Services to clients begin first through ASF’s case managers who assess the individual needs of each person and then develop a plan to assist them.
ASF provides a range of services such as help with rental payments, utilities and emergency housing with people affected or infected by HIV/AIDS.
Transportation to medical and social service appointments:
ASF makes transportation available through bus, taxi and agency owned vans for people needing to reach important health care appointments. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year 262 clients were provided this assistance.
Food Pantry and Nutritional Support Program:
Last year, ASF provided 410 people with over 4,840 food orders made available through a well-stocked food pantry, operated in large part by volunteers within the agency’s Irvine office.
Wilbur May Family and Children’s Program:
Because a positive HIV diagnosis can affect an entire family, ASF established the Wilbur May Family and Children’s Program, made possible through the generosity of Anita May Rosenstein and the Wilbur May Foundation. Services were given to 80 families in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
Mental Health Programs:
ASF makes available support groups and individual counseling for clients and their families. All services are provided free and made available by licensed therapists and psychologists.
Health Education and Prevention Program
HIV continues to spread at an alarming rate. In Orange County there is nearly one new infection a day. Latinos account for 51 percent of all new HIV cases in Orange County. There are many reasons for this; lack of relevant and effective education and prevention information, cultural sensitivities and language barriers.
ASF actively promotes its prevention and health education programs such as Positively Speaking and testing to help people understand how to avoid HIV disease. The best way to slow the spread of HIV is to know one’s HIV status. ASF provides free, confidential HIV testing at its Irvine office. Visit www.ocasf.org for testing hours.