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May 3, 2010

Women's support group in East Harlem.

The Keith Haring Foundation is helping ASC to transform our East Harlem offices through a renovation and naming grant that will boldly present Haring's iconic artwork while sustaining a safe space for Harlem residents to find respect, connection, and care.

The New York City Council is backing the initiative as well. Under the leadership of Councilmember Melissa Mark Viverito, the Council will help outfit ASC's Keith Haring Harlem Center with high-tech equipment and ergonomic furniture. This comfortable, welcoming environment will let us provide peer education, HIV testing, and support groups in a warm setting that feels like ‘home.'

About our Harlem services: ASC serves more than 2,600 New Yorkers affected by AIDS each year, and over half of them reside in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. ASC's Harlem Community Center on East 104th Street provides HIV testing, peer education and access to care services close to where clients live. Connecting people to medical care, helping them find housing, and educating about health-risk prevention, are all part of our work.

With that in mind, we've also mobilized support from partners to expand HIV testing and access to care throughout Harlem.

Mount Sinai's Jack Martin Clinic is expanding its Harlem community-based services through partnership with the ASC Keith Haring Harlem Center. Together, we will ensure full access to our range of services; we'll escort patients to medical appointments, help them with medication and treatment adherence, facilitate support groups, and advocate with public benefits systems.

This comprehensive care coordination model keeps low income HIV-positive men and women in quality HIV care – and improves health.

How you can build for the future with us in Harlem

Renovation of the ASC Keith Haring Harlem Center will begin this fall. The Keith Haring Foundation will co-host our ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2010. Become a part of our tapestry of support – and make the ASC Keith Haring Harlem Center vision a reality. Naming opportunities include private counseling rooms, cooking facilities, group meeting spaces, and a garden. A website of the renovation with before and after photos will launch soon! For more information, contact Anne West-Church, Director of Development and Communications, (212) 645-0875 ext. 373 / anne@ascnyc.org.

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