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Message From The Executive Director
For 30 years, South Side Help Center has provided critical services to help negate the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS in Chicago’s communities of color. Initially founded in 1987 with the goal of educating the African-American religious community so it could be sensitive to the needs of people impacted by HIV/AIDS, SSHC’s services have evolved to include HIV/AIDS outreach and direct care services and a comprehensive range of Youth and capacity building programs. From violence prevention to restorative justice and self-esteem building programs, our youth services are created to expressly aide children in our community between 5-18 years of age to become the best that they can be. We provide services both at our center as well as at schools. Ultimately, the purpose of SSHC’s programs is to help people of all ages embrace a lifestyle of prevention against mental, physical and social ills by providing positive, healthy alternatives so that community residents can lead productive lives. Serving people and strengthening communities is our mission. In March, 2015, SSHC became an affiliate of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest global AIDS organization, currently providing medical care and/or services to over 700,000 individuals in 38 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. This affiliation further strengthens SSHC’s ability to fulfill its mission.

We encourage you to contact us to engage in the programs and services we offer and to make donations of any amount so we can further strengthen and offer resources to those most at-risk in our communities.

Sincerely,

Vanessa Smith
Executive Director


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