THE IMPACT OF HIV/AIDS ON OUR COMMUNITY
Dallas County has the highest rate of new HIV infection in Texas.
Between 2005 and 2015, there was a 56% increase in the number of people living with HIV in Dallas County.
Approximately 5-10% of homeless people are HIV positive.
Low-income people living with HIV in Dallas tend to reside in temporary living situations, which do not provide the support necessary to manage the disease and to minimize transmissions.
AIDS SERVICES OF DALLAS
AIDS Services of Dallas (ASD) is an organization that provides residents living with HIV/AIDS the dignity of a home while helping to reduce the spread of the disease in Dallas County. As of December 31, 2018, ASD has served 2,148 men, women, and children and has provided 1,460,519 nights of housing.
The organization’s mission is to create and strengthen healthy communities by providing quality, affordable, service-enriched housing for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Operating on the core values of respect, justice, and mercy, ASD provides a range of services to remove barriers to care for residents and to empower them to cope with the lifelong impact of the disease on their physical, mental, emotional, and financial health. Their core programs and services include housing, case management, medical case management, transportation services, and food services.
ASD provides a furnished apartment in one of their special care facilities located in North Oak Cliff: Ewing Center, Revlon Apartments, Hillcrest House, and Spencer Gardens. Each housing complex has a private residence for each individual or family household. Their housing facilities provide home health care through their Personal Care Aide staff (PCAs), who support residents through emotional care and general housekeeping services.
Case management services are provided by a professional staff of onsite case managers and experienced registered nurses who conduct in-depth individual resident assessments, develop care plans, administer medicine and clinical care, and coordinate both onsite and off-site resident services. Their case managers are able to meet the changing needs of the residents on a daily basis.
ASD provides up to three meals per day for all their residents, five days per week, including Supper Clubs sponsored by local volunteers. Their food services program assures proper nutrition and a healthy diet for a population with special needs.
Aside from meeting their nutritional needs, ASD also offers common areas for each facility for the purpose of community, recreational, and dining activities such as the Supper Clubs. The organization also provides a kids’ summer program that helps build self-esteem, social skills, and provides hands-on learning experiences for their youth.
Chase Oaks is excited about coming around the most vulnerable in our community: the sick and the economically disadvantaged. We can transform our community by supporting services that help improve the emotional and physical health of those struggling with a deadly disease that so often carries a social stigma. Living with AIDS begins with a place to live, and that place begins at AIDS Services of Dallas.
Supper Clubs coming soon! If you would like to help launch Chase Oaks sponsored Supper Clubs for AIDS Services of Dallas, please email and let us know. Other opportunities to serve will also be made available soon. Stay tuned!