AIDS Care Rochester

AIDS Care is the leading provider of HIV/AIDS medical care and supportive services in Rochester. For years Third Church has provided support for their coordinated, patient-centered care and their comprehensive, one-stop-shop approach with a wide array of services.

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About AIDS Care Rochester

AIDS Care is the leading provider of HIV/AIDS medical care and supportive services in Rochester and the Finger Lakes area. It offers a comprehensive, one-stop-shop approach with a wide array of services such as: primary and specialty HIV/AIDS medical care, an adult day health program, supportive services that range from counseling to housing assistance, community health education, testing, prevention services and more in a calm, comfortable, and welcoming environment. AIDS Care also maintains satellite locations in Bath, Geneva, and on Central Avenue in downtown Rochester.

Third Church volunteers solicit pledges and walk in the Annual AIDS Walk. They also serve snacks and water at rest stations for both the Annual AIDS Walk and the AIDS Red Ribbon Bike Ride.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Join the Third Church More Light Committee
  • Participate in the Annual Bike Ride or serve at the Water Station
  • Solicit Pledges and participate in the Annual AIDS Walk
  • Knit Rainbow Stoles to encourage inclusiveness.
  • Contact AIDS Care for agency volunteer opportunities (click tab above for contact info)
  • Contribute individually to the work of AIDS Care

History of support for those with AIDS

In January of 1993, AIDS Rochester began the Daily Bread Program, consisting of delivering meals to the homes of individuals living with HIV or AIDS. These individuals were often home bound, isolated and in need of nutritional support. The Daily Bread program provided these individuals with not only highly nutritious meals, but with much needed fellowship. Volunteers from Third Church, Incarnate Word Church and others shopped, prepared and delivered meals in the homes of those who needed this service.

With the advances in medicine, the need for home delivery decreased and the program changed. The Daily Bread Program moved to the Aids Rochester building on University Avenue where it served a congregate meal every Wednesday. Along with a good nutritious meal, the clients experienced social interaction, received useful information and had access to the Aids/Rochester Food Cupboard. Some delivery of meals was still made to clients who were too ill to come to Center.

In January 2010, AIDS Care was formed as a result of the merger of the Aids Community Health Center and Aids-Rochester. AIDS Care was created so that its parent organizations could most effectively use their combined resources to present additional HIV infection and provide the best services possible for those already infected.

At the suggestion of the Third Church More Light Committee, it was decided to direct Third Church Daily Bread financial support to AIDS Care. In addition, Third Church has hosted and supported Rochester’s annual World AIDS day prayer service since its inception.

AIDS Care Contact Information

If you are interested in supporting AIDS Care:

AIDS-Care
259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, N.Y.
585-545-7200
AIDS Care web site

Rob White: Chair, Third Church More Light Committee
RWHITEACCT@aol.com

Betty Iwan: Member, Third Church More Light Committee
585-442-3655
bettyiwan@frontiernet.net

Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106
lsparks@thirdpresbyterian.org