December 12, 2010

What a difference 20 years makes.

Since our launch in 1990, ASC has grown into a multi-service, multi-lingual, multi-million dollar organization.  With more than 90 staff and four community centers throughout Manhattan, we provide HIV testing, treatment and care to more than 3,600 people affected by HIV/AIDS.  We reach another 14,000 people through peer education and community-outreach initiatives.

Just as important, ASC has become a social-change agency.  People first encounter ASC as clients.  Once they stabilize their health and lives, they join our Peer Program, bringing information and resources to communities in need.  Many Peers leave welfare and rejoin the work force, either at ASC or other organizations. These men and women courageously turn their lives around.  It’s a joy to know that ASC’s safe, supportive environment plays a role in that process.

The picture was very different two decades ago.  ASC began with three staff  in donated office space from the Design Industry Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA).  With the help of one $170,000 grant from the NY State AIDS Institute, we were able to offer service coordination and technical support for people affected by the HIV/AIDS health crisis. 

Within a year, we doubled ASC’s budget, staff, and services.  Seven of us crammed into a tiny space, sitting in a circle, sharing three phones. Whenever I’d say “step into my office,” we’d go into the stairwell, because that was the only private place.

During the past year our focus has expanded to building effective partnerships with medical facilities.   Our aim is to connect those living with HIV/AIDS in quality medical care – and help them maintain that care.  Despite the economic downturn, ASC is proud to be expanding our programs, service sites, and jobs to meet an ever-growing need.  

Looking back at ASC’s two decades of service, I am humbled by our modest beginnings and proud of our extraordinary accomplishments. Our 20thyear anniversary celebrations will begin with a “Poetry Slam” @ NYU in January and culminate with a gala anniversary event to be held next fall. 

It’s been an honor and privilege to be part of this remarkable organization’s evolution and positive impact. I look around ASC and see so many people who have turned their lives around, giving so much back to the community. They are my heroes, and my inspiration for doing this work.

- Sharen I. Duke, Executive Director/CEO

December 12, 2010

ASC has given our website a facelift by giving our organization a face.   Only the address remains the same:  Now you can meet our clients and see their stories come to life through breathtaking, heartwarming pictures in our website’s photo gallery.  We’ve created direct feeds to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.  Let us know what you think of our new, user-friendly, easier to navigate, up-to-date website.  Our sincere thanks to Brooke Brailey, David Nager, Jesse Lansner and Kim Atkins for their work in making the new website happen.  


December 12, 2010

It’s never too late to make the holidays special for the men, women and families we serve.  Contribute to ASC’s Annual Holiday Gift Drive.  Clients have been so grateful for gifts including new cosmetics, toiletries, warm clothing, books, games, videos, and other fun and useful items. All donated gifts will be distributed at our annual December client holiday gathering. 

Put a smile on the face of an ASC client.  Donating is easy.  Contact Brooke Brailey at (212) 645-0875 x 303, or email (All donations are tax deductible.).

December 12, 2010

Hosted by Nick Flynn and Gerry Gomez Pearlberg

Thursday, January 6, 2011, 6 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House at NYU

58 West 10th Street, Manhattan

Our nationally recognized Creative Writing Workshop marks a milestone this year.  Join acclaimed poets Nick Flynn and Gerry Gomez Pearlberg for ASC’s electrifying 10-Year Poetry Slam. You’ll hear from clients who’ve discovered their voices as poets thanks to this groundbreaking creative program.  

Award-winning actress Lili Taylor will join other surprise guest readers.  Don’t miss one of the literary events of the year!  

For more information, contact Brooke Brailey, Special Projects Manager,

December 12, 2010

Front Runners Wellness Room Naming

Friday, February 4, 2011 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

ASC/Union Square, 41 East 11thStreet, Manhattan

ASC will dedicate the Front Runners NY Wellness Center in our Union Square facility, providing people living with HIV/AIDS a special venue for training sessions and wellness programs.  It’s named for Front Runners New York, a remarkable group of lesbians, gay men and gay-friendly athletes with a strong commitment to helping people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. “Front Runners’ commitment to fitness and wellness is a perfect match for ASC’s holistic services that help people living with HIV/AIDS to stay strong, balanced and healthy,” says Sharen Duke, ASC CEO.  Join us for this inspiring ceremony.

FRNY has partnered with ASCNYC on health initiatives like the Front Runners New York Annual Gift Basket Extravaganza, which collected and wrapped warm-weather clothes and gift cards for people living with HIV/AIDS.  FRNY is also creating a beginners’ running clinic at ASC in the New Year. “Front Runners New York feels blessed this holiday season to give back to those in need,” says FRNY president Rob Lennon.  “Our partnership with AIDS Service Center furthers our mission of building a healthier life through running to LGBT and LGBT-supportive people.” 

December 12, 2010

One Hour Swim

Sunday, January 30, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

John Jay College, 899 10thAvenue, Manhattan

ASC is proud to be one of this year’s beneficiaries of Team New York Aquatics’ 21stannual “One Hour Swim”, January 30that John Jay College.  

The One Hour Swim works like a wetter, more athletic AIDS Walk.  Swim team members gather pledges from friends and families and then jump in a pool and swim for one hour…without stopping!  Throughout the event, ASC staff and volunteers will be poolside, cheering the swimmers on and providing them with sports drinks, protein bars, healthy snacks, and at the end of the hour, ASC masseuses provide rejuvenating body massages for the swimmers. 

As always, we send profound appreciation and admiration to Team NY Aquatics and One Hour Swim organizers, swimmers, and donors.

December 1, 2010

You can help us make this year's annual holiday events a success.

Each year, ASC hosts Thanksgiving and December holiday gatherings for clients, bringing warmth and friendship to people who can find the holidays a lonely time.

Your donation to ASC's annual holiday gift drive will guarantee a brighter celebration for the men, women, and families we serve.

Here are five easy ways to bring out your inner Santa:

  1. Food Pantry Items. Donate a turkey and all the trimmings for families in need (stuffing, pies, and sides such as canned beans and corn).
  2. Get Carded. Donate a gift card to a retail shop where an ASC client can buy clothing and other necessities. (Suggestions: Old Navy, the Gap, K-Mart, Macy's, etc.)
  3. Warm Clothes. Donate winter clothing such as hats, gloves, and scarves for adults.
  4. Kid Around. Donate books, games, videos, CDs, DVDs, or toys for children up to 15 years of age.
  5. Use Your Imagination. ASC clients will also appreciate donations of new cosmetics, toiletries, warm clothing, and other fun and useful items.

Support ASC today and join us in our mission of "helping many, one by one" throughout the holidays, and every day. To learn more, contact Brooke Brailey at (212) 645-0875 x 303, or email  (All donations are tax deductible).

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