Weekly Feature

2006-04-12 / Business

Show House proceeds going to AIDS Community Services

The Junior League of Buffalo has announced that the recipient of their $288,500 grant from the proceeds of the 2005 Decorators Show House is AIDS Community Services.

A Request for Proposals from qualified not-for-profits was initiated in the Fall of 2005. Many agencies' proposals were considered. The final presentations and vote took place at the Theatre of Youth, and the proposal advanced from AIDS Community Services was accepted.

AIDS Community Services of WNY, Inc. (ACS) requested funds from the Junior League of Buffalo / Buffalo News Show House Proceeds to be applied to the "Building on our Promise: Help for Today ... Hope for Tomorrow Campaign."

These funds will support construction of the Evergreen Center: a prevention, care and research facility serving individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS throughout Western New York.

Specifically, this grant will fund the construction of the new, expanded HIV-specific medical practice serving men and women living with HIV/AIDS. These monies will be used to construct seven exam rooms, a 100 percent increase which translates to 43 percent more patients receiving care within the next two years.

AIDS Community Services is a nonprofit, community-based organization committed to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic and minimizing its effects in the eight counties of the region. Founded in 1983, AIDS Community Services is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of HIV/AIDS care in the nation and was the first in New York State to open an HIV-specific medical practice onsite.

AIDS Community Services provides medical, supportive, andprevention services in a comprehensive model that encourages consumers to take responsibility for their health and quality of life.

Recently, AIDS Community Services initiated a year-long strategic planning process, and the results indicated the need to expand service capacity to ensure adequate access for all individuals/ families requiring ACS's free continuum of care, and enhance and build new collaborative relationships that will broaden ACS's base in prevention, care and research. Construction of the Evergreen Center is the foundation upon which ACS will implement this strategic expansion.

The project includes the purchase of the historic Roanoke Arms, 206 South Elmwood Ave., corner of Chippewa, which was built as a hotel for the Pan American Exposition, as well as the rehabilitation of current ACS service space and a new 24,000 square foot addition that will accommodate the growth of core programming.

The Junior League of Buffalo is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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