Pride Center leases office in Monte
QSanAntonio, April 18, 2014
With viable real estate options still in short supply, the board of directors
of Pride Center San Antonio have decided to rent a small office from where
they can plan programs and events which would then be held at other locations.
The new office is located at 147 East Mistletoe at the corner of McCullough
Ave. in the Monte Vista Historical District. The monthly lease is $360
per month and covers the office suite and an open administrative area.
Last year, Pride Center rented a space in the Deco District adjacent to
the Woodlawn Theater on Fredericksberg Road. There was a reception held
there to celebrate the milestone.
However, the board of directors later learned that the occupancy rate
for that location was limited by the fire code to 13 people. There was
also the high cost of remodeling the space to meet the organization's
“The good thing for us was it didn't cost us a dime,” board
president Richard Farias told the San Antonio Express-News last February.
“Our landlord, Kurt Wehner, let us out of the lease without penalty.
It was very kind of him.”
Farias told QSanAntonio the new office would be used for board meetings
and to confer with event and program organizers. It would also serve as
a point of contact with the community at large.
"Regular office hours begin on May 1 for drop-in visitors who are
seeking resources focused on the LGBT community, including referrals to
general healthcare needs, support groups, and activities," says Farias.
The receptionist area of Pride Center
S.A.'s new office space.
The space will be staffed on a limited basis at first by board members
or trained volunteers. Hours will be Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The location
has an ample parking lot for visitors.
"We also have limited use of a small conference room," says
Farias. "The area is not enough to host large meetings or anything
like that, but it allows us to have a starter space where we can welcome
people from the community, provide access to basic resources and have
a secured space for files and equipment."
A grand opening for the space is slated for June 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m
in the building's parking lot. The event will feature a community resource
fair along with food, music, and refreshments.
Organizations that wish to participate in the resource fair or provide
literature for the Pride Center to distribute should contact the organization
Despite not having its own building, Pride Center has maintained a robust
schedule of events held in locations around town. These include Pride
Families, Come Out SA (a monthly cocktail gathering), Safe Zone Training
and fundraisers like the recent St. Partrick's Day theme party at the
The Pride Center board intends to keep up their search for a location
that can accommodate all of the organization's needs, says Farias. In
the meantime, the office provides an organizational hub from which it