AIDS Walk 2017Funds raised during annual AIDS Walk San Francisco event to benefit PRC and other local HIV/AIDS service providers.

SAN FRANCISCO (March 16, 2017)Positive Resource Center (PRC), a San Francisco-based nonprofit whose mission is to assist people living with HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities, and the AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation (AWSFF) today announced PRC as a lead beneficiary of AIDS Walk San Francisco. AWSFF, the governing body of AIDS Walk San Francisco, will distribute up to $80,000 to PRC, which will be raised by AIDS Walk participants. In addition, AIDS Walk participants will raise funds to benefit other vital HIV/AIDS service providers throughout the Bay Area.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized as one of this year’s AIDS Walk San Francisco lead beneficiaries,” said Brett Andrews, PRC’s chief executive officer. “From healthcare access and stable housing to employment opportunities and various emergency funding needs, these vital funds are key to our ability to continue providing services for HIV/AIDS clients across San Francisco.”

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome longtime AIDS Walk partner, Positive Resource Center, as a lead beneficiary of this year’s event,” said AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation Board Chair, Serafina Palandech. “In today’s political climate, the demand for powerful advocates for those who are most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS is especially great. We are proud that AIDS Walk San Francisco will help strengthen those efforts in 2017.”

For nearly 30 years, PRC has been providing crucial services to people living with HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities in San Francisco. Since PRC’s inception, it has helped clients have access to life-saving disability income and gainful employment, ultimately providing them with a baseline of financial and healthcare security. In 2016, PRC announced a merger with AIDS Emergency Fund, an emergency financial assistance provider for low-income residents affected by HIV/AIDS and Baker Places Inc., which provides a comprehensive array of residential treatment services to people with mental health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS-related issues.

For more information on PRC services, please call (415) 777-0333 or visit www.positiveresource.org. For more information about participating or contributing to AIDS Walk San Francisco, please call (415) 615.9255 (WALK) or visit sf.aidswalk.net.

MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: To request an interview with a PRC representative, please contact Gus Nodal at (415) 561-0888 or via email at prc@landispr.com

ABOUT POSITIVE RESOURCE CENTER
Positive Resource Center, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, assists people living with HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities by providing comprehensive benefits including counseling and employment services. In 2016, Positive Resource Center merged with Baker Places, Inc. which provides a comprehensive array of residential treatment services to people with mental health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS-related issues. PRC also merged with AIDS Emergency Fund, an emergency financial assistance provider for low-income residents disabled by HIV/AIDS. Combined, the three organizations operate as Positive Resource Center, represent a combined 115-year history of service and serve approximately 5,000 clients. For more information, please visit www.positiveresource.org.

ABOUT THE AIDS WALK SAN FRANCISCO FOUNDATION
The AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation is the governing body of AIDS Walk San Francisco. It is composed of a Board of Directors intimately familiar with the Walk and the communities it serves. The Board oversees the event’s production and finances as well as determines how the event’s net proceeds are distributed. The Board determines beneficiaries of each year’s AIDS Walk well in advance of the event to ensure an informed community of participants and donors. For more information, please visit sf.aidswalk.net.

The Ayes Have It. As of August 16, AIDS Emergency Fund’s (AEF) merger with Positive Resource Center (PRC) is official.

We’re thrilled to be part of this newly combined organization, which also includes Baker Places, Inc., with which PRC has also merged.

So how much is going to change, and when? As with any merger, it’s complicated. Some things have already changed, but much of AEF—like its program and service delivery—will remain the same. Lee Harrington and McLean Smithson continue to lead the program department. Clients won’t see any noticeable changes, and our location won’t change for at least two years as we’ve successfully renegotiated our lease. Also on the office side of things, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund is now subleasing the office space formerly occupied by Folsom Street Events, so if you visit the office you’ll notice that things are configured a bit differently.

We’re excited to welcome two members of PRC’s team to the AEF
office. Chief Operating Officer Joe Tuohy and Development Associate
Sean Greene have moved to AEF and are working closely with AEF’s
Cal Callahan and Britt Hayes on fundraising efforts. Joe will also have operational and management oversight at the 12 Grace Street location. Please join us in welcoming Joe and Sean.

If you want to reach any staff member, dial the main line (415) 558-6999
as usual, and then dial the following extensions:

Development/Operations

Joe Tuohy, 221  
Cal Callahan, 245 
Sean Greene, 230 
Britt Hayes, 233

Programs

Lee Harrington, 228
McLean Smithson, 226

Thumbs UpAs always, feel free to reach out to any AEF staff person with any questions or concerns. If you have questions specifically about the merger, please contact Joe Tuohy at the number above or via email.

Thank you again for your support and encouragement as we navigate our merger with Positive Resource Center.