PCAF champions the needs of people living with HIV and fights stigma to prevent the spread of HIV in our community. Working in partnership with our clients we overcome obstacles to housing, healthcare, transportation, and more. We help our clients live happy, healthy lives.
PCAF's Mission Statement: PCAF, through education and service, prevents HIV infection, assists persons affected by HIV/AIDS, addresses related health problems and combats associated stigma and discrimination.
Since 1987 PCAF has served more than 2,700 people living with HIV while thousands more have participated in our community prevention programs. PCAF has offices in Tacoma and Olympia, enabling our staff to meet with clients across the South Sound. We work with individuals from all walks of life and everyone who is eligible is welcome to engage in our services.
PCAF is dedicated to assisting persons living with HIV to meet their needs for food, housing, healthcare and personal support. PCAF provides personalized case management services to people living with HIV and extensive outreach/education/prevention programming to help stop the spread of HIV and combat HIV related stigma.
The most cost-effective response to any health crisis is prevention. Preventing HIV transmission continues to be an underlying objective of all that we do. Our prevention staff offer multiple programs focused on reducing the spread of HIV in the South Sound community. These programs include
- Free & Confidential HIV testing
- Community Outreach
- HIV 101 Presentations
- Safer Sex Materials Distribution
- Panels, Workshops and other activities to increase awareness about safer sex practices, sexual partner communication, and other relevant skills in a fun and sex positive atmosphere.
Clients served at PCAF often have limited access to resources. The complexity of service needs and the increasing number of new clients continues to grow. Our gifted team of case managers partner with our clients to encourage self-sufficiency in a manner that is empowering for each client. Case managers provide practical information, referrals to resources, advocacy, and emotional support. Services are provided in both English and Spanish by a multicultural staff. Examples of our support services include:
- Doctor Referrals
- Mental Health Referrals
- Food Access
- Housing Access
- Transportation Access
- Health Insurance Enrollment
- Support Groups
- Legal Assistance
- Chemical Dependency Services