Learn More About Our Programs Below
If you have further questions regarding any of the programs featured below, simply reach out to us via our Contact Page. Learn more about how you can help support these programs by donating here:
Transitional Housing Program
We are now taking referrals and self-referrals for our new Transitional Housing Program, a therapeutic model of supportive housing. To learn more to fill out the Referral Screening Form application, click below.
St. Claire's Social Services
St. Clare’s Social Services provides essential support to help individuals and families with chronic illness to maintain stability, health and well-being. Our services ensure that clients gain access to needed assistance and are provided with a safe place for peer support.
St. Clare's Social Services takes into consideration the holistic needs of a person impacted by illness such as HIV or AIDS. Each family is treated as a whole unit, and each individual is treated with dignity and respect.
Our comprehensive services include:
- Case Management
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- Emergency Financial Assistance
- Mental Health Services
- Medical Transportation
- Special Family Events
- Peer Support Groups
- Community Outreach
ST. CLARE'S HOMES FOR CHILDREN
Pediatric Transitional Homes for Children with Specialized Needs
The St. Clare's Homes are licensed by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services as Pediatric Community Transitional Homes - the first in the state to receive this distinction.
St. Clare's Homes for Children offers transitional care to infants and children who have specialized medical needs. As a contracted partner with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), St. Clare’s Homes are safe and provide loving environments for vulnerable children living at-risk in the community or who are boarded needlessly in a hospital setting.
Through a holistic approach to housing and care, St. Clare’s provides children with medical, nutritional, developmental and social support at a critical period in their lives. Our team works with DCP&P caseworkers to ensure each child is ready for placement when permanent homes are identified. We also offer support to biological, foster and adoptive families through educational and training resources, and by provide comprehensive Respite Care.
Academy Street Firehouse
In continuing its mission to serve HIV/AIDS affected youth, ARFC purchased a historic firehouse from the city of Newark and has renovated it to make the Academy Street Firehouse the first single location in New Jersey to address the specific educational, social, and medical needs of children and adolescents who are dealing with the loss of a parent due to AIDS.
Educational and health care programs at the Firehouse enhance the lives of youth participants by aiding them in receiving a high school diploma, preparing them for life after high school (be it in college or the work force), educating them to engage in healthy lifestyles, exposing them to the arts, and providing them with necessary mental health services.
Housing As Healthcare
Committed to finding family-based solutions to problems associated with the HIV epidemic, in 1993 ARFC began providing housing support to families coping with HIV/AIDS. With a grant from Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), ARFC began providing rental and utility assistance to its clients in need.
The success of the housing program led to its expansion with the purchase of 40 housing units in Newark, Irvington, and Orange, New Jersey that were renovated by ARFC. St. Clare's Housing Program continues to ensure that people living with HIV have a chance to live in a safe and supportive environment.
St. Clare Homes Property, Inc., an affiliate of AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, announced the completion of its $9.3 million, 46-unit supportive housing initiative in Newark earlier this year. As one of the state’s largest providers of housing services to individuals living with chronic illness, such as HIV, AIDS and other disabilities, St. Clare Homes Property offers housing stability to underserved populations.
For people living with HIV stability in housing is the key to treatment adherence and maintaining strong family support. Over the next 10 years, ARFC’s housing units are attached to $5,000,000 in subsidies and all tenants will receive comprehensive support services for their families. At the end of the project St. Clare’s Home Properties will own and manage 142 units specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
St. Clare's Summer Camp
In 1990, AIDS Resource Foundation for Children created the St. Clare's Summer Camp. This experience is designed to engage families in a natural environment where peer support can thrive. Made possible by private donations and volunteer services, St. Clare's Summer Camp has brought happy summers to over 2,000 individuals. At camp, children and their families are able to ride bikes, swim, laugh, sing, and enjoy the freedom of outdoor play.
To become a volunteer at summer camp, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.