Circle of Care
The Circle of Care Initiative is a collaborative approach to providing diverse, innovative and practical support services for women living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. The initiative was designed in response to women’s own stated needs and interests. Its goals are to stabilize, strengthen and expand programs for women affected by HIV/AIDS across the City of Toronto. The Circle of Care Initiative is a consortium of five AIDS service organizations including the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN), Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA), and The Teresa Group. Download the Circle of Care brochure.
In addition to our program partnerships, the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation is proud to offer our support to the development and growth of organizations meeting critical and targeted needs within the complex network of care and services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
PWA provides support to the following community partnerships by providing operational support, acting as Trustee or Sponsor for funding, providing financial, reporting or administrative support, as well as contributing staff leadership, expertise and support:
- Action positive VIH/sida
- Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT)
- Criminal Law + HIV Exposure
- Latinos Positivos
- McEwan House
- Toronto HIV/AIDS Network
Action positive VIH/sida
One of Toronto's youngest AIDS organizations, "Action positive VIH/sida" is nonetheless very dynamic! The volunteers and staff are passionate about ensuring that Francophones living with HIV/AIDS receive culturally-appropriate services that meet their individual and collective needs. In addition to participating in general prevention efforts, Action positive VIH/sida provides individual support that includes: language facilitation, a personal and confidential sounding board, plus information about existing services in a range of agencies and groups. Action positive VIH/sida also organizes group activities such as monthly men's and women's meetings, workshops, information sessions, practical assistance as well as a range of social, cultural and recreational activities "en français". Action positive VIH/sida's services are available to all French-speaking people who are living with HIV, affected by the disease or at risk of being infected.
Action positive VIH/sida hosts office hours at PWA each Monday from 1:30pm - 5:30pm in our Community Liaison office and will help both agencies reach out to and support HIV+ French speaking Torontonians.
Visit the Action positive VIH/sida website.
The Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) is a coalition of more than 30 Ontario based organizations from the legal, health, settlement and HIV/AIDS sectors. It was formed in 1999 to improve treatment and service access for marginalized people with HIV/AIDS. Since its inception, CAAT has been at the forefront of education, research, service coordination and advocacy on issues related to HIV, immigration and access.
Criminal Law + HIV Exposure
The Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure came together in 2007 to oppose the expansive use of the criminal law to address behaviours that risk HIV transmission. We come from community-based AIDS organizations. We support a comprehensive evaluation of how Canada’s criminal law is being applied in Ontario with respect to HIV-related issues. We advocate for sound policy responses to HIV prevention and transmission based on the best available evidence, the objectives of HIV prevention, care, treatment and support, and respect for the human rights of all.
Visit the Criminal Law + HIV Exposure website.
Latinos Positivos aims to help empower Latino PHAs move beyond their diagnosis and establish a supportive and accepting Latino community within the AIDS movement.
McEwan Housing & Support Services
PWA is excited to have several staff from McEwan Housing & Support Services sharing office space at 200 Gerrard Street East. McEwan Housing & Support Services is a supportive housing and community support program for women and men, aged 16 and older, living with HIV or AIDS, who have mental health or substance abuse challenges or both, and are homeless or at risk of becoming so. It is the only housing program in Ontario dedicated to serving this highly vulnerable population, and one of only a very few in the world.
Visit the Visit the McEwan Housing & Support Services website.
Toronto HIV/AIDS Network
The Toronto HIV/AIDS Network (THN) includes AIDS Service Organizations, AIDS related programs, HIV clinics, people living with HIV/AIDS and broader organizations relevant to the needs of people living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS. With diverse members working together, THN strives to support collaborative partnerships and innovative models of service delivery to support and improve the complex system of HIV services in the Toronto area.
Visit the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network website.