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Our Mission

Recognizing that the entire LGBTQ community has the right to quality care, our mission is to provide critical life assistance and professional mental health services with an emphasis on economically disadvantaged, marginalized youth, and senior adults in the greater South Florida metropolitan area.

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Our Philosophy

We are advocates for strong inclusive families and healthy relationships in all their diverse forms within and across the generations as well as professional volunteer agents for development and change. We are committed to provide quality affordable counseling, psychotherapy, education, and outreach to all regardless of their ability to pay.

We assert that:

Families in all their diverse forms and relationships are to be honored and strengthened by inclusive education and outreach programs.
All families and individuals who suffer from emotional, psychological, addictive, or relationship problems deserve quality care.
The most effective treatment of psychological and relationship issues and concerns is one that utilizes all resources: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, communal, relational and spiritual.
Each of us has a considerable reserve of personal resources that counseling and therapy can help us tap into.
All deserve the best compassionate care from one another when our resources feel depleted or difficult to access; this often occurs when we are unduly stressed or experiencing pain or loss.
We are dedicated to providing that care regardless of the client's income level.

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Our Goals

To be a model social service agency, serving the LGBTQ community with compassionate and progressive care that understands and respects the individuality of each client, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identification.
To provide services of the highest quality for all clients served, especially those in financial need, minorities, youth, seniors, people of differing ability, and those with life-challenging physical, behavioral and emotional conditions.
To help build a stronger, healthier community one person at a time, reaching beyond race, ageism, ethnic differences, sexual orientation and socio-economic classes.
To meet the unique needs of the South Florida LGBTQ community through collaborative partnerships with individuals and agencies from the greater South Florida area.

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Our History

Here in Broward County, there are now more Gay and Lesbian residents than in any other part of the Nation. In this gay metropolis, there are precious few social service agencies that meet the unique needs of this community. Sunshine Social Services, Inc. (SunServe) was born in the melding of community need for quality social services, the generosity of the Sunshine Cathedral, and a team of dedicated community volunteers.

SunServe is the first LGBTQ social service agency in South Florida. In February 2002, SunServe set out to build and operate the World’s first Senior Day Care Center designed to meet the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. The Noble A. McArtor Senior Day Care Center is now home away from home to more than 30 seniors who enjoy a host of activities throughout the week, allowing their caregivers and families the much needed respite they longed for.

In the following year, SunServe, under the experienced leadership of Dr. James Lopresti, formed the Counseling Program. With a shoestring budget and a collective team of 40 community therapists, this program grew into what is today. SunServe then branched out into the additional programs of providing Support Groups, Education & Training, and Community Outreach. These programs continue to expand and evolve to include projects aimed at training professionals, and helping the community at large on issues pertaining to:

Sexuality
Sexual orientation and gender identification
Individual, couples, family, and group mental health counseling, therapy and support
Empowering youth and families to understand and nurture their ongoing growth process

For complete information on our various programs, click on Services.

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If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Mark E. Ketcham,
SunServe's Executive Director, by phone at 954.764.5150 x102, or email mketcham@SunServe.org.

 





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