In 1979 Dr. Emery Hetrick and Dr. Damien Martin received a call that would change thousands of lives: A young man was kicked out of a homeless shelter because he was gay and needed help. They answered that night, and went on to found the nation's oldest and largest LGBTQ youth agency, named in their memory. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Hetrick-Martin Institute works to create an environment where all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, can achieve their full potential. They support LGBTQ youth and their families by providing a comprehensive package of direct services, innovative programs and referrals—all of which are free and offered year-round. With your help, this incredible organization can empower LGBTQ youth to achieve their dreams and remind them of one simple but crucial message: You are welcome here.