For over 30 years Broward House has provided housing as the cornerstone of healing for those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. Broward House recognizes that individuals are more able to accept services and adhere to health care in a safe environment in which a variety of needs are addressed which lead to expanding services to include prevention, education, case management, collaborative medical care, mental health and substance abuse treatment. A range of vital housing services remain at the core of Broward House’s mission including 72 community-based residential units, 74 beds at our Assisted Living and Substance Abuse treatment facility and 114 clients and families living independently with tenant- based residential vouchers in the community. Our programs are designed to work in partnership with our clients on their paths to self-sufficiency. Here are just a few examples of what the dollars we received from the SMART Ride allowed us to do this year:
- Provide over 31 individuals the resources to obtain birth certificates and/or identification cards to support their journey to independence and health care
- Provide emergency medication to 18 individual who were pending insurance coverage.
- Pay $252 in medical co-pays for a client who was unaware of the copay until he received the bill in the mail. He was unable to see his physician until paid. He now is able to budget for the copay.
- Provide a bicycle and shoes to a newly employed gentleman who obtained employment after years of being unable to work due to health complications and the impact of mental health and substance use.
- Furnish the first apartment of a newly diagnosed 25-year old who grew up in a cycle of homelessness and poverty.
- Provide HIV testing and education to 102 at-risk youth.
Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Centers (CDTC) has grown to be one of the largest children’s agencies in South Florida, serving over 11,000 children and families with special healthcare needs each year. The Center’s Comprehensive Family AIDS Program (CFAP) serves over 1,400 families directly impacted by the HIV pandemic. CFAP provides a one-stop, family-centered approach to healthcare to address the needs of individuals living with HIV or AIDS and their families.
CDTC’s CFAP Services Include:
- 24/7 on-call for medical care, including pediatric adult and adolescent infectious disease clinics
- Laboratory tests, including confidential and anonymous HIV screening
- Access to clinical trials and research studies
- Support groups; client advocacy; education
- Summer camp program for HIV infected children
- Mental health assessment and follow up counseling services for children and youth
- Family Centered Case Management and Care Coordination
- Life enriching activities for Women, Children, and Youth
Metro Inclusive Health is a multi-faceted agency in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties serving the HIV+ community via Medical Case Management, Eligibility, Minority AIDS Initiative, Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Prevention/Testing/Outreach services. We have funding from Ryan White Part A and B, Project AIDS Care, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and many other grants and awards. We also serve three counties via our Metro Centers which provide crucial community resources including; LGBTQA Primary Care, Pharmacy, Targeted Programming that address the specific needs of our diverse population, a David Bohnett Foundation Cyber Center, meeting space and safe haven for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Queer and Ally communities. Metro has a 223-year history of compassionate community service and care.
Pridelines is Miami-Dade County’s LGBTQ Community Center and South Florida’s oldest LGBTQ direct service agency. Their mission is to support, educate, and empower South Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and community in safe and diverse spaces to promote dialogue, wellness, and to foster social change. Pridelines was founded by gay and bisexual youth for LGBTQ youth in the wake of Anita Bryant’s Save Our Children campaign. Rooted in a peer-led/adult-facilitated youth group model, the group began meeting at Miami-Dade College in 1982 and was formerly known as Pridelines Youth Services. Today, the agency has matured just like the youth they serve. In 2015, the organization shortened its name to Pridelines to reflect its ongoing commitment to supporting the lives of all members of South Florida’s LGBTQ community. Pridelines provides Health Programs and Services for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, Youth Programs and Services for youth and young adults ages 14 to 24, Programs and Services for Homeless Youth who are 18 to 24 and at-risk of or currently experiencing homelessness, and Community Engagement Opportunities for members of the LGBTQ community and their allies, regardless of age.
Now in its 31st year of service, AIDS Help (AH) is Florida’s oldest continuously operating AIDS service organization (ASO) and remains the only agency in Monroe County that serves, across the demographic spectrum from Key Largo to Key West, individuals living with HIV and AIDS.
AIDS Help provides case-managed health care, food, counseling, referral and support services to assist in helping people live fuller, healthier lives…plus services not covered by other grants and resources, such as non-covered prescription medications, alternative therapies and a nutrition/fitness program. In addition, the Agency provides HIV education, outreach, intervention, testing, referral and safe sex packet/condom distribution.
AIDS Help has a long history with TSR. As Florida’s oldest operating HIV/AIDS service organization, it participated when it was known as BIKE It & B.E.A.R. It for AIDS, The Southernmost AIDS Ride 2 and the subsequent TSRs 3-13. As a result of being TSR’s only legacy agency, AIDS Help was able to complete an additional 50 units of housing, bringing our proud total to 96 units for people living with HIV/AIDS, the only ASO in the state to hold that distinction.
AIDS Help looks forward to helping make a difference in the lives of so many again in 2017.
Miracle of Love Inc. is the oldest and largest non-profit AIDS Service Organization (ASO) for communities of color in Central Florida. Miracle of Love’s founder, Lowell D. Stafford, began providing care services to multicultural communities in 1991 with the use of volunteers and funded partly by his own Social Security checks. The organization was not incorporated until 1997, and in 1998 received its first federal grant award. MOL’s mission is to provide comprehensive, multicultural HIV/AIDS care, education and prevention services that are effective and responsive to the Central Florida communities. Miracle of Love, Inc. services are designed to promote HIV/AIDS prevention and care services for people living with HIV/AIDS in order for them achieve positive medical outcomes by keeping them in care and treatment programs. With over 25 years of outstanding service, Miracle of Love, Inc. continues to serve as a resource for education, support, medical and non-medical case management, housing case management, community advocacy, confidential HIV/ STI screening, and linkage to care.
Compass Community Center aims to diminish stereotypes by challenging long-standing misconceptions about the character of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We accomplish this by emboldening our youth, promoting pride in our community, and acting as an educator, advocate, health service provider, and focal point for community organizing. As good neighbors, effective partners, and respected participants in our civic responsibilities, Compass promotes awareness of the caring nature of our diverse community. With nearly three decades in #HIV/AIDS direct services, Compass has on-site HIV case management services to connect newly-diagnosed people to care and continues its tradition as an expert in HIV prevention activities in partnership with the Florida State Department of Health.