A group of leading Stanford University physicians and researchers founded ACRC as a community-based agency providing access to
to new HIV/AIDS drugs available only through clinical trials.
With the success of new drug treatments, ACRC began to provide HIV/AIDS direct services by doing street level outreach, triage,
patient advocacy, drug treatment education, and HIV prevention.
ACRC expanded its focus to service the massive unmet need for patient education. ACRC created a world-class curriculum for patients, the
HIV Living Now™ program in English. Living Now™ is a model health-maintenance, peer-education and
prevention intervention program to help people living with HIV/AIDS to identify their needs
and find their voice to become better advocates for their health.
After discovering that over 80% of ACRC’s HIV positive clients were C0-infected with Hepatitis C (HCV),
ACRC expanded its mission to address HCV health education and social services by developing the HCV Living Now™ program.
ACRC developed the Living Now™ program in Spanish to provide health education to ACRC’s HIV+ monolingual Spanish-speaking patients.
ACRC took over the HIV Food Program from Catholic Charities. Today we provide over 500 bags of groceries a week to those living with
HIV/AIDS as well as $25,000 in Safeway vouchers each year. We currently have the only HIV food bank in San Mateo County.
After seeing there was a need for clients who were injection drug users to obtain clean syringes and injection supplies as well as a general
need for safe sex materials, ACRC began the needle exchange program, ASAP, which serves about 1,200 clients a year
providing clean injection supplies, condoms, overdose prevention, education
and referrals to medical care, detox and treatment as requested.
ACRC took over the HIV drop-in center that was located inside Edision Clinic at San Mateo General Hospital. We serve
over 80 clients per week providing hot meals, computer access and referrals to other organizations.
ACRC converted its back parking lot area into a garden project called the Freshness to Wellness program which provided
fresh herbs and vegetables to the food program and the drop-in center.
ACRC continues to be dedicated to its clients providing services and referrals as needed despite budget cuts.
ACRC is continually working on new avenues of raising money to make sure that we will be here
for both current and future clients in the years to come.