Identity Inc. raises enough funds to stay open

Next month, the nonprofit organization will move its community center to a new, cheaper location on West Main Street

The Daily Times staff
Identity Inc. has announced that it has raised enough funds to keep its doors open. The center will also relocate in June to a new location, also on West Main Street.

FARMINGTON — Community donations have helped a Farmington LGBTQ community center keep its doors open.

Less than a week after announcing its financial woes, Identity Inc. officials said today that they have received about $2,500 in donations, which is enough to keep open the center that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning individuals.

The center has also signed a lease to move into a new building with more affordable rent.

In June, Identity Inc. will relocate from its current location at 218 W. Main St. to a storefront just east of that at 204 W. Main St., said Judy Palier, president of the nonprofit organization. Moving to the new location is expected to save Identity Inc. about $300 a month, she said.

Palier hopes the center will be operating out of its new location by June 15, a few days before Farmington's first-ever pride parade on June 18.

Palier also expressed gratitude to the owners of the organization's current location, Kolbjorn Lindland and Margaret Cassidy. She said they allowed Identity Inc. to use the space without paying rent for the first year. The nonprofit moved into the space in January 2015.