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Organization Spotlight – AIDSCare

by Sandra Davis

Clue #1: What Chicago based HIV/AIDS Organization provides housing, health and substance abuse programs for its clients?

Clue 2: Dining Out for Life, is one of the signature fundraising events for this organization? 

If you said AIDSCare, then you are correct.

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To bridge sickness to health, homelessness to permanent housing, and poverty to self-sufficiency for individuals and families overcoming life challenging conditions is the mission of AIDSCare Progressive Services. Jim Flosi created AIDSCare to combat both poverty and HIV/AIDS, in 1992. Seventeen years later, AIDSCare has provided housing, community and wellness services to more than 300 limited-income families, adults and homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Flosi continues to lead AIDSCare as its executive director.

In order to holistically fulfill its vision: To establish and maintain self-sustaining communities of individuals and families overcoming life challenging conditions such as AIDS, poverty, addiction, and homelessness; AIDSCare opened Garden View and Sawyer Gardens, two independent living facilities for individuals and families living HIV/AIDS. The Phoenix, a supportive living facility exclusively for formerly drug-addicted and disabled adults with HIV/AIDS, was later opened to further meet the needs of the community. 97% of AIDSCare residents are African American.

Here are some of the services AIDSCare provide its residents and clients:

Healthy Living Program

  • Basic HIV Education
  • Comprehension of Medications
  • HIV Medication and Mental Health Connection

Life Enhancement Program

  • Linking clients to educational opportunities
  • Counseling to improve and restore relationships
  • Instruction on how to improve communication to decrease conflicts
  • Self-esteem, Anger Management and Stress Management
  • Computer Literacy
  • Vocational Support

Sober Living Program

  • Substance-Use Education
  • Peer-to-Peer Services
  • Alcohol and drug-free social and recreational activities
  • Recovery Coaching or Mentoring

Tenant Relations Program

  • Paying rent on time
  • Being lease compliant
  • Communicating with property management
  • Remaining respectful to the property and its occupants
  • Knowing your responsibilities as tenants and community members

To volunteer or donate to AIDSCare please visit the website:

About Sandra
Sandra Davis is a marketing communications professional and health educator, who is concerned about the health and well-being of women of color. Ms. Davis dons her red pumps to support her fellow sisters in the struggle against ignorance and HIV/AIDS. To have your HIV/AIDS organization featured, please email Sandra at: [email protected]

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