CAN Program Staff

Vanessa Gotti

Vanessa Gotti

Center Advocacy Network (CAN) Specialist

Holly Reese

Holly Reese

Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy

About CAN

Center Advocacy Network (CAN) is the victims of crime advocacy program of the The LGBTQ+ Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center). CAN has four components:

  1. Volunteer Advocates that help call-in and walk-in LGBTQ+ clients who are in crisis due to past or present trauma, as well as primary or secondary victims of crime who are needing supports and services.
  2. Providing referrals, advocacy and support for our clients to navigate housing, shelter, food, medical, legal and social needs to relieve stress of crisis and/or trauma to empower them to build a stable foundation on which to recover.
  3. The provision of training, technical assistance and support to community direct service providers to enhance their policies, procedures and practices to be LGBTQ+ culturally competent.
  4. Outreach into the community to raise awareness of the advocacy services and supports that CAN provides for individuals and for agencies looking to enhance their policies, procedures and practices.

We have created this hotline to ensure that our advocacy services are still accessible to our community during this time of high stress due to the global pandemic we are facing.

 

Become a Community Advocate

Victim advocates provide confidential and non-judgmental support, education, resources, & referrals to on and off campus entities following experiences of interpersonal violence. Aiding a client with filing a protection order, calling a social service on behalf of a client, helping a family member or partner of a victim/survivor find resources: these are examples of advocacy.

As a victim advocate you will be discussing options with a victim/survivor and providing information, referrals, and support to victims/survivors of interpersonal violence, and their loved ones. You will be essential in helping to empower someone to make decisions, take action, and move through a crisis.
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CAN Certified Advocate Resource Centers

Certified CAN advocates can sign in to access additional online resources.

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CAN Makes History

The Center Advocacy Network makes history as one of two advocacy training programs in Nevada and the only advocacy program in the United States to focus on LGBTQ issues.

Accelerated 6 Day Course

CAN provides comprehensive LGBTQIA+ advocacy training in 12 meaningful sessions, 1 day per week for 6 weeks. Training sessions and materials are free to all attendees.

Impactful Trainings

“The training I received here was top notch and I highly recommend for anyone interested in advocacy work!”

Accredited Training

Center Advocacy Network training is approved through the National Advocate Credentialing Program. Advocates receive credentialing through the NACP.

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CAN Release of Information Form

The Center has an obligation to keep personal information, identifying information, and crime victim records confidential. Download this form to allow The Center to release some of your personal information to certain individuals or agencies.

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Support The Center

Volunteer

The Center relies on the generous dedication of its volunteers to help us provide free and low-cost services to our community.

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Donate

We rely on generous contributions from supporters like you to maintain our free to no-cost community programming.

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Sponsor

Corporate sponsorships help us provide much-needed programs and services to the LGBTQ community in Southern Nevada.

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