Our mission is to provide much needed safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults in the Spartanburg and surrounding areas. We are committed to creating an environment shared by community leaders who will assist us in providing community resources.
The Uplift Outreach Center is the Upstate’s first LGBTQ+ yout center. Our space is located inside Fernwood Baptist Church. The church is within walking distance of the SPARTA Hillcrest bus route. Our entrance is located on the backside of the church on Greengate Lane behind the Aldi grocery store.
The center is separate from the church with its own entrance, restrooms, and gathering spaces. This includes a kitchen, foosball, pool table and other areas where youth can come to find support, do homework and participate in after-school socialization in a safe, welcoming space.
Beginning August 27, 2019
The Center will be open
Every Tuesday and Saturday
3:30 pm until 6:30 pm
Entrance is located at the back of
Fernwood Baptist Church on Greengate Lane.
We are in need of volunteers to supervise our youth. Please contact us to find out how to become an Uplift volunteer.
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The Uplift Outreach Center began as the dream of Spartanburg resident and activist, Eric Nolley. He envisioned a safe place for homeless and at risk youth who identify as LGBTQ+ and needed resources. The only place like this existed in Columbia, a hundred miles away.
While involved with PFLAG Spartanburg, he and fellow PFLAG Spartanburg member, Debra Foreman began laying the ground work for this center. With the support of the local PFLAG chapter and it’s members the first annual Rainbow Ball fundraising gala was held in May 2019 to benefit the outreach center. The event raised over thirteen thousand dollars and allowed them to launch the Upstate’s very first LGBTQ+ outreach center.
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We hope you’ll visit us and get involved as we prepare to grow and partner with other local organizations to provide more safe, affirming spaces for our youth. Let us know how we can help.