This World AIDS Day, Foothill AIDS Project (FAP) has three services throughout the Inland Empire, all of which are open to the public! With the geographic spread, there’s sure to be an observance near you. Information about all three can be found below.
World AIDS Day has been observed every year since 1988 (which makes it even younger than FAP!). Each year, events across the world raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and remembers those who have died of the disease.
Each year the federal government creates a theme for the observance. The theme for
2016 is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.”
World AIDS Day Community Update
On Sunday, Nov. 27, All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena will host a World AIDS Day Community Update for the community and concerned people of faith.
Special guest Karl Haushalter, Ph.D., a professor and AIDS researcher at Harvey Mudd College, will join staff from FAP, people living with HIV and Pasadena-based HIV care providers.
All Saints Episcopal Church is located at 132 N. Euclid St. in Pasadena. The Community Update begins at 10:15 a.m. and is sponsored by All Saints Episcopal Church.
Service of Remembrance and Celebration of Life
On Thursday, Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, FAP will hold two services, one in Claremont and one in Riverside.
The Riverside Service of Remembrance and Celebration of Life takes place at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Riverside at 3504 Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside.
Students, community leaders, friends and caregivers will come together to express support for our neighbors living with HIV and AIDS, and to remember loved ones lost to AIDS.
This nondenominational service will feature upbeat music performed by the Pilgrim Choir, a chance to honor friends and loved ones living with HIV and AIDS, a tribute to caregivers and a remembrance litany for those who have died.
A reception follows immediately following the service where FAP staff members will be available to answer questions. First United Church of Riverside will host the reception and sponsors the event. All are welcome!
Life, Remembrance, & a Candlelight Walk
The Claremont Service of Remembrance, Celebration of Life and Candlelight Walk begins at 7 p.m. at the Kingman Chapel of Claremont United Church of Christ at 233 Harrison Ave., Claremont.
Representatives from FAP, the Claremont Colleges, the Claremont United Church of Christ will participate in this nondenominational program that features professional musicians, FAP staff and clients, up-to-date HIV information, and plenty of laughter and memories.
After the service ends, there will be a candlelight walk through the Claremont Colleges and Claremont Village to raise local awareness about the continued challenges of HIV and AIDS.
The LGBTQ group of the church, Another Voice, will host a reception afterwards. MAC Global AIDS Fund sponsors the service. All are welcome!
Leadership. Commitment. Impact.
Foothill AIDS Project has World AIDS Day observances each year, and we are proud of the leadership and commitment our staff and leadership have shown in 2016 and every year.
As for impact, Foothill AIDS Project is one of the largest providers of services to people with HIV and AIDS in southern California. We serve over 1,000 clients with housing and food assistance, mental health and substance abuse counseling, support groups, linkage to care, medical case management and more.