The Department of Services improves the quality of life for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS regardless of socioeconomic status for the overall improvement of society. This is done through a comprehensive package of services including case management, support groups, housing, emergency financial assistance, rental subsidies, food pantry, home delivered meals, dietary counseling, transportation, substance abuse services, referrals, service coordination and community social events.
The Department of Education provides comprehensive sexual health education, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention, through skills building, risk reduction management, and by addressing community norms. A team of trained and culturally competent educators, peer educators, and volunteers conduct their client-centered educational services for individuals of unknown, at-risk or positive status at community venues, including schools and faith-based organizations. The education department fosters an affirming, supportive and non-judgmental approach and values diversity and empowerment of its clients.
Capacity Building Initiative
The Capacity Building Initiative promotes structural change for long-term HIV prevention capacity maintenance among Cleveland-area health and human services agencies, including schools, alcohol and drug treatment and prevention providers, community mental health providers, and correctional systems.
Throughout the year, the Capacity Building Initiative works with a wide array of health and human service agencies throughout Greater Cleveland to provide capacity-building workshops covering HIV pathogenesis, HIV antibody testing, treatment, legal issues, and HIV prevention.
This year, the Initiative will hold three 3-day Comprehensive workshops and four 1-day Enhancing Practice workshops for health and human service professionals throughout Greater Cleveland. The goal of this program is to increase the general HIV knowledge of professionals working with high-risk populations, such as men who have sex with men, injection drug users, high risk heterosexual women of color, and youth.
Camp Sunrise is a charitable, nonprofit organization [501(c)(3)], founded in December of 1994, which delivers programs in the community to help meet the need for HIV/AIDS services targeting children. It is Ohio’s first and only free week-long summer camp catering specifically to the needs of children who are affected by HIV or AIDS. This unique program provides a therapeutic community where campers have the opportunity to experience relief from the overwhelming emotions associated with the disease.