History

The Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC) was founded in 1990 to assist in the needs of individuals who are homeless, disabled or facing life challenging illnesses, including, but not limited to HIV/AIDS in Bexar County and the surrounding area.

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, Bldg A, 3rd Floor, then 303 N. Frio 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 social services care, medical treatment or both. To this end 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.