Abounding Prosperity an organization that serves Black LGBT people in South Dallas now needs the community’s help after an act of hate was perpetrated against the center. Someone intentionally set the building ablaze earlier this month.
“This community center is an important operation in AP, Inc.’s mission to assist individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other communities that are at risk for contracting the virus,” Myers wrote. “The Community Center is also a place where members of the LGBT community gain access to computers for a variety of needs including employment, educational, and insurance; in addition to those who use the safe space just to fellowship.”
No one was inside at the time, and no injuries were reported.
But the blaze damaged much of the building, which has impacted some of the services that Abounding Prosperity offers, founder and CEO Kirk Myers said on a GoFundMe page for the nonprofit.
Among the items they’ll need to replace are computers, furniture and their library.
Firefighters were dispatched to the building just after 6 a.m. Friday, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said. Smoke and flames were coming from the back of the two-story structure.
Investigators determined that the fire was intentional and was started at the back of the house, Evans said.
They’re continuing to follow leads, but are not disclosing any further details so the integrity of the investigation isn’t compromised, he said Wednesday.
Anyone with information about it is asked to contact the Fire Investigation Office at 214-670-4319.
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