Origins of One Voice Community Center
One Voice Community Center began with a single letter to the editor of a local publication that elicited overwhelming support from the community. The center was founded in 2005, and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in the state of Arizona.
The name “One Voice” was chosen for its direct simplicity in encapsulating a specific purpose. It was launched with a dedicated social commitment to unify and empower the LGBT Community in Phoenix. One Voice was born in a time when basic civil liberties for LGBT individuals were being threatened. Meanwhile, the Phoenix LGBT Community was severely fragmented and disorganized. One Voice is wholly committed to presenting the LGBT Community as ―One Voice. It stands for unity, commitment, and awareness. It serves as a unifying and empowering entity that strives to move the LGBT Community forward in a healthy and productive direction.
In 2007, One Voice established its first physical space – a small office inside the Melrose Center on 7th avenue. It was donated for a period of one year by Phoenix Pride. In August 2009, One Voice expended into a 2700 square foot space at 725 West Indian School Road. This allowed for new service opportunities to the community, which included an expansion of programs. The move also allowed for a state of the art cyber center, the reopening the BJ Bud Library, and introduced the Michele de LaFreniere Resource Center. An art gallery was added, and the center was able to provide meeting space for other emerging nonprofits in phoenix to meet.
In 2011, One Voice moved to 4442 North 7th avenue. Once again it expanded its programs as well as its space, which now included multiple meeting rooms, allowing several events to happen at once.
Our Mission: One Voice Community Center serves as a cultural focal point uniting LGBT individuals and organizations and reinvests in the community by providing vital educational, social and wellness programs in the Metro Phoenix area.
Our Vision: Help to create a strong community of LGBT individuals living without fear, shame or isolation.
One Voice Community Center has become a Phoenix, Arizona institution for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community. The foundation of One Voice is the countless volunteers and donors, who have selflessly given their time and contributions spark and sustain the center’s progress. Donations, contributions and volunteers are welcome and encouraged. Contact us for more information.