Open Gate was born March 4, 2007: "We understand what it means to be outside a locked gate, don't we? So, who is outside the gate in our neighborhood?"
The program that resulted focuses on 18-30-year-old homeless young adults of any sexual orientation or gender identity, but with a fundamental commitment to provide a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ young adults who generally have a very difficult time at shelters and agencies. "Safety" means not only no weapons, drugs, or alcohol, but also no violent speech or action.
Open Gate is representative of the spirit of social justice and social action that has long been a part of Bering's history and heart. Bering has been about serving the poor and the marginalized, about caring for those sick with yellow fever, influenza, polio, and HIV/AIDS. This is Bering's legacy and call.
We understand what it means to be outside a locked gate
Open Gate is open to all young adults ages 18-30 in our area currently experiencing homelessness of any definition. We welcome everyone that falls under this category regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, faith, and immigration status. We strive to create a safe, open, affirming environment for all of our participants regardless of where they are or how they came to be there. We truly believe that everyone is worthy of dignity and respect no matter their current circumstances, and take special care to reflect that in the work we do.