World AIDS Day

This season, there are so many reasons to show appreciation, be joyful, and give support. December 1st is World AIDS Day, and ARFC would like all of you to join us in doing just that.

We show our gratitude to the individuals who fought for equal rights and healthcare, and fought against discrimination, and fought on behalf of those who had no voice. The narrative of HIV/AIDS and of the communities most affected by the epidemic is written by these pioneers.

We are most joyful when we celebrate the incremental, and sometimes monumental, achievements so far that have allowed for the reality of an AIDS-Free Generation. In 2013, 35 million people were living with HIV/AIDS. However, the message from the medical and healthcare community is that with prevention methods and recent prevention advancements, we could exist in a world with no new infections.

We look ahead at the community-based work and advocacy that still needs to come, and ARFC gives its support to our partners in New Jersey. Each organization, agency, support group, counselor, mentor, and family member is vital in overcoming the challenges faced by a person living with HIV/AIDS in an underserved community. ARFC has never walked alone in this journey, and we will continue to move forward alongside our partners towards an AIDS-Free Generation.


ARFC's St. Clare's Home in Jersey City is turning 25. In those 25 years, operating 24 hours/day every single day of the year, this home has cared for hundreds of young children with serious congenital illnesses, complications from abuse and trauma, and rare conditions that require specialized treatments. These are the kids that enter the St. Clare's Homes. We are proud of the legacy being created through each successful therapy and every cry turned to laughter. Celebrate with us this holiday season on December 6th.

The gift of joy ... and a huge smile

ARFC wants to distribute toys to over 650 kids this holiday season. Throughout the year our work is intensely focused on the medical and mental health of children, families, and individuals living with chronic illness. We raise awareness and support for those impacted by HIV/AIDS. We ensure that those who need it can receive supportive housing with dignity. These programs provide the type of services that will help families sustain and thrive.

Along with these valuable services, ARFC provides children with opportunities to enjoy being a kid ... receiving a new toy for Christmas or new clothes this winter. We ask for your help. Will you donate or collect gifts for our toy drive this December?

Send or drop-off new toys by Dec. 21 to:
77 Academy Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Attn: Annie Chen, (973) 643-0400
*If you have a collection of toys, we can arrange for a pick-up. Call or email us at

Wanted: Holiday Helpers

ARFC is seeking volunteers for November 29 and 30. We need volunteers to gift wrap and collect donations from customers at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Monmouth Mall. Email us at or call us at (973) 643-0400 ext. 710 for more details.