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The ANCHOR Project


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Contact The Anchor Project

(520) 909 0754

Welcome to The ANCHOR Project!

Accessible Network for Coordinated Housing, Opportunities, and Resilience

The ANCHOR Project is designed to provide culturally responsive and affirming services to young adults who identify with the spectrum of LGBTQ&A (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and straight ally) communities.

As a team of community partners, the ANCHOR Project is equipped to offer supportive services in a variety of areas including: Housing Stabilization; Social Opportunities; Mental and Emotional Well-being; Community Engagement; Employment Skills; Goal Achievement; Personal Empowerment; Financial Education; Recovery Support; Educational Goals; Healthy Decision-Making.

The ANCHOR Project is staffed by a team of super heroes from three different community organizations (SIROW, SAAF, CODAC) who work together to make the project the best it can be. Each member of the team brings the resources and expertise of their organization to the mix plus their own talent, creativity, experience, and personality. Our little team is growing so keep checking back.

Groups and Services

S.H.A.R.E. (Sexual Health and Relationships Education)
LGBTQ-affirming group for learning about topics related to healthy sexuality and relationships. Come to learn, stock-up on safer-sex supplies, and be connected with local services available to you. S.H.A.R.E. meets every Tuesday from 12 to 2 p.m. at ANCHOR.

B.U.O.Y. (Building Understanding of Yourself)
BUOY (Building Understanding of Yourself) is an LGBTQ-affirming support group offered every Thursday at 5pm that focuses on developing and practicing safe strategies for coping with difficult life experiences. B.U.O.Y. meets every Thursday from 12 to 2 p.m. at ANCHOR.

S.M.A.R.T. Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training)
Explore the thought processes behind habits you want to change and become self-empowered and self-reliant in overcoming challanges. S.M.A.R.T. meets every other Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. at ANCHOR.

Individual Prevention Planning
Have you been putting off setting up an appointment with your health care provider? Are you interested in using safer sex protection but don’t know where to start? Have you been meaning to get tested for STIs but aren’t sure what to expect, don’t know where to go, or are worried about the cost? Have you been trying to negotiate safer sex with your sexual partner(s) but have been running into barriers?

Many of us have goals related to our sexual health, but are not sure where to begin when working toward those goals. Individual Prevention Planning (IPP) is a opportunity to discuss your goals with a Health Educator and create an action plan for achieving them.Together we will map out your objectives, evaluate personal strengths and resources that will move you forward, and acknowledge and attempt to address potential barriers that may get in the way. Using SMART guidelines for goal setting, participants will come away from the session with concrete action steps for achieving their goals.

Empower Hours
Join The ANCHOR Project every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. for activities ranging from arts and crafts to resume building. Details for the day's Empower Hours are always updated on the project's Facebook Page.

Education and Employment
At The ANCHOR Project, we can help you brainstorm, plan, manage, and pursue your career goals. Whether you are interested in getting your GED, applying to jobs, enrolling in college, or starting your own business, we would love to help you on your journey.

The ANCHOR Project is staffed in part by the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (UA-SIROW), the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, and the CODAC Behavioral Health Services

The ANCHOR Project is a UA-SIROW project, in partnership with SAAF and Living Out Loud LGBTQI Health & Wellness Center, and is funded by SAMHSA.

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