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Founded in 1983, Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Oregon and southwestern Washington. Its mission is to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminate HIV/AIDS-related stigma. CAP was selected as one of the Portland Business Journal's 2009 10 Most Admired Nonprofits in Oregon and voted one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2010.
CAP programs serve the broad and diverse set of communities touched by HIVfrom children to teens, people of color, the gay community, and families living with HIV to the thousands of individuals who seek education each year though the Oregon AIDS Hotline.
Last year, CAP provided HIV/AIDS education and prevention services to nearly 10,000 people and coordinated wraparound support services for 1,680 people affected and infected with HIV/AIDS in the five-county Portland metropolitan area.
With a $4.6 million budget, 50 staff people, and a volunteer corps that includes more than 700 individuals, CAP operates multiple programs from its main service site in downtown Portland, Oregon. It has always been an organization that depends heavily on volunteers. This is true now more than ever, as CAP expands services to meet growing needs in the community and benefitted from more than 21,000 hours of donated time during the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
CAP covers the broad spectrum of services needed in the response to HIV and AIDS. From HIV testing and counseling offered on- and offsite to outreach, education, and operating the statewide AIDS/sexually transmitted disease (STD) hotline, prevention services cover most at-risk populations as well as general populations with lower risk. Support services include everything from case management to psychosocial support and housing.
In response to state epidemiological data showing significantly higher rates of STDs and HIV in men who have sex with men (MSM), CAP and other local organizations working with MSM conducted a series of focus groups in early 2004 to talk with men about their prevention needs. Focus group participants noted a need to refocus prevention efforts on MSM as well as the importance of a strengths-based, sex-positive approach to their sexual health. CAP responded by opening the Men's Wellness Center in 2006, Portland's first center dedicated to the sexual health and overall wellness of MSM.
The center was renamed Pivot in the summer of 2010 to reflect the space as a central or pivot point in the communitya place where change happens and where men can challenge each other and themselves to try new things, get involved in new ways, and make a difference in the community. Pivot is a space dedicated to the physical, personal, and social health of gay, bisexual, and transgendered men and all men into men. It offers a variety of programming that is both social and educational in naturea drop in space for men to meet, teach, learn, and growand a safe space to get relevant and culturally competent programs and services, especially as they relate to the sexual health and wellness of MSM. Services and programs at Pivot are offered through a broad array of partnerships, including STD services offered via the county health department and psychosocial support for individuals from partnering agencies. Pivot provides several programs for HIV-positive men, including one for men in mixed-HIV-status relationships. Internet access, WiFi, and a library are also available.
In addition to a wide variety of programs, services, and resources for MSM, Pivot also provides the CDC-recommended public health strategy counseling, testing, and referral, as well as Healthy Relationships and MPowerment interventions. Pivot is also in the process of implementing the RESPECT intervention.
Last year, more than 1,500 HIV testing and counseling sessions were offered through Pivot, and several thousand visits were made to access programming and resources. Pivot occupies 3,000 square feet of storefront space in downtown Portland and is highly visible both through storefront branding and a recent campaign that included 20 billboards throughout the metropolitan area. For more information, visit the Pivot Web site at www.pivotpdx.org
Cascade AIDS Project
208 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 800
Portland, OR 97204
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