AIDS Resource constantly goes above and beyond. In an ever changing society, they have found creative ways to meet their clients needs, even during a global pandemic. Their staff is caring and thoughtful and can always be counted on to help anyone in need.
For almost 20 years, AIDS Resource
has been my backbone. Everyone on
staff is doing what they need to do to
help us clients plus more. During the
COVID-19 crisis, I haven’t had to ask
for anything. They provide everything
we could need like food and masks.
Their compassion goes a long way, I
could cry they’ve been so supportive.
All of you at AIDS Resource offer hope, warmth, and friendship that is not only life-affirming but also life-saving.
Services the agency offers are second to none. They genuinely care about what they are doing and it shows in their work. The entire team. In an industry which unfortunately is still stigmatized, their efforts are noteworthy.
They are open and here for us when no one else is right now, and I can’t tell you how much that means to people like me.. You know that quote about “looking for the helpers of the world” in dark times? They are the helpers.
I would have been on the street without the rental assistance I received when I was struggling financially. I hold this organization very close to my heart.
When I find myself stifled by the fear and hatred with which most people in this area face HIV, I am able to turn to AR for a few moments of acceptance and kindness. I do not feel stigmatized when I am there, and I am never made to feel needy or like a failure.
As our medical bills climbed along with the cost of insurance, AIDS Resource helped us maintain coverage until we could regain our financial foothold. They helped with our winter energy costs so that we could stay warm. And when it seemed that we might lose our home, the only safe haven in what we discovered could be a pretty hostile place, they helped us keep from losing even that. It seems there is nothing they have not been willing to do to help keep us afloat.
But the help they offered went far beyond financial assistance. Their staff have helped with our emotional and spiritual needs as well. When things sometimes grew to be too much, they listened. When it seemed as though each passing month and year brought more bad news, more challenges that at the time seemed insurmountable, they shared their belief that there is a reason for all of this and there are some things and people worth holding onto. At times, they let us hold onto them, and when we needed it most, they held onto us.
Everyone is dealing with COVID in their own way. I love my family, but the consistent support that I have always enjoyed has faded, and rightly so because they are dealing with this mess too. Many friends have also faded away, and again rightly so because they are just trying to survive as well.
There really has been only one constant: AR. Without meaning to, I think I was taking them for granted and wasn't truly grasping and appreciating who they are and what they do.
What they are doing -during a time when so many people are thrown off and maybe even becoming dysfunctional -is saving lives. They are saving my life. It's that simple and crystal clear to me.
Aids Resource Alliance Inc.(Williamsport, Pa made the transition of my diagnosis into everyday life bearable in most efficient way possible. This organization is more of a family than anything, they cover every basis possible with one very important responsibility YOU ! Their clients come first whether it be emotional, mental or physical well being. They are more than just a structural support for their clients, they’re a way of life. Amy , Theresa, Kirsten and everyone involved in this agency made a huge heartfelt impact on my life. Amazing is all I can say.
AIDS Resource started serving a small area of PA in the early 1980’s, and has grown to cover 6 counties in north central PA. As a member of the community I have seen AIDS Resource grow to help hundereds of people. It’s an agency that truly cares about the people it serves and the community as a whole. It’s an amazing resource to have in our area.
This non-profit organization formed in the late 1980's in response to local needs for people living with HIV and/or AIDS and their families. At that time, there were few to none services in this largely rural region. The organization formed volunteer buddy programs, support programs, community trainings and fund-raisers. It eventually evolved into a funded agency that has become a major beacon of hope for this community. I have served as a volunteer in fund-raising, community prevention and on the board for many years. I have found the staff respectful, friendly, approachable, highly informed, and one of the few agencies/groups in our region that actively serves and provides outreach to the LGBTQ community. Because this is area consists of small towns and villages, the grapevine can be very prolific and drive many "closeted" individuals further into hiding. The marginalized LGBTQ community fears family rejection, harassment, job firings, and housing discrimination. AIDS Resource has assisted, provided consultation, meeting space and people power for area LGBTQ individuals and groups. Last year, AIDS Resource provided consultation for a small group of community activists who decided to form a local chapter of ACTUP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). Although the ACTUP volunteers were not associated with AIDS Resource they were helpful and provided numerous educational and informational resources. I have several close friends living with HIV or AIDS in this area. AIDS Resource provides different types of services for these friends including rental assistance, utility payments, case management, and in one case substance abuse counseling. I also have another friend who recently attend their free PrEP Clinic and received free medication to remain HIV negative. I would highly recommend any person living with HIV or AIDS or their family members or friends to utilize AIDS Resource. I have always known them to be incredibly sensitive to the confidentiality needs associated with living in a small town. Also, AIDS Resource dealt with a potential "hostile" takeover and closing by an AIDS Coalition and AIDS agency based west of here. They represented Williamsport and our region heroically and helped all of us explain our stories to legislators, PA Dept. of Health officials and the media. They continue to deal with Coalition representatives who are hostile and apparently even attempt to undermine our local AIDS organization. But, AIDS Resource staff and volunteers continue to help us maintain unity and cohesiveness. This is a difficult task but AIDS Resource is up to it. They deserve a 5-star rating for their direct services.
In 2006, through routine,periodic testing, I found out that I was HIV-positive. Because of my knowledge of their services and caring touch from helping a late friend, I went to them for help. I'm not exaggerating at all when I say that doing that was the best move I ever made.
For eleven years now, they've helped me navigate through the hurdles and the red tape that are inherent in HIV-related support services, healthcare, housing, extra nutritional support, and any issue that I came across.
I've had the same case manager this entire time. She has been there with me through it all, during good times and bad times. I don't know what I would've done without her. Sometimes all it takes is an understanding ear, and I'm sure I've talked her ear almost completely off on more than one occasion.
Over the years, I've gotten to know all of the staff at AIDS Resource. They are some of the most caring, genuine, kind, generous, compassionate, and all-around amazing people I've ever met in my life. I'm so happy that I've had the opportunity to meet such good people.
They have definitely shown me that there are still people in this world who are willing to roll up their sleeves and lace up their running shoes and actually make a real, tangible, positive difference in the lives of others.
Their staff continually improves upon their services. They routinely add new and innovative services. They've kept up with the times regarding new prevention tools as well. For just shy of thirty years, they've served their communities with open hearts and open arms. Their non-judgmental approach to matters is key to making everything work.
I feel honored that they're in my life, and I'm so proud to know them.