While our Executive Director, Chase Norris, was completing his Master’s in Counselor Education, he started an LGBT+ Youth group at his internship site. As time went on, Chase’s LGBT+ youth group was becoming more populated. Each week he worked with these young adults who were struggling with so much, but yet, so brave. As graduation was getting closer and Chase’s time with these kids was coming to end, he could not fathom the idea of “abandoning” them. In one of their remaining groups he asked the kids, “If you could have any resource available to you, what would you want?” In unison, they replied, “A safe place for us to go.”
At that next group meeting, Chase told the kids that he would try to open an LGBT+ Community Center and they spent the entire group talking about resources they would want offered at their center. Every idea, plan, event was suggested by one of these group kids. Chase graduated with his Master’s in December 2018, he moved his weekly group to a friend’s mental health private practice, which was now a free support group. This allowed him to keep his group going until he was able to provide these kids with a community center of their own.
December 26, 2018: Clock, Inc was officially Founded in the State of Illinois.
March 8, 2019: Chase and the Board of Directors opened the doors to Clock, Inc: LGBT+ Community Center in the Quad Cities.
May 9, 2019: Clock, Inc became an official 501c3 nonprofit organization.
June 10, 2019: Clock, Inc held one of the highest attending Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for overall attendance, youth attendance & some of the highest Representatives attendance.
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Frequently asked questions
About Clock, Inc
What is Clock, Inc?
What is the reasoning behind the name 'Clock'?
It is TIME FOR CHANGE! LGBT+ individuals deserve a safe and non-judgemental environment to embrace their truth without fear or isolation. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, which began June 28, 1969. We have incorporated where LGBT+ history began and where we are at in today’s society moving forward. You will notice that on Clock, Inc’s logo and every clock inside our center, the hands of time are always set to 6:28!
Is Clock, Inc a 501c3 nonprofit?
Yes! May 9, 2019 we received our determination, claiming that Clock, Inc is an official 501c3 nonprofit.
Where is Clock, Inc located?
Our address is 321 24th St. Rock Island, IL 61201. We are located at right before the Arsenal ramp in Rock Island, just down from the corner of 24th st & 4th Ave.
What are the different groups offered?
We currently offer groups: LGBT+ Middle School, LGBT+ High School, Transgender/Nonbinary, Parents & Allies, LGBT+ Young Adults, and Coming Out Later in Life.
What if I am interested in a group that you do not offer?
You’re in luck! The purpose of Clock, Inc is that, this is YOUR center, so if we do not offer a group that you are interested in, our job is to make that resource happen! Contact us today to suggest a group/resource!
What ages do you serve?
Clock, Inc is for all ages! There are certain groups that are targeted for specific ages, but we serve all individuals who are interested in our services regardless of age!
What resources do you offer to educate about the LGBT+ community?
Clock, Inc strives to advance the community and advocate on the well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, (LGBTQ+) individuals in the Quad City area. Clock, Inc provides educational trainings to help strengthen the knowledge about the individuals identifying in this community. Our trainings are intended to be judgment free and supportive spaces. Clock, Inc’s LGBT+ Training and Transgender Focused allows individuals who are interested in learning more about the LGBT+ population whether that be parents, school educators, or mental health professionals. Our mission is to promote LGBT+ awareness to others, and do not have a set fee established, we ask you to consider a SUGGESTED DONATION to allow Clock, Inc to continue offering services to the Quad Cities area.
Do I need to be in the LGBT+ community to get involved with Clock?
No! Clock, Inc is for everyone who is interested in our services! We have several Allies who attend groups, counseling, events, and drop in hours!
Can I just show up to a group?
Yes! There is no registration or prior check in before groups! If you are experiencing anxious symptoms about attending a group, CONTACT US today to set up a time to meet with someone on our staff to learn more about the group before hand to lessen those symptoms.
Can I be a volunteer at Clock, Inc?
Yes! We are always looking for individuals/groups to get involved in helping us continue our mission! You can drop the center and pick up a volunteer application or visit the “get involved” portion on our website and download your application today!
How do I know what pronouns someone prefers?
Never assume someone’s pronouns! In a respectful manner, simply ask someone what their pronouns are.