The Bronx Community Pride Center will close its doors after 16 years of providing health care, job-readiness training, support groups, case management, and cultural activities to the Bronx LGBT community.
This comes two weeks after the arrest of Lisa Winters, the former executive director of the center, who has been charged with embezzling $338,000 from the nonprofit.
More after the jump.
The decision comes after two years of attempts to fill the budget gap due to the missing funds. The Center has reduced staff and cut costs, but have been unable but have been unable to raise the resources needed to sustain itself.
DNAinfo quotes Antonio Centeno Jr., the board chairman who joined the group months after Winters left, as saying, "I’ve been trying to find money to keep salaries paid, to pay for the programs. So even though I never met [Winters], I do feel betrayed."
The Bronx Community Pride Center is currently working to arrange for other organizations to provide its nearly 1000 clients with the services they once received at the Center, including HIV testing and counseling.
What's the opposite of pride? Oh that's right. Shame.
We wonder if Lisa Winters is feeling any right now?