As we reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the upcoming one, the staff at ARFC would like to send a message of gratitude for the support of so many in 2013 and a call for peace and friendship in 2014. It would not be possible to provide 250 individuals with mental health services, transportation, substance abuse prevention, and other stabilization services without our supporters.
Did you know, we also give housing support to homeless people and families in danger of losing their homes? In 2013, we helped over 175 of these families stay in their homes or find sustainable housing to prevent chronic homelessness.
Our youth program provides 60 school-age children and teenagers with a safe and nurturing space to interact, learn, grow, and share connections with others who are impacted by HIV and AIDS.
And, just as importantly, there are more than 3,500 donors across New Jersey and the United States who make it their mission to give to ours. We are truly grateful for this support.
Happy New Year!
Today, the families of the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children stand together with other organizations, health institutes and departments, agencies, and community groups from around the world to share a message that HIV and AIDS is an illness that affects more than 33 million people across the globe… yet, the medical and service community knows that we can stop the spread of the virus. In our lifetime. We can do this through prevention, testing, and support for those who are living with the illness. We can do this through advocating for prevention education and programs that are targeted to local communities. ARFC's presence in the neighborhoods across New Jersey are working to address treatment adherence, housing instability, mental health, and the complexity of raising a family in the context of chronic illness and stigma.
We are committed to this work and mission of the ARFC. Stand with us as we remember those who have paved the way for all of us -- those who fought, those who struggled, those who left loved ones behind. Stand with us as we honor those who are still walking with us today and those who rely on us for strength. Stand with ARFC as we set a fast pace towards stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS.