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Diversity DHS!!!

A while back, we presented Diversity DHS to some of you in an effort to highlight the many things they do to Advance DHS. This week I was able to catch up with Sam Messler, the groups co-founder and dicussed their growth and plans for the immediate future. Groups like Diversity DHS are part of what make our city amazing simply because they promote one of our best features…our diversity!

We last spoke with you concerning DiversityDHS a few months back. What’s new?

I’m improving tremendously after being challenged with a serious illness forcing me to relinquish my 13 volunteer projects. It has been a long road to walk, but I am absolutely thrilled and grateful to the dedicated team of doctors guiding me to the specimen of health I am today. That helped get me back in the game returning to the position of President of DiversityDHS and Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Desert Hot Springs. I owe it to these friends along with my loving husband who helped me return to the smiling Sam once again.

You have an event coming? Can you provide some details?

The DiversityDHS committee is tremendously excited in hosting the 3rd annual Desert Hot Springs Pride Festival on November 16, 2019 at the famed Cabot’s Pueblo Museum. The event will have more than 40 booths of both retail businesses and nonprofit organizations, local and regional entertainers throughout the day, and “deeelicious” food and drink. The best part is that admission to the festival is free to the public. Parking will be available at the Angel View campus, Miracle Hill and Desert View. Guests will board the Desert Hot Springs Spa City Bus transporting everyone to the festival site. We have a new board member who is an Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee putting together an exciting diverse pride show at the festival for all to enjoy.

How does DiversityDHS plan to serve the needs of the members of our growing LGBTQ+ community?

When DiversityDHS was first formed in 2016, the initial board members added a tagline espousing a mission purpose: Your LGBTQ+ Connection in Desert Hot Springs. With a couple of pride festivals in our pocket, this year we began an outreach strategic plan bringing that connection to life. One new event we’re deeply excited about is hosting the first Desert Hot Springs LGBTQ+ Town Hall bringing our ever growing community together with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department. Acting Police Chief Jim Hensen is eager to open a dialogue with our community keeping an open ear to all issues, concerns, and suggestions in maintaining a positive living experience in Desert Hot Springs for all residents. The Town Hall is happening on October 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl May Community Center.

We also fundraise throughout the year to pass it forward to the youth of our city. In appreciation of their hours of community service, DiversityDHS donates money to the Desert Hot Springs High School Interact Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Girls Volleyball Team, and AVID students as well as the DHS Scout Troop 1606. Last year, we dedicated funds to Safe Schools Desert Cities for their Teen Suicide Prevention Program. The Desert Hot Springs Citizens on Patrol has consistently helped in festival crowd control along Desert View Avenue, so we are working to donate funds to this special and most valuable nonprofit organization. One fun fundraiser is our monthly Bingo Night at Trunks Bar in Cathedral City on the 3rd Monday evening. Currently, we are looking to bring the popular Bingo back to Desert Hot Springs in early 2020.

Anything else you’d like to add?

DiversityDHS is led by a superb team of wonderful, fun people from diverse backgrounds having the main focus of combining fun with educating the public. We are always eager to welcome new members to our family. I encourage everyone to go to our website www.diversitydhs.org to sign up as a volunteer.

Thank you Diversity DHS for Advancing DHS!!!

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