About Us

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Our Story Supporting PLWH

FAP was founded in 1987 by a group of concerned residents who were driven to help their friends and loved ones stricken by HIV/AIDS who had nowhere else to turn and could no longer work full-time. In a group member’s living room, this band of Samaritans pooled their own resources to help with buying groceries, rides to the doctor, paying utility bills, and feeding pets.

As the HIV epidemic evolved,

Our organization’s services supporting PLWH did too. At the start of the epidemic, HIV was considered a death sentence. Services were designed to provide emergency measures to keep people housed, healthy, and comfortable.

Today, with the advances in medication and treatment, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) are thriving. FAP’s services focus on HIV as a chronic disease that needs regular and pro-active management, much like diabetes, hypertension, and others.

What We Do To Keep Supporting PLWH

Foothill AIDS Project (FAP) is dedicated to helping people who live with or are at risk for HIV/AIDS. We focus in supporting People Living With HIV (PLWH) in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and western Riverside County in California. Our programs and services provide many tools that help in supporting PLWH to live longer, healthier, and more stable lives.

Our goal with our initiatives is to empower clients so they can better manage their own long-term health goals. Through integrated treatment, chronic care management, and stable housing planning, we help PLWH live longer, healthier, and more stable lives.

Mission

FAP’s mission is to improve the lives of those affected by HIV through comprehensive support services and prevent HIV infections through education and outreach programs.

Vision

Our vision is a community with no new HIV infections. We want to create a safe environment where individuals impacted by HIV are achieving health care equity with support services that help them get optimal health and well-being.

FAP is committed to reducing the stigma of HIV/AIDS in our community. Our staff has pledged to fight ignorance, promote education and understanding around HIV/AIDS, and to protect the humanity of our clients and their families.

Our Team of Dedicated Staff

Administration

Maritza Tona, Executive Director
Marie Francois, Director of Programs
La Monica Stowers, Director of Contracts and Grants
Litza Reilly, Manager of Housing Programs

Operations

Angelica Cespedes, Program Support Assistant
Selvio Martinez, Operations Manager
Yosselin Gonzalez, Central Fund Manager

Administration

Maritza Tona, Executive Director
Marie Francois, Director of Programs
La Monica Stowers, Director of Contracts and Grants
Litza Reilly, Manager of Housing Programs

Operations

Angelica Cespedes, Program Support Assistant
Candice Hicks, Program Support
Selvio Martinez, Operations Manager
Yosselin Gonzalez, Central Fund Manager

Housing Assistance

Leslie Evans, Housing Coordinator
Keith Billig, Housing Case Manager
Candice Hicks, Quality Monitor
Jose Millan, Housing Case Manager
Irene Ramirez, Housing Specialist LA County
Maria Valles, Housing Specialist LA County
Olga Esparza, Housing Specialist LA County
Monica Martinez-Alfaro, Housing Specialist LA County
Carolina Velasquez-Ybarra, Housing Specialist LA County

Case Management

Daniel Castillo, Eligibility Worker Part A
Michael Chavez, Medical Case Manager
Zachary Martinez, Linkage to Care Coordinator
Falina Gonzales, Case Manager Part A
Alondra Leon, Case Manager Part B
Veronica Guzman, Case Manager Part B
Lorena Pinedo, Case Manager
Linda Velasquez, Case Manager Part A
Sabrina Zamora, Case Manager
Alicia Estrada, Case Manager
Yazmin Sosa, Psychosocial Case Manager

Case Management

Daniel Castillo, Eligibility Worker Part A
Michael Chavez, Medical Case Manager
Zachary Martinez, Linkage to Care Coordinator
Eduardo Rojas, EIS Case Manager
Falina Gonzales, Case Manager Part A
Selene Coronado, Case Manager Part B
Veronica Guzman, Case Manager Part B

Rachel Middleton, EIS Case Manager
Lorena Pinedo, Case Manager
Linda Velasquez, Case Manager Part A
Sabrina Zamora, Case Manager
Alicia Estrada, Case Manager
Amaranta Villalon, 340B Case Manager
Yazmin Sosa, Psychosocial Case Manager

Nutrition

Lauren Cruz, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Jennifer Brehme, Mental Health Services Director (Interim) 
Jerry Chan, Lead SUD Counselor
Aida Juarez, Mental Health Clinician
Verneeda McCall, Mental Health Clinician
Shawntel Allen, SUD Counselor

Jennifer Richardson, SUD Counselor

Transportation Assistance-Van Connect

Rafael Gallardo, Driver
Joe Wilkins, Driver
Greg Zarco, Mobility Coordinator/Housing Quality Assurance

Outreach Services

Rosie Plancarte, Social Media Outreach Coordinator

Get More Information

If you would like to learn more about us, contact our organization today. We look forward to speaking with you.

Our Sponsors & Partners

Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation logo

Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation

2020 grant to link and retain women living with HIV to healthcare

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Inland Empire Funders Alliance

2020 grant to provide COVID-19 emergency relief services for people living with HIV

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Inland SoCal United Way

2020 grant to provide COVID-19 emergency relief services for people living with HIV

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Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

2020-2021 grant to link and retain people living with HIV to healthcare.

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Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center

2020 grant to link and retain people living with HIV to healthcare in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County.

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Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center

2020-2021 grant to provide behavioral health services for people living with HIV in San Bernardino County.

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Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center

2020-2021 grant to link and retain people living with HIV to healthcare in Riverside County.

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The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

2019-2020 grant to provide general operating support for HIV services in Los Angeles County

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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

2019-2020 grant to link and retain people living with HIV to healthcare in San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Stater Bros.

2019-2020 grant to provide food and nutritional support for people living with HIV.

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Union Pacific

2020 grant to provide COVID-19 emergency relief services for people living with HIV.

S. MARK TAPER FOUNDATION

The 2021-2022 grant will provide mental health outpatient treatment to people living with HIV in San Bernardino, Riverside, and Los Angeles Counties. 

http://www.smtfoundation.org/ 

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The Weingart Foundation

2019-2021 grant to provide operating support for services for people living with HIV in Southern California.

Updated 04/2021