Mission: To prevent hiv infections, support and empower people living with or affected by hiv and eliminate hiv-related stigma and health disparities.
Programs: Housing and support - offers one-on-one support in finding and maintaining housing; coordinates case management intake; offers educational programs to help people living with hiv thrive at home and at work; builds community among the hiv positive; and strengthens families. 812 households received supportive housing services and 2,413 hiv-positive people received some form of support services in fy2014. Assistance with housing includes both long-term and short-term or emergency housing assistance and help moving and finding furnishings. Support services include a program to help clients find meaningful employment; workshops in budgeting and being a good tenant;intensive one-on-one care for out-of-care or newly diagnosed clients;and guidance in guardianship planning for parents, hiv disclosure, and hiv education for children. Peer mentor programs help people experiencing mental illness and/or substance abuse find and stay in medical care and housing, and culturally specific navigation programs serve african american and latino clients seeking housing and support services. Programs include camp kc, a week-long residential camp for hiv-infected and -affected children.
prevention and education - provides a variety of hiv testing services and programs to raise awareness of hiv, educate about its prevention, and reduce stigma. 3,910 hiv counseling and testing sessions were completed in fy2014. Pivot, a center for promoting health and wellness among men who have sex with men, provides hiv prevention information and supplies, testing, health and wellness discussions, and social activities. The oregon aids/std hotline provides confidential, scientifically accurate information about hiv and stds to people throughout the state. Multicultural programs serve high-risk latino and african american communities with hiv testing and education through community health workers and innovative social networking programs. Youth hiv education programs bring sexuality education experts to schools and foster peer education.
advocacy and public policy - advocates for effective hiv public policy at all levels of government. The organization engages in efforts to advance progressive hiv/aids policy and legislation.
Our daughter - in her 20's, before going back to school for a nursing degree - had a half-time internship with Cascade AIDS Project from late 2009 through 2010, and we were so impressed with what we learned of CAP's services. She worked in the program supporting kids and families affected by AIDS and HIV. The support to families is educational as well as emotional and psychological. The team also trained other professionals to help them learn how to reach out and support the affected families and children of those who are HIV-positive. Of course, they also worked with children who are HIV-positive. Our daughter loved the experience of the once-a-month large family events - in part, the adults attended an educational session while the children separately did fun activities together. She also served as a counselor at Camp Starlight, CAP's residential 1-week summer camp at the Oregon Coast for children with HIV. She had a tremendously positive experience at camp with amazing children and wonderful co-counselors. It's nice to see our thinking that CAP is a very effective and efficient community resource confirmed by its ratings at Network for Good.