The Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC) was founded in 1990 to assist in meeting the needs of individuals who are homeless, disabled or facing life challenging illnesses, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS in Bexar County and surrounding areas.
Today, AARC serves as one of the primary social service organizations in Bexar County and the surrounding area by providing and coordinating services to eligible individuals., We promote compassionate, non-judgmental care and support. In July, 2002, AARC relocated to 527 N. Leona (now 903 W. Martin) in downtown San Antonio, co-locating its social services on-site with the University Health System Downtown, alongside the Family Focused AIDS Clinical Treatment Services (FFACTS), the largest medical provider of HIV/AIDS services in South Texas.
Utilizing the Johns Hopkins model of HIV Care, an integrated approach to treatment has proven effective due to the complexity of the patient population which is especially vulnerable to drop out from either medical treatment, social services care or both. To remedy this, a “Single Point of Care” model was developed to maintain treatment engagement. The AARC wrap-around care model includes medical providers, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health counselors, housing specialists, and supportive services on-site. As a result of this model, AARC has doubled the number of persons served in the past five years, with over 1750 persons served in 2009 alone.
Since 1995, the majority of AARC clients have come from minority communities and the agency has led the way in South Texas by introducing the latest models of care in housing programs, client services and outreach to communities hit hardest by HIV. AARC has received an unprecedented five Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). In addition, AARC has received two grants from the Office of Minority Health in the past year, including one to provide technical assistance to minority organizations serving those living with HIV in South Texas.
WHO WE SERVED
AARC is funded by grants from public entities, foundations and also by donations from individuals and corporations. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.