Eastern Europe’s only LGBT homeless shelter saved from closure

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An LGBT shelter in Poland has avoided closure thanks to fundraising efforts by organisation All Out.

The Emergency Shelter in Warsaw, Poland helps homeless LGBT people who have suffered from violence and harassment, and is the only one of its kind in Eastern Europe.

After months of looking for funding and running out of resources, the centre had only one option: shut down and let everyone go in the middle of Polish winter.

But hope came in the form of an international campaign led by LGBT equality organisation All Out that was able to smash expectations and raise $60,000.

Donations came from 2,900 people, and the money means the shelter can stay open for another four months while they look for more permanent funding.

Agnieszka, coordinator of the LGBT Shelter, said: “I can not express how grateful we are to all of you, All Out members, for all your donations and the support we received.

“Thanks to you, we are still open, and we will do our best to survive these hard times.”

Watch the video made by the centre’s staff and residents below.

You can still donate to the cause by visiting allout.org

Words Rafael Farias Teixeira

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