Individual financial support is vital to our continued ability to provide services above and beyond the status quo. We rely on private, individual support to ensure the continued success of our comprehensive support services as well as our unique program opportunities, such as the WIR’s Women’s Empowerment Program, one which focuses on the prevention of and recovery from incidences of domestic and family violence. Your support also ensures that we are able to promote and expand innovative service models like the True Colors Residence and True Colors Bronx.

To make a secure online contribution, please click here.

Hold a Fundraising Event
A number of wonderful groups and individuals have raised much needed funds to support West End through small fundraising events. Benefit concerts, art shows, dances, and other community events are a great way to not only help our residents, but to spread the word about the West End.

If you would like more information about donating the proceeds of your fundraiser to West End, please contact Melanie Meadows, Director of Development, at

West End now has a new opportunity for corporations to get involved. Gain some exposure and show your community involvement by supporting West End’s sponsorship program. Please review the packet for details.

West End Sponsorship Photo

If you would like more information about sponsorships, please contact Melanie Meadows, Director of Development, at

Bequests and Planned Giving
You can make a crucial difference in the ability of West End Residences to continue serving as a critical resource for all who need our help. Remembering West End in your will, a trust, or through an annuity is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give future generations.

For more information, please contact Melanie Meadows, Director of Development, at


There continues to be confusion about West End’s True Colors supportive housing programs and any affiliation they may have to the True Colors Fund. While sharing a deep commitment to ending LGBT youth homelessness, the True Colors Residence (TCR) and True Colors Bronx (TCBx) are in no way connected to True Colors Fund (the Fund). Rather, TCR and TCBx are supportive housing programs solely created, developed, and operated by West End Residences. They are not part of the Fund nor does the Fund have any role in the residences other than providing some limited financial support in the past. West End’s connection to Cyndi Lauper as co-founder of TCR and TCBx, is separate from her work as co-founder of the Fund.

West End Residences and the True Colors Fund are both wonderful organizations working to improve the lives of LGBT youth but our missions and activities are very different. We hope the information below helps to provide clarity.

Housing Services
West End Residences

Mission Statement: West End’s mission is to provide safe and supportive transitional and permanent housing together with comprehensive services that assist and empower homeless and formerly homeless youth, families, and older adults to live full and productive lives.

Program Areas: At our True Colors Residence and True Colors Bronx sites West End provides affordable housing and onsite social services for formerly homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

Public Policy & Awareness
True Colors Fund

Mission Statement: The True Colors Fund works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves.

Program Areas: Through a broad continuum of community organizing, public engagement, public policy, research, and youth collaboration programs, the True Colors Fund is working to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth by creating systemic change at the local, state and national levels.