GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- The Grand Rapids Community Foundation has announced its Our LGBT (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender) Fund, a new field of interest fund reached $270,000 in community donations. It exceeds the original goal and 1:1 match set in August.
Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik, created the Fund at the Community Foundation with a matching gift of $100,000. Padnos and Sarosik expressed a desire to fund programs that support vulnerable and homeless LGBT youth in West Michigan.
Nationally more than 500,000 young people live on the streets are more vulnerable to harm physical harm, sexual abuse and exploitation than adults. For LGBT homelessness is even more of a harsh reality—often families are unaccepting when youth come out and they are forced out of the home or run away due to rejection, conflict or abuse.