Mission: We are dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with hiv/aids and preventing the spread of infection. Building on more than two decades of caring and experience in southwestern pennsylvania, we accomplish our mission by integrating the voice of consumers into all we do, serving as a primary resource for hiv/aids support, information and testing, collaborating with and educating other organizations, providers and the community, operating with the highest ethical standards, and maximizing limited resources, providing a safe and confidential environment, and working to eliminate the devastating impact of stigma.
Programs: Client services aims to improve the quality of life and independence of persons living with hiv/aids through the legal advocacy, emergency assistance, food pantry and transportation programs.
prevention/outreach services aims to reduce the number of hiv infections among individuals at the highest risk of infection by teaching culturally sensitive risk reduction skills.
housing assistance provides services to hiv/aids individuals faced with homelessness including food, money management, and referrals to counseling programs.
I began volunteering for PATF about a year ago. It was at the time that Darryl Phillips was exiting and Cydney was assuming his vacated position. I began working in the food pantry on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoon. I found that with the number of people that were court ordered to do community service and had chosen PATF's Food Pantry inwhich to fullfill those hours, I was not needed in that venue. It was suggested by Darryl that I should be manning the reception desk. I now volunteer at the reception desk on Monday afternoon from 12:00 till 3:00 pm and Wednesday morning from 9:00 till 12:00 pm.The staff at PATF ,from day one, welcomed me as one of their own. I am appreciated for all that I do for PATF. It has been and will continue to be an excellent experience.