Our one-stop-shop approach allows patients to access programs and services all under one roof, from medical care and counseling to housing support and our food pantry.
Our programs and services help reduce the HIV viral load (the amount of HIV in the body) and increase CD4 levels (the amount of healthy, immune-boosting cells in the body) in our patients' bodies, improving both their health and the larger community. For people living with HIV, working toward holistic wellness requires a comprehensive approach. Our services help patients lower their viral loads while also emphasizing the benefits of consistent housing, strong nutrition, stable mental health, individualized support, and overall wellness.
The Damien Center is dedicated to addressing each patient’s full range of needs. When patients are stable in all areas of their lives, they're better able to maintain the medical treatment that leads to undetectable viral loads. With this goal in mind, our approach provides convenient access to a wide range of programs and services, all tailored to meet each patient's unique needs.
Meeting basic nutritional needs is critical for those living with HIV, and may already face challenging circumstances. Proper nutrition is a key component in helping our patients achieve their desired health outcomes.
We believe that housing is healthcare. Housing and Emergency Financial Assistance allow our patients to access safe, affordable housing and supportive services that promote stability and enhance quality of life.
Our Care Coordinators provide specialty case management for people affected by or infected with HIV. A Care Coordinator will help you access medical care, housing support, and other services and programs we offer.
Legal services allow our patients to address needs ranging from preparing documents to accessing eligible benefits.
The Damien Center hosts several social events for our clients throughout the year, from our annual summer picnic and holiday party, to kid-focused fun and family activities.
Stable, long-term employment helps our patients achieve self-sustainability. Our career development services provide the skills and tools needed to successfully locate and obtain stable, permanent employment.