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The mission of Strongest Link AIDS Services, Inc. is to meet the needs of individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Essex County by providing compassionate support services. Strongest Link promotes the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of its clients by providing professional case management, wellness programs, and other opportunities and events to evoke healthy lifestyles for our clients and their families. We are committed to strengthening the service delivery system by forging collaborative partnerships with other service providers. Our prevention/education efforts seek to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS among youth, our clients and our community, emphasizing the human face of the disease.
The goal of case management is to help clients maintain independence and control over their lives and the decisions that affect them. This is achieved by linking them to needed services. Coordination of services and continuity of care are entrusted to a case manager who completes an in-depth assessment of each client's unique situation. This includes medical, social, psychological, and survival needs as well as a review of medical, personal, financial, family, and community resources. Those who are considered the client's families are actively involved in the process and their needs for support and information are addressed as well. Strongest Link provides educational programs to assist people in learning ways of protecting themselves from the spread of HIV. Our prevention programs focus on providing updated information regarding HIV, modes of transmission, and learning how to reduce high-risk behaviors. Professionally trained staff and volunteers are available to provide these groups in a variety of settings. In addition, people living with AIDS are available to educate the community about the challenges of living with the disease. Holiday Gift Program Provides gifts to children whose families are affected by HIV/AIDS. Holiday Party The volunteers and staff host an annual holiday party for the clients, their families and friends. A festive buffet is prepared and served by volunteers. Most of the menu is donated by local businesses.
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