Seated (l-r): Nancy Simboli (AIDS Institute), Sal Catalano (ASC), Sharen Duke (ASC), Dr. Guthrie Birkhead (AI), and Barbara Devore (AI). Standing (l-r): ASC staff members Sara Gillen, Michael Clarke, Cecilia Gloss-Peña (ASC Peer), Janet Weinberg, Ramona Cummings, David Lopez, and Nionne James.
In September, Dr. Guthrie Birkhead, Director of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute visited ASC's new home at 41 East 11th Street in Manhattan.
Joined by Barbara Devore (Deputy Director), and Nancy Simboli (Contract Manager), Dr. Birkhead received a personalized tour of ASC and met with staff and Peer Educators to discuss the agency's successes, challenges, and future plans. Remarking that he was "very impressed" with the new facilities, Dr. Birkhead made a point of reaffirming ASC's key role in New York State's vision for HIV/AIDS community programming.
"In this time of cutbacks and fiscal uncertainty, AIDS programs are continually being asked to do more with less," says ASC's Executive Director/CEO Sharen Duke. "It's good to know we have a friend in the AIDS Institute, which has continually proven its steadfast commitment to New Yorkers affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS."
AIDS Service Center got its start in 1990 thanks to a base grant from the AIDS Institute. With the Institute's continued support—along with funding from ten other government grants and the generous support of thousands of community members—ASC has expanded our services to include peer training, HIV testing, and a wide array of support groups. The tour of our facilities offered an opportunity to showcase these achievements.