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Our mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS in an affirming environment and to reduce new infections in the communities we serve. Our vision is a community where people with HIV/AIDS achieve their desired potential and are respected as coworkers neighbors and friends, while striving for an HIV free generation.
The Damien Center provides a resource center and programs for individuals and families living affected by HIV/AIDS. The AIDS Community Center Program (est. 1990) provides drop in programs including access to care, counseling, support groups, holistic therapies, computer access, advocacy, and opportunities for social/recreational activities. The Treasure Chest Thrift Store (est. 1999) provides vocational training opportunities, and clothing, furniture, and household items for clients in need. Smart Meals (est. 2001) combines nutrition education with nutritious meals, grocery bags, and food vouchers to supermarkets. PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support) (est. 2003) provides task, financial, and informational assistance to pet owners living with HIV/AIDS to ensure that they are not separated from their animal companions . Foundations for Living (est. 2012) helps individuals gain employment, vocational training, and stable housing. Mpower Albany (est. 2014) located at ROCKS, 77 Central Ave, provides prevention services and a drop-in center for young men of color who have sex with men. Imagine a place where a hot meal is being prepared for you in the kitchen, a place where you feel a part of a family. Imagine a place where people greet you and warmly ask how you are doing. You meet people whom you can trust to help you to take better care of yourself, because you’ve realized that it’s never too late to be what you might have been. Welcome to the Damien Center, we’re so glad you’re here!