Queens Pride House & Hispanic AIDS Forum announce strategic alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
23 July 2015
For more information, contact:
President of the Board of Directors
& Acting Executive Director
Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Ave, Suite 206
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Heriberto Sánchez Soto, MSW
Hispanic AIDS Forum
1767 Park Ave., 5th floor
New York, NY 10035-1929
(212) 563-4500, ext. 2012
Queens Pride House (QPH) and the Hispanic AIDS Forum (HAF) have entered into a strategic alliance, the two organizations announced today. The aim of the partnership is to expand resources for the LGBT community of Queens.
“Queens Pride House will remain a separate not-for-profit organization with the same mission of serving as the LGBT community of Queens,” said Pauline Park, president of the board of directors and acting executive director of Queens Pride House. According to the terms of the agreement, HAF will provide management, resources and strategic planning to QPH and will expand programs and services offered by QPH, Park added, noting that HAF’s executive director, Heriberto Sánchez Soto, will serve as executive director of both QPH and HAF.
“Hispanic AIDS Forum’s focus has shifted from a medical model of HIV/AIDS prevention and education to a more holistic community center approach to health promotion, so the partnership represents an unprecedented opportunity for HAF to partner with an existing Queens-based community center,” said Heriberto Sánchez Soto, noting that HAF had already operates two other community centers with similar aims — one in the Bronx and one in Harlem.
Pauline Park and Charles J. Ober are co-founding members of the original QPH board that established the organization in 1997 and both will join the board of directors that will oversee the two organizations. “The board of Queens Pride House unanimously approved the agreement and we’re very excited about the prospect of partnership with HAF,” said Ober, who is currently board treasurer and chief financial officer of Queens Pride House, adding, “We would like to thank all of those who helped make this strategic alliance possible by donating their professional services to help facilitate this agreement,” citing Community Resource Exchange (Jean Lobell), Lawyers Alliance of New York (Elizabeth Perez) and Hogan Lovells US LLP (Scott Grossman, Erin Howell, and Michael Gilligan) as those who assisted in the process.
Queens Pride House is the only LGBT community center in the borough of Queens and provides free mental health counseling to members of the community as well as offering transgender and youth support groups as well as support groups for men and for LGBT people 50 and older. QPH also provides referrals to LGBT-supportive health care and social service providers and other professionals and has assisted clients in getting political asylum. QPH has also sponsored public policy forums on a range of issues, from LGBT rights to policing to human trafficking.
Similarly, HAF has been the organizational leader in New York City’s Latino gay community and is the oldest Latino-run HIV/AIDS services organization in New York City (NYC). HAF was founded in 1985 in response to the escalating incidence of AIDS in the Latino community and incorporated in 1987 with a mission to reduce HIV transmission and secure timely and quality support services for Latinos affected by HIV/AIDS. In recent years, HAF has strategically shifted the paradigm from which our HIV/AIDS programs and services operate by providing more comprehensive health and human services within a greater sexual health and sex positive agenda.
To this end, in June 2013, HAF launched theLatino Pride Center (LPC) as the first organized effort in the USA with a mission to inspire, empower and support gay Latinos to build and pursue their lives to their full potential. While the missions of QPH and LPC may be worded differently, both organizations pursue these missions through the creation of comprehensive behavioral health and human services programs that affirm individuality, sexual identity and diversity; build family and community life; advocate for equality and justice; and support the pursuit of happiness free of oppression and violence for all people.
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