Pride month

Helping LGBTQ+ heal from adversity and toxic stress

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impact all communities, yet studies show that some populations, such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ+) community, are affected disproportionately.

For example:  

  • One CDC study found that participants who identified as LGBT reported significantly higher exposure to ACEs than comparison groups.  
  • According to an analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 56 percent of LGBTQ+ people reported that someone in their household had experienced job loss, furloughs, or a reduction in income or hours due to COVID-19, compared with 44 percent of non-LGBTQ+ people.  
  • Data from the CDC released just a couple of months ago found that LGBTQ+ youth reported greater levels of poor mental healthemotional abuse by a parent or caregiver, and suicide attempts than their counterparts. 

Springboard is committed to providing quality care to all and making a concerted effort to connect with the LGBTQ+ community.  

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FT Burden

Chief Executive Officer

F.T. was appointed Springboard Community Services as CEO in September of 2015 following a national search that yielded more than 200 candidates. Prior to joining SCS, he served for nearly 15 years as President & CEO of AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. / Empire Homes of Maryland. F.T.’s chief duties include leading fund and partnership development, cultivating the board of directors, and establishing the agency’s strategic direction and vision. A Florida native, F.T. enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending live music and dance performances.

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