In 2015, the board of Holland is Ready and the officers of Pride voted to form a new organization called Out On The Lakeshore. This organization (OOTL) was initially introduced to the Holland community at PRIDE in June of that year. An initial goal of Out On The Lakeshore was to establish and manage a LGBTQ Resource Center. The Center, in conjunction with PFLAG Holland/Lakeshore provides ongoing and new support programs and a safe location for community members to meet. Out On The Lakeshore is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
What We Do
Education: The Center has a library and will hold and develop educational literature to advance understanding and acceptance of LBGTQ people. It serves as a meeting center for educational programs, hosting speakers, movies and focus groups.
Youth: Programs to support area youth who are trying to come to terms with their sexuality or gender identity. OOTL provides a place where youth can feel free and safe to gather and share experiences or relax and do homework.
College: The Center provides a location for college age students to meet and carry out their support programs and related functions.
Transgender: The Center will be used as a meeting place for a transgender support group.
LGBTQ: Holland Area Pride, sponsored by Out On The Lakeshore is an annual event where LBGTQ people can gather and openly celebrate who they are. The Center provides a location to centralize knowledge of this annual event , to acquire volunteers and to plan and promote both PRIDE and pre-PRIDE events.
Events: Out On The Lakeshore will continue to sponsor events to raise funds for the community center, programming and PRIDE.
Coalition Building: The Center is a base from where we continue to build coalitions with area businesses, churches, law enforcement and social justice organizations.
Collaborative Organizations: OOTL collaborates with PFLAG Holland/Lakeshore and Holland is Ready to provide complete and full support to the diverse Holland area LGBTQ community
Political: Holland is Ready, will continue to advocate for legislative action at the local, state and national levels that supports the goal of safety, rights and inclusion of LGBTQ individuals and their families.
PFLAG: Parents, family and friends of lesbians and gays (PFLAG) is a national organization with a local chapter PFLAG Holland/Lakeshore. The mission of PFLAG is to promote the health and well-being of LBGTQ people, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy. The Center is a location for providing information, materials and contacts with PFLAG Holland/Lakeshore.
Out On The Lakeshore Board
Chair: Rev. Jennifer Adams
Vice Chair: Rebecca Harris, MBA
Vice Chair: Robbie Schorle
Treasurer: Gesa Snook
Amy Bade, EDD
Charley Bowers, PhD
PFLAG Representative: Karen Prins, MSA
Community Center Coordinator: Wendy Rebhan