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Hudson Pride Center Announces Expansion to Union City

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Just in time for Pride Month, local LGBTQIA+ organization Hudson Pride Center has announced plans for its second location. The new location will be at 4428-30 Bergenline Avenue, Union City, and will open its doors later this year. The Hoboken Girl caught up with Elizabeth Schedl, Executive Director of Hudson Pride, to learn more about what to expect. Read on for more about Hudson Pride Center and its upcoming Union City location.

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Elizabeth Schedl (left) + Joseph Zapata (right). Photo Credit: Hudson Pride Center

About Hudson Pride

Hudson Pride Center was founded in the early 1990s and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing advocacy and social support services for the LGBTQIA+ community. Over the years, the group’s mission has expanded to now include mental and physical health services, support groups, community events, and online resources, among other things.

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Elizabeth said that in addition to grants and corporate sponsors, the organization frequently hosts fundraising events. “Our LGBTQ+ Prom Gala is coming up on June 14th at White Eagle Hall,” she told HG. “We also have our LGBTQ+ Youth Prom coming up at HCCC on June 22nd.”

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Hudson Pride’s current location is 3000 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 306 Jersey City. It is open Monday through Friday from 10AM to 6PM to the public and has evening groups that run from 6PM to 8PM three times a week.

Elizabeth said that the Jersey City location serves thousands of residents per year. “At our current Jersey City location on average about 1000 people visit our space per month. That is about 12,000 in-person visitors a year,” she said. “We also provide virtual services for those who can not come to our location. This is in addition to over 100 events a year throughout Hudson County.”

 

 

Union City Location

Opening a second location was an easy choice for Elizabeth. “We believe with this new storefront we will see a large influx of new clients and individuals located in north Hudson County,” she said. “It has always been a long-term goal to open a second location that northern Hudson residents can access more easily. We want to ensure we are reaching all of our LGBTQ+ community members. Having this second location, which is a ground floor storefront, in one of the highest foot traffic areas is going to make such a big difference not just in our visibility but in our connection to our community.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Union City location will provide some of the same hallmark services that are available at the Jersey City location, Elizabeth said. “We will be offering all the current services we have at our Jersey City Office and are looking to expand into new services for the LGBTQ+ community. Some examples of these are a drop-in community center and space where folks can come and relax, grab some food, work on a computer, and just be themselves; and connection to safe and competent healthcare services.”

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Some other services will be health and wellness education and specific health services including free HIV testing and connection to care; PrEP Services; short-term consulting, as well as referrals and financial coverage to LGBTQ+ supportive providers that Hudson Pride partners with; gender-diverse community support services like letters of medical necessity; and hormone therapy readiness assessments. The facility and staff will host weekly social support groups for youth, seniors, parents, and the gender-diverse community.

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Elizabeth shared that the best way to get involved is to volunteer. “We are always looking for volunteers! They can reach out to us at [email protected],” she said.

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