Project Nest

We've been busy.

ARFC, with support from the NJ Department of Health's Division of HIV, TB, and STD Services, has designed, organized, and opened a supportive home for young HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. This program is one that is close to ARFC's mission. As the children and families in our care grow, change, and evolve, so do the array of programs at ARFC. Our commitment to children and adolescents in the after-school program and our legacy of services to adults and families has lead us to this newest initiative - providing support to the young people aging out, or kicked out, of traditional support systems.

Project Nest is a transitional housing program that provides weekly individual and group therapy, medical case management, nursing services, substance abuse prevention, and opportunities for developing life skills. ARFC intends for each resident to exit with the skills and confidence they need to live independently in the community.

We are taking referrals into the program - complete the screening form here (

To support the work, donate here (

Canticles for Life Benefit Concert

Benefitting organizations serving people impacted by HIV and AIDS

The Canticles for Life AIDS Benefit Concert is presented annually to raise awareness and funds to benefit the following charities which are concerned with the quality of life for persons with AIDS and the remembrance of lives lost: the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, in Newark; the NAMES Project of Northern NJ, which supports the AIDS Memorial Quilt; and NJ AIDS Services. Since the concerts began, over $100,000 has been raised in support of this music ministry.

Under the direction of the Triad Arts Ensemble, and in collaboration with the host venues, Canticles programs feature vocal music in styles including classical, folk, pop, jazz, gospel, Broadway and world music.  This year features Sean Altman (April 9 & 10),  a founder of Rockapella! Past performers have included: the Newark Boys Chorus, Mad Agnes, the Dan Crisci Jazz Quartet, Mark Miller and the Good News Community Choir, and the Triad Chamber Vocal Ensemble.  Another meaningful component of the concerts is a display of sections from the AIDS Memorial Quilt – representing lives lost to AIDS - and a time of reflection and dedication of new quilt panels during the program.

The main goal of these concerts is to serve as reminders that there are still so many people in the New Jersey community impacted by HIV/AIDS, and that there is still a stigma attached to this disease.

April 3, 7pm at St. Joseph's Church (767 Prospect Street, Maplewood)
April 9, 7pm at First Presbyterian Church of Boonton (413 Birch Street, Boonton)
April 10, 7pm at United Methodist Church (903 Beverwyck Road, Parsippany)

Tickets are available at the door for $15 general admission. Or purchase tickets online at

Twilight's 20th Anniversary Success!!

Thank you Twilight Concert Committee, artists, and supporters. You raised $32,000 for much-needed programs at the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children. ARFC could not continue its work in underserved communities without the commitment that each of our friends have made to creating a better world for ALL children. We are grateful.

Performers Pat Guadagno and Layonne Holmes

Performers Pat Guadagno and Layonne Holmes

Happy New Year

As we enter into 2016, we reflect on the blessings and challenges of the past 12 months, and we approach this new year filled with energy and joy.

This past year, ARFC continued its supportive housing initiatives, providing opportunities for safe and sustainable homes to HIV-impacted families.  We also continued to provide a comprehensive after school program to Newark children, and built upon our summer apprenticeship program for teens.  We provided over 150 individuals with case management and substance abuse prevention services.  Our staff facilitated more than 80 support groups for HIV-positive individuals.  And through the 3 St. Clare's Homes, ARFC provided a safe haven to neglected or abused children in need of specialized medical care.

We could not have achieved success without the uplifting spirit of supporters, volunteers, and the gracious communities of New Jersey.

Thank you and may you enjoy a new year brimming with warmth, love, and family!

It's not too late ...

The 2015 tax year is ending and NOW is your chance to give. Your support and generosity this time of year is crucial to meeting ARFC's impact objectives in 2016. We plan to serve 67 students in the Newark-based youth program; 15 medically fragile children in safe homes across the state; 7 HIV-positive women transitioning into the community; 250 families in need of supportive housing and housing stability; and 150 individuals seeking mental healthcare, medical referrals, transportation, food, and peer support. These are big plans, and we need your support today.

Donate by 11:59 PM on Dec. 31 to benefit your 2015 taxes. And benefit children and families in need.