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Message From The Executive Director

Vanessa Smith

For more than 30 years, South Side Help Center  (SSHC) has provided critical services to help negate both violence prevention and the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community. Initially founded in 1987, our 501 c (3) non-profit organization focused on educating the African-American religious community so it could become more sensitive to the needs of people impacted by HIV/AIDS. Since that time,  SSHC’s services have evolved to include HIV/AIDS outreach and direct care services and a comprehensive range of youth-centered and capacity building programs to enable other non-profit organizations to better serve our communities.

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.


Vanessa Smith
Executive Director

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