GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – 864Pride, a clinical non-profit dedicated to providing support, medical and mental health services for the LGBTQ+ community, is coming to the Upstate.
This is a safe place for Jaime Fivecoat, her backyard overlooking a lake.
“It’s just so peaceful,” said Jaime Fivecoat with 864Pride.
But getting to this point has been a long journey.
“As life went on, I dealt with issues very frequent in the LBGTQ+ community. Issues with obesity, issues with addictions,” Fivecoat said.
She always knew she was different.
“When I was four, I realized I had to hide who I was because a traumatic experience at home, so I did,” Fivecoat shared.
Finding a qualified counselor was difficult. She said, it’s hard to find affirmative, experienced counselors. Also, the financial burden can be a major barrier for a lot of people in the community.
“The counseling involved is about navigating life, but it’s important the counselor knows what’s going on and if they’re not part of the community, a strong ally for the community,” Fivecoat said.
That’s where Elizabeth Serricchio and Laura Davis come in.
“864Pride creates opportunity for people to receive healthcare services at no cost to them,” said Co-Founder of 864Pride, Laura Davis.
They already work in a counseling environment at Amaryllis Counseling in Greenville, and have witnessed the pain amongst clients from the LGBTQ+ community.
Elizabeth Serricchio is part of that community herself.
“There’s a higher rate of mental health issues as far as anxiety, as far as depression, a much higher rate of suicide,” Elizabeth Serricchio explained.
On top of the medical and mental healthcare, they also plan to offer a trans peer support program and training for other medical professionals.
“We saw so many individuals going through the transition process, and it’s daunting without your friends and family- which very few people ever have that,” said Serricchio.
They’re creating a wellness community center to provide a safe place with all these resources. Construction has already started. They told 7 News, it will be located in a centralized area of the Upstate.
As for Fivecoat, she told us she was able to eventually find a counselor, she doesn’t know how her transition would have happened without one.
“For me, it feels like I’m doing what I have to do,” Fivecoat said.
Founders of 864Pride are hoping to have the center completed by the end of this year. They also said a handful of different organizations in the area have helped turn this idea into reality.
You can find a link to the website below that also contains resources in the Upstate by clicking here.
Services through 864Pride include:
• BLOOM – a clinical educational component targeting youth and focused on
individual, family, and group therapy bolstered by training for companies,
educators, and affirming clinicians within the Upstate who seek to implement
evidence-based care and proper interactions with LGBTQ+ folks.
• Scholarship Fund – a means to provide monies for Hormone Replacement
Therapy, counseling services, or any other medical needs transgender and nonbinary folks need.
• LEAP – a trans peer support program offering 1:1 peer support as well as group
support for any person who believes they would benefit from hearing another’s
story through their personal social and medical transition.
According to both Davis and Serricchio, no other company like 864Pride exists in South