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About Us 2018-04-09T02:27:39+00:00

OVER 20 YEARS IN THE COMMUNITY

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

OUR HISTORY

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.

OUR MISSION

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

Our vision is to eliminate all barriers to health services for all individuals who experience health disparities related to sexual health.

Community Outreach 98
Behavioral Health 45
Clinical Services 55

OUR CONSTITUENCY

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

RONNIE E. BASS, MSCM
RONNIE E. BASS, MSCMFOUNDER/ CEO/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ronnie Bass serves as the Founder / Executive Director of Someone Cares, Inc. of Atlanta Early Detection Intervention Clinic. He received his Associate of Science degree in Accounting, Chowan Junior College (currently Chowan University); his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Science North Carolina Central University, his Master of Science Degree in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University. Currently a Doctoral Candidate, in General Counseling Studies at Capella University. Further studies in HIV/AIDS were done at Florida Community College at Jacksonville and the University of Florida where he received his certification in HIV/AIDS counseling and phlebotomy respectively. He is certified in HIV Counseling & Testing and several Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions; through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
WINSTON LIBURD, MScF, CHFP
WINSTON LIBURD, MScF, CHFPCHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Winston Liburd serves as Chief Financial Officer. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra university, Long Island, NY, Master of Science Finance Georgia State University, Atlanta, Candidate – CFA Institute, Atlanta, GA. He has an effective combination of theoretical and practical knowledge and solid understanding of how economic principles and policies affect business, social and political programs. He has experience in Mergers & Acquisition, LBO purchases valuation, financing mechanism, and IPOs.
Naomi Busler, LMSW
Naomi Busler, LMSWData Entry / Office Manager
Naomi Elaine Busler, MSW, LMSW, is a Licensed Master of Social Work with over 4 years’ experience in the HIV and LGBT service field. She is currently implementing evaluation and data related components for CDC grant initiatives at Someone Cares Inc. of Atlanta as a Data Specialist, and she has worked in the social services research field on several studies for the past 6 years. She is also involved in HIV and general STD testing, grant writing, administrative support and office management at her organization. Additionally, she has been in the field of social service mental health support for over 6 years. She currently implements behavioral interventions such as The ARTAS Intervention and Motivational Interviewing to order to help her clients overcome barriers keeping them from reaching their healthcare goals. She is excited to share her own experiences and learn from her fellow community members at this panel discussion and is proud to represent both Someone Cares and the transgender community here today.

Sedrick Gardner, MPH
Sedrick Gardner, MPHProgram Manager
Esther Williams, LCSW
Esther Williams, LCSWBehavioral Health Director
Gregory Cosby, MAC, LCSW
Gregory Cosby, MAC, LCSWBehavioral Health Counselor
Aalyase Smith
Aalyase SmithTrans Outreach Specialist
JAYME STEGER
JAYME STEGERTrans Outreach Specialist
Arnold Scott, MEd
Arnold Scott, MEdBehavioral Health Specialist
Necaela Penn
Necaela PennTrans Outreach Specialist
Briana Foster, MSW
Briana Foster, MSWCase Manager / Linkage to Care Coordinator
Mark Fields
Mark FieldsOutreach Specialist

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.

 J. Dwayne Hooks Jr., PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, AAHIVS, FACHE
J. Dwayne Hooks Jr., PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, AAHIVS, FACHEBOARD TREASURER
Clinical Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University

Assistant Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Kennesaw State University

Clinical Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University, Chief Executive Officer at Select Specialty Hospital, Senior Vice…

The University of Kansas, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

AMY POPE, MSN, RN, PCCN
AMY POPE, MSN, RN, PCCN BOARD SECRETARY
Amy Pope is a Doctoral candidate of Nursing Science at Kennesaw State University, concentration in Nursing Education and Research. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samford University, Birmingham, 2009.

Amy is currently a course coordinator and lecturer in holistic health nursing for Wellstar School of Nursing at Kennesaw State University.

ERIN SWESON, PhD
ERIN SWESON, PhDBoard Chair Psychotherapy / Pastor

MEDICAL STAFF

Earl Joyner, MD
Earl Joyner, MDMEDICAL DIRECTOR
Dr. Earl Joyner serves as Someone Cares Early Detection Intervention Clinic Medical Director. He is an experienced and compassionate physician currently practicing primary care and internal medicine in the greater Tyrone, Georgia area. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1983, after which he completed his residency at Mercy Catholic Center in 1987. Some of Dr. Joyner’s medical interests include infectious diseases as well as general men’s health. Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania. Has practiced over 33 years.