A Brief History of Our Organization and the Work We Do
AIDS Interfaith Network (AIN) was created in 1986 initially to educate the faith community about HIV/AIDS and to secure services for people with HIV/AIDS. From these efforts we created our pastoral services program, volunteer programs, HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs.
In 1991, AIN expanded services to racial and ethnic minority populations by creating the African American Health Coalition and Manos Unidas. Through these initiatives we provide combinations of outreach, advocacy, education and prevention services. In 1995, we also established Spanish language interpretation and translation services provided to both clients and other service providers.
In 1999, AIN worked with Oak Lawn Community Services to absorb seven of their programs as OLCS closed permanently. With the additional programs we expanded our volunteer programs; enhanced client advocacy and care coordination services; added two transportation programs, as well as the Daire Center adult day center and the Meals Program.
Currently, through 10 different programs, AIN conducts targeted outreach, provides HIV/AIDS prevention education, prevention with positives, language assistance, casework and referrals, as well as other adherence and supportive care services such as transportation, meals, and adult day center, volunteer programs and pastoral services.