The Phillip Rush Center is named for noted community advocate and philanthropist Phillip Rush in honor of his long-standing commitment to bring diverse people and organizations together in an effort to foster partnerships and understanding. With initial funding from the Lloyd Russell Foundation, the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Fund and a host of individual donors, the Phillip Rush Center was created to bring together organizations whose strive to advance LGBTQ+ rights and understanding.
The vision of the Rush Center was developed in the Fall of 2008 with the decision of the Health Initiative and Georgia Equality to establish shared office space by doubling the suite that originally housed the Health Initiative’s offices at 1530 DeKalb Avenue. The benefits of the location include being directly adjacent to the Edgewood Candler/Park MARTA train station, ample parking, and other LGBTQ+ owned businesses in the Candler Park Connection business park. In an effort to create a shared space that goes beyond the identity of any one particular group, the Health Initiative and Georgia Equality decided to name this new facility the Phillip Rush Center.
The mission of the Phillip Rush Center is to promote community through a multi-tenant, mixed-use facility that models community in its design and practice. By providing long-term and short-term, affordable rental space, the Rush Center brings together LGBTQ+ and allied nonprofits together under one roof, leveraging their unique strengths.
The Rush Center Annex Building offers a community meeting place for a variety of nonprofit organizations and grassroots groups. The events and training’s held here range from coming out workshops, sensitivity training for social service providers, public health fairs that have included free mammograms and HIV testing, to strategy sessions for healthcare, youth and social justice advocates.
Thanks to the dedication of both Georgia Equality and the Health Initiative, the Rush Center was able to expand office space in January of 2017. This expansion paved the way for 7 more organizations to move in to the Rush Center, creating what we refer to as the Progressive Infrastructure Network of Georgia (P.I.N.G.).