Each year since 1996, the organization and staff have met the challenge in providing essential and much needed services to all – the LGBTQ community, marginalized, indigent, homeless and high at-risk populations. To date, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary of addressing HIV/AIDS, mental health, and other health disparities – through hard work, empathy and love of being our brother’s keeper, we’ve reached and served over 80,000 individuals and have been an ardent supporter in LGBT community.
Help us to continue the work, click the link below and give a tax deductible gift of $1.00 for each year of our existence ($20.00). Your donation assists our quest in the continuation of services, health education, advocacy, and providing safe spaces for those in need. Join with us throughout the year in our celebration of putting action to words in showing under represented populations that Someone Cares.
“Still on the battlefield”
Ronnie E. Bass
Founder / Executive Director
Someone Cares, Inc. of Atlanta EDIC (Early Detection Intervention Clinic) is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 AIDS Service organization. Someone Cares constituents are primarily African American, Latino Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender.
Someone Cares (S1C) was established in Jacksonville, Florida in 1996. S1C was formed to bring about a change in the growing number of HIV/AIDS cases reported in the African American and other men of color Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender communities. In 1998 Someone Cares re-established its headquarters in Marietta, Georgia (Cobb County) renamed Someone Cares, Inc. of Atlanta EDIC, serving the Atlanta Metropolitan area.
Someone Cares has become a leading agency in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, Hepatitis and other STD’s in the African American (AA), Latino MSM and Transgender communities of Metropolitan Atlanta. Someone Cares make over 4,000 unduplicated contacts each year with AA, Latino MSM & Transgender and other “at risk” men of color through its outreach programs. Because Someone Cares is an organization created by and for the AAMSM and Transgender communities, Someone Cares has extraordinary access, through Social Networking, to the community and places where the community gathers. Thus, the agency has access to parks, bathhouses, clubs, adult bookstores, private sex parties and other areas where MSM and Transgender congregate. In these settings, Someone Cares is able to convey messages and provide information regarding free HIV testing and STD screenings, safe sex practices and given prevention tools, and the like. Having obtained the confidence of these communities in a non-judgmental way, the AA, Latino MSM / Transgender have become more open to discussions about reducing at risk behavior and likewise more open to invitations to attend weekly Empowerment group meetings.
Someone Cares engages, educates and empowers individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other health disparities to achieve better health outcomes by eliminating barriers to culturally sensitive services, building a network for underserved groups, and increasing client resiliency.
Our vision is to eliminate all barriers to health services for all individuals who experience health disparities related to sexual health.
Someone Cares constituents are primarily Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and high at risk heterosexuals. Since participants in services are not required to self-identify LGBT, Someone Cares reaches out and considers as part of its constituency all communities of color in Metro Atlanta community who, by virtue of lifestyle or behavior, are at risk of being infected or spreading the infection of the HIV virus or STDs. Most clients are homeless, Substance Abusers, Sex Worker, HIV Positive, within the age ranges of 13-70. For purposes of services, Someone Cares does not differentiate between MSM who self-identify as men, women, gay, straight or transvestite/transsexual/transgender.
SOMEONE CARES STAFF
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The board of directors is a body of elected or appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of Someone Cares, Inc. of Atlanta EDIC.