STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) - A Staunton business owner is aiming to give LGBTQ people in the valley a place to go where they can feel at ease.

LGBT Tech co-founder Christopher Wood is starting the LGBTQ Center.

On Tuesday, July 17, he announced the center’s first meeting, which will include a listening session and a chance to identify the needs of the community.

Wood says the center will provide health and education resources, events, and a place for people who hail from Winchester to Roanoke to connect.

“There is so much need in the community asking for these resources, wanting the help,” says Wood. “Not to mention those who are trying to serve and protect our communities, who want to be able to send LGBTQ individuals places where they know they're going to get support."

The first meeting will be held on Saturday, August 4, from 2-4 p.m. in the center's temporary home at the LGBT Tech offices in downtown Staunton.