctoral students. The MSU Psychological Clinic embraces the diversity embodied within individual and group differences. We offer culturally competent services in a safe and affirming space. Fees are set based on family income level and/or specific provider level.

Housed within the MSU Psychological Clinic, we offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) services for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Therapists in our clinic are trained in how to provide the best quality care to LGBTQIA+ people. Therapists in the clinic can help if you would like to talk about experiences related to being LGBTQIA+, such as coming out, gender affirmation, holding multiple marginalized identities, or other topics. The clinic is also a good fit for LGBTQIA+ people who would like to discuss topics unrelated to being LGBTQIA+.

Contact: clinic@msu.edu or (517)-355-9564

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Tender Heart Gardens

Founded in 2017, the Queer and Trans Growing Collective has evolved into a queer and trans-led microfarm focused on community engagement and education. Weekly work days during the growing season are on Sundays at 10:00 am.

Contact: TenderHeartGardens.com or 517-648-3049

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Transgender Michigan Support Group

Trans support and advocacy. Monthly support group meetings are hosted through Zoom on the 4th Monday of every month from 6:00-8:00pm.

Contact: Nicole Hope (she/hers), nicole@transgendermichigan.org

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Trans-ilience: The Transgender Stress and Resilience Research team

Trans-ilience is a community-based research team focused on supporting the health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse communities by contributing to positive social change through research and advocacy.

Contact: Jae Puckett (they/theirs), pucket26@msu.edu

Trans-ilience will be holding trainings for mental health providers and medical providers regarding how to be affirming with trans clients.

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Transmasculine+ Support Group

Transmasc+ Support Group is a confidential Salus Peer Support Group focusing on the needs and concerns of transmasculine-identifying community members in Lansing and surrounding areas. We hope to build a sense of safety, community, and confidence within a space created by and for transmasculine-identified people.

Contact: Samuel Rhoades (he/his), samuel@saluscenter.org

Monthly meetings are being hosted online via HIPAA compliant Zoom.

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True (Teen LGBTQ+ & Allies Support)

The LGBTQ Support Group, or T.R.U.E. (Teens Respecting and Understanding Each Other) helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth between the ages of 14 and 18 in the Lansing area. The mission of T.R.U.E. is to provide a safe space that is free from bullying, homophobia, biphobia, & transphobia for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies ages 14-18.

Contact: truelgbtq@gmail.com

Voice & Text: 725-222-TRUE (8783)

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Write Hear 4 Queer

Sometimes writing in a vacuum is too isolating; sometimes writing can only been done alone. For some, writing has been a long cherished and subsequently over-weighted expectation and the writing self continues to go neglected and unaddressed. Sitting together in a safe space cast for the purpose of opening the writing vein, among others also facing this terrain, is one way to approach the calling we know as writing. Sitting with others makes it safer to enter the wild unknown territory of our imaginations and creativity while lending support and kinship, community in a word. The mission is expression through the vision of writing in community.

Contact: mimigonzalez223@gmail.com

What to start a group? Contact us at info@saluscenter.org and tell us about your idea.