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 houses office space, meeting and training rooms to be used by organizations whose mission or activities advance LGBT 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 a shared office space by doubling the office suite that has housed the Health Initiative’s offices at 1530 DeKalb Avenue (from 1200 sq ft to 2400 sq ft). The benefits of the location include being directly adjacent to a MARTA train-station, ample free parking and LGBT owned businesses in the same building.
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. In the year since it’s founding, the Rush Center has become the home for Health Initiative, Georgia Equality, Atlanta Pride, United 4 Safety, Pro Georgia, and SOJOURN.
The Rush Center is also the regular meeting place for a variety of community organizations, such as TILTT, AGLCC, ITLA, and many others.
The events and training’s held here include regular parenting and coming out workshops, sensitivity training for social service providers who work with transgender individuals, public health fairs that have included cancer screenings and HIV testing and a series of strategy sessions for healthcare, youth and social justice advocates.
Thanks to the dedication of both Georgia Equality and the Health Initiative, the Rush Center has expanded and grown into over 15 offices and 5 event and conference spaces.