NJ AIDS Services

Headquartered in Morristown, the mission of NJ AIDS Services (NJAS) is to respond compassionately and responsibly to the HIV/AIDS crisis by providing supportive services, housing opportunities, prevention strategies and community education in New Jersey.

It is our vision to help create a community where the social issues related to HIV/AIDS are abundantly met.

NJAS offers a multitude of programs to meet the needs of our housing residents, people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and the community.

The Residential Programs offer a safe dignified place for people to live while they strive to overcome hardships in their lives that led them to homelessness. We believe that stable housing is the key to receiving and maintaining adequate health care.

The Education and Prevention Programs of New Jersey AIDS Services aim to educate the community at large about the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis in America and to provide up to date information on prevention strategies, community impact and involvement, and treatment options.

New Jersey AIDS Services Community Based Services consist of a host of supportive services designed to address the complex issues people living with HIV/AIDS and their families face: The Aftercare Program, Community Case Management, Community Based Mental Health Services ,Community Based Substance Abuse Counseling , Transportation Services, Food Pantry Assistance and Laundry Assistance.

Numerous volunteers further our mission by donating their time, talent and efforts to our programs and operations. We understand that each volunteer comes with unique interests, skills and passions. That is why we seek to tap into those strengths and connect them to opportunities that fit their needs.

Contact NJ AIDS Services at 973-285-0006 or r.meredith@njas-inc.org.

NAMES Project of Northern New Jersey

In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who died from AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of family and friends served as the foundation for the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today the Quilt is a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for prevention education and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world.

In 1987, the NAMES Project displayed the Quilt for the first time in Washington, DC. It covered a space larger than a football field and included 1,920 panels. As of October 2001, the Quilt would cover an area equal to over 26 football fields if displayed all at once. The over 44,000 panels represent over 84,000 names – only 19% of those lost to AIDS in the U.S. There are 35 NAMES Project Chapters in the United States, including the Northern New Jersey chapter. Panels are needed for many who have died. If you wish to help by making a panel, contact the Northern NJ Chapter at 201-265-0600 or info@namesnnj.org.

AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, Inc.

The AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, Inc. (ARFC) is a non-profit, community based agency that provides a variety of services to children and families who are affected by, and/or infected with HIV/AIDS. Headquartered in Newark NJ, the ARFC has pioneered efforts to address the ever-changing needs of those dealing with the harsh reality of this epidemic.

The three St. Clare’s Homes for Children offer transitional care for babies and children who have AIDS or who are medically fragile. St. Clare’s Outreach provides additional services including: drug rehabilitation services, mental health and bereavement counseling, foster parent training, clothing and baby goods distribution, respite care, community education/prevention services, speakers bureau, emergency food and transportation services, and summer and winter camp sessions. Those who wish to volunteer to help with some of these services are encouraged to contact the ARFC at  973-643-0400 or info@aidsresource.org.