HIV/AIDS Awareness
Capacity Building
Direct Services
Youth Programs
Young MSM Project
VSR Scholarship

Our History
Founded in June 1987, South Side Help Center (SSHC) is purposed 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. Some of the milestones over the past twenty-plus years include:
~ 1992-1993 Peer Educators' Award
~ 1996 Launched Church AIDS Initiative
~ 2000 Launched Violence Prevention Program
~ 2000 Officially Launched Capacity Building Services
~ 2000 Hosted "Illinois Women Preventing HIV conference"
~ 2003 Implemented Housing Advocacy Program
~ 2004 Launched CAN-TV Monthly Program
~ 2008 Lights On After-School Event

Our Focus
SSHC purpose and legacy is in serving the people of the community. We actualize our mission of "Providing people with positive and healthy alternatives" through many programs and services. Some of them include:
Community Outreach Programs
~ Substance Abuse Prevention
~ HIV Prevention Programs including HIV testing
~ Young Men Community Action Program
~ Coalition Development & Research program (Y.M.C.A)

Youth Programs
~ Male/Female Mentoring
~ Youth Self Enhancement Program (YSEP)
~ After School Program
~ Substance Abuse Prevention
~ School-based Violence Prevention Programs
~ Valerie Smith Reid Scholarship Fund

Capacity Building
~ Statewide Capacity Building Initiative
~ Building and Nurturing Communities of Color (BANCC)

Direct Services
~ Mental Health Counseling
~ Case Management

Our Goal
South Side Help Center will be perceived as a premier national and global provider of comprehensive community preventive social services to individuals and capacity building to organizations.

Our experience, intuitiveness and unique ability to engage our constituents affords us the opportunity to develop and implement some of the most innovative and impactful prevention and intervention programs including:

Outreach Mobile unit with FREE HIV Prevention materials, HIV testing and counseling in beauty shops, partnering with local businesses to provide condoms, and more. In-School & After-School Youth Programs Onsite mentoring programs at our Help Centre and school based violence prevention by experienced professionals

Job Development & Home Utility Support FREE Educational Workshops, counseling for women in homeless shelters, light/heat and weatherization intake site,

Capacity Building Assistance Services Training for program development, fiscal management, behavioral interventions and other services to organizations throughout the United States.

Community needs change. Funding streams change too. We thank our past and current supporters, and hope we can count on them and YOU to help us help the community. Please become a supporter TODAY.

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