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Dear Friends and Supporters,

As many of you may have watched on WPRI Channel 12 News, AIDS Care Ocean State (ACOS) received an immediate state funding cut of over $840,000, with an additional $219,000 cut to commence July 1, 2019.


Our COEXIST Program faces the largest funding impact. This transitional housing program provides HIV-positive individuals with safe and stable housing, while they take part in an individualized health and wellness plan with intensive support - leading them to healthy independence. These are residents who would otherwise be homeless or at risk of losing their home due to health issues.

These funding cuts will also have a significant effect on ACOS’ Sunrise House, Rhode Island’s only licensed assisted living facility focused on the specific needs of individuals living with HIV and AIDS. The residents of Sunrise House are among the most medically fragile and vulnerable clients, and the elimination of key staff positions and services will potentially jeopardize the stability of the facility’s 24-hour, 7-day-a-week support system.

Thanks to all of you, our generous donors and supporters, we have always been able to bridge funding gaps. However, given the magnitude of these cuts, we are deeply concerned that individualized care will be restricted as caseloads increase. Our goal is to minimize the impact on service reductions so every client receives the critical care necessary.

Despite this devastating development, the agency remains tireless in fulfilling its mission through housing, case management, mental health, prevention, early intervention, education and outreach. As a results-driven invaluable resource, ACOS promotes healthier communities–contributing to the vibrancy and strength of our state.

We must come together as a community to take care of our community. We need your support now more than ever! Your generous donation will make a difference – helping to sustain these housing programs to ensure families receive the stability they need for better, healthier futures. 

In Gratitude,
Gina Mercure
Chief Operating Officer 

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In Memoriam

AIDS Care Ocean State is saddened by the loss of Keith Thompson, a devoted  employee and  friend of our agency for many years. Keith was a member of our Prevention Team where he worked tirelessly to fulfill the mission of AIDS Care Ocean State.His kindness and dedication touched the lives of everyone who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.