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Collaborative grants $400,000 to HIV/AIDS service organizations in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Each year, the money raised by AIDS Walk & Run San Diego are granted to local agencies that provide direct services to the HIV/AIDS community.

The San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, which is charged with reviewing grant applications and making funding recommendations for the pool of money raised by the event, announced its 2011 funding recipient selections today. More than $400,000 in grants will be awarded to 10 local agencies.

AIDS Walk & Run San Diego increases the impact of the dollars raised at its September event through a unique funding partnership with the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative. Funds from the walk are combined with donations from other philanthropists and foundations to qualify for national matching funds.

Those funders include Johnson & Johnson, the Parker Foundation, the McCarthy Family Foundation, Alliance Healthcare Foundation and the Sunshine Brooks Fund at the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF).

"It is imperative that we continue to be able to direct resources to those organizations who are doing the front-line work with those affected by HIV/AIDS,” said Tony Freeman, executive director of SDHDF.

“As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of HIV/AIDS this year, these organizations continue to step up and find innovative solutions to the challenges presented by HIV/AIDS today,” Freeman said. “With compassion, dedication and tenaciousness, each one of these programs serves our HIV-impacted community at the highest levels. We are honored and humbled to be able to support their vital work.”

Along with funding for the San Diego LGBT Community Center's HIV/AIDS programs and services, and the 10 local HIV/AIDS service organizations, a special grant is also being awarded for a targeted initiative to address crystal meth use/abuse.

Below is a comprehensive listing of the funded organizations and their programs:

Christie's Place

Strengthening Systems: Integrated HIV/AIDS Services for Women, Children and Families

A pioneer of the family-centered model that is now considered a best practice intervention by social service organizations; Christie’s Place addresses the multiple barriers faced by HIV-positive women in accessing and remaining in care.

Family Health Centers

Prevention & Education: Teen Outreach Mobile Clinic

This program provides outreach, HIV/STI screening, access to medical care and referrals to homeless, runaway and /or at-risk San Diego youth, ages 12 to 24.

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

Care and Treatment: HIV/AIDS Enhanced Legal Services

This program is the sole free legal resource in San Diego County for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, targeting low-income consumers who have difficulty accessing legal services through existing legal clinics.

San Ysidro Community Health Center

Strengthening Systems: CASA/Our Place

Early intervention centers helping to increase access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS from South Bay and Southeastern San Diego, focusing on these communities’ Latinos and African Americans, with particular emphasis on MSMs.

Vista Community Clinic

Care and Treatment: VCC Care Services for Positives

This program will provide individual counseling for HIV-positive Vista Community Clinic patients for the purpose of improving treatment compliance, reducing risk behavior and improving quality of life.

North County Health Services

Prevention and Education: HIV Outreach, Testing and Counseling Services

This program provides HIV outreach, education, testing and counseling services with special emphasis on Latino agricultural workers and women of color living in north San Diego County.

Mama's Kitchen

Care and Treatment: AIDS Nutrition Program

This program targets San Diego County residents who are struggling with AIDS-related disabilities, or those who are HIV symptomatic, to the extent that they cannot shop or cook food.

San Diego Youth Services

Prevention and Education: Peer Education Empowerment Program (PEEP)

This program provides an effective health education and prevention model designed for high-risk youth.

Fraternity House

AIDS Caregiving & Transportation Programs

For the past 22 years, this program has been San Diego County’s only licensed provider of residential care homes for men and women living with HIV/AIDS.

San Diego Hospice

Care and Treatment: HIV/AIDS Case Management Program

This program focuses on addressing the needs of adults and children affected by HIV or AIDS using a team approach to provide case management, including both a registered nurse and MSW case managers.

2012 Meth Special Initiative Grant

Family Health Centers

The CLEAR of Meth Initiative will consist of five, incentivized individual CORE sessions, and up to six group sessions, using the CDC’s Choosing Life! Empowerment, Action, Results (CLEAR) curriculum. Funding will support staff training, CLEAR of Meth CORE sessions followed by weekly process groups to address related clients needs, and a wrap-up session that can provide further referrals as needed.

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