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Accomplishments 2018-01-20T08:20:32+00:00

Agency Background and Accomplishments

• Someone Cares provides client advocacy for the AAMSM / Transgender communities; helping people with HIV/AIDS/STD issues to navigate the system of primary health care and social services.

• In 2008, Someone Cares Medical Director, Richard A. Hudson, D.O., has over 30 years of experience working with the Transgender community; providing services such as hormone therapy and HIV treatment. There is a MOA between Dr. Hudson’s office and the Someone Cares Transgender Department to provide 6 sessions of therapy before any Transgender can receive hormone treatment. This ensures retention in the REAL / T Program. In 2012 463 Transgender individuals were serviced.

• Someone Cares has continued a relationship with Department of Public Health under the terms of which the agency receives and distributes outreach materials to the MSM / Transgender populations. Someone Cares has partnerships with Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Cobb/Douglas Public Health, Dekalb Board of Health and several community based organization (AID Atlanta, AID Gwinnett, Atlanta Harm Reduction, Positive Impact, and many more) where we hold MOAs.

• Someone Cares has opened an E.D.I.C. clinic. Early Detection Intervention Clinic. The clinic is created to alleviate barriers to early HIV/STD detection in the LGBT communities. We provide HIV/STD testing, treatment, social and mental health services. Making it a “One Stop Shop”. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 10am until 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6pm – 9pm and every second and fourth Saturday of the month. These hours are set up with the MSM and Transgender populations in mind.

• Someone Cares has MOAs in place with all major referral sources in Fulton and surrounding counties and provides regular referral services for primary and behavioral healthcare services, which is conducted by our Licensed Clinic Social Workers. St. Joseph Mercy Care, Fulton County Public Health, Cobb County Public Health, DeKalb County Board of Health, AID Atlanta, Positive Impact, etc..

• Someone Cares is certified by the State of Georgia to administer Oral Quick-Advance, CLEAR View, and INSTI HIV testing. This is critical to the LGBT communities which is reluctant to use public health services due to feelings of stigma and shame. Someone Cares collaborates with the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Cobb / Douglas Public Health, Dekalb Board of Health and all Ryan White Funded sites to insure linkage to care and treatment sites.

• Someone Cares is very proud of its internet outreach program: CyberReach. Started in 2009 this program, the first of its kind in the area, reaches men and Transgender on the internet at sites that are used by them to obtain sexual partners. Presently, Someone Cares provides a daily message on one such site at www.BlkGayChat.com. This message educates readers on HIV/AIDS/STD and safe sex practices along with holding dialogues on relationships and self esteem issues. As a result of this effort, Someone Cares has reached 3562 MSM and Transgender, of that number, 373 have been tested for HIV and 202 have been referred for other STD screenings and condom distribution.

• Someone Cares Street Outreach program has conducted HIV/STD prevention education, condom distribution, harm reduction, and referral placement to the major high risk zip codes known for prostitution and human sex trafficking in the City of Atlanta. Someone Cares has worked with the Atlanta Police Department on various projects including prostitution and cultural competency training.

• Someone Cares “Street Life” program reaches MSM / Transgender Survival / Commercial Sex Workers; providing them with HIV/STD education, condom distribution and referrals for physical & mental health exams, and Survival / commercial sex workers empowerment group. This program was started in 2006 and has reached over 4500 Commercial Sex Workers. Helping 520 in finding proper housing and job placement.

• Someone Cares “The SILENT Project” (Sexual, Interceptions, Locating, Exploitation of Neighborhood, Trafficking). The Project is designed to assist individuals out of sex trafficking and prostitution. The Project will provide support services and linkage to care to at risk underserved marginalized populations in the City of Atlanta.

• Someone Cares conducts a Correctional Outreach program in conjunction with the Fulton County Department of Corrections, Cobb County Juvenile Detention Center and DeKalb County Drug Court aimed at HIV testing and STD screening. Someone Cares conducts all services at intake through the medical unit. Working with HIV positive diagnosed inmates to make an appropriate transition back into their community and linking them with support and treatment facilities. Started in 2009 and has screened over 1800 inmates.

• Someone Cares Transgender Department (REAL/T) has trained and educated the Atlanta Metropolitan area (Heath Departments, Atlanta Police Department, CBO’s, ASO’s) and the state of Georgia on Transgender Cultural Competency. Between the years of 2010 and 2012. Trained 2900 individuals.

• In our efforts to empower people that are living with AIDS to live a productive life; Someone Cares within the last year has hired 6 people through either volunteer work or paid staff and has placed them in key roles within the organization; giving them a sense of pride, self worth and the desire to live a fulfilling life.

• Someone Cares has implemented a Transgender “GED” program (General Education Degree). Started in 2010 and 5 Transgender individuals have graduated from the program.

• Someone Cares has implemented a Mental Health Department the addresses MSM and Transgender Trauma and behavioral lifestyle change.

• REAL/T Program (Reach, Educating, Assisting and Liberating Transgender). The R.E.A.L./T. Program is the first and only agency, in the state of Georgia, funded to provide HIV prevention education, intervention and counseling & testing to the Transgender community. The R.E.A.L./T. Program is also staffed by transgender individuals whom represent their focused demographic. The R.E.A.L./T. Program has touched the lives of countless Transgender individuals in the Metropolitan Atlanta area and throughout United States. The R.E.A.L. /T. Program has been created to assist and advocate for the Transgender community in gaining respect in a society that has written them off. The program provides a safe space to empower Transgender individuals to seek higher education, job placement, housing, skill building, including emphasis on Transgender physical, mental health and client advocacy.

• Someone Cares provide client advocacy for the AAMSM / Transgender communities; helping people with HIV/AIDS/STD issues to navigate the system of primary health care and social services.

• Someone Cares has always been on the cutting edge of research. Someone Cares in 2010 was a part of the HPTN “Brother’s Project”, and published. GA Tech, Emory, and CDC research projects on the Transgender community.

• Someone Cares conducts a HIV peer counseling empowerment group called “P.E.T.” (Peers Empowered Together) where members of the AAMSM community can work on goals in a mutually supportive atmosphere.

• Someone Cares provides confidential and supportive partner notification in an environment that supports healing and appropriate decisions for treatment.

• Someone Cares has MOAs with MSM / Transgender Affirming churches in the Atlanta Metro Area; to conduct HIV/STD testing and interventions after morning services. Vision Baptist Church and Tabernacle Baptist Church. Over 330 individuals were tested.

• Someone Cares is the only organization with working MOAs directly with clubs allowing unprecedented access to clubs — so much so that one staff member is known as Mr. Condom. 6 major clubs – Jungle, Heretic, Burkhart’s, Phase One, Club Rush, and Bulldogs.

• Someone Cares staff has been trained in several Center of Disease Control (CDC) behavioral interventions. ARTAS, Condom Distribution, CRCS, Many Men Many VOICES, VOCIES/VOCES, CLEAR, WILLOW, Social Networking Strategy

• Someone Cares Transgender TRUTH (Transforming, Renewing and Unifying Transgender Health) Project has been funded since 2011 by various funders (ViiV Pharmaceutical Co., Janssen Therapeutics Co., Georgia Department of Public Health), for Transgender women of color. It is a individual-level, multi-session, time-limited intervention to improve timely entry, engagement and retention in quality HIV care.

• Someone Cares has been funded by the Atlanta AIDS Foundation to provide Transgender medical health services.

• Someone Cares has received several awards for our innovative Social Media APP. (Someonecaresinc.appsme.com) It is used for scheduling HIV/STD testing, Social Networking,

• Someone Cares continue to use social media and targeted outreach to identify participants for social networking strategies. Someone Cares REAL/T and REACH have also become avenues for social networking strategies. Someone Cares continue to use Facebook, Twitter, S1C App and other social media outlets to promote and educate.

In 2015 Someone Cares Transgender Department (REAL/T) was awarded funds from Georgia Department Public Health to conduct an adaptation of the DEBI Intervention WILLOW to TWILLOW. Someone Cares accomplished all deliverables of reaching 40 HIV + Transgender women of color.

• In 2014 Someone Cares received an award from the Trans Justice Funding Project to assist in advocating rights for the Transgender community.

• Someone Cares host the National Trans Health Conference each year. The goals of the conference are to empower the Trans community and educate front line medical staff; including (doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners) as well as, social workers, case managers, and professional staff on Trans Cultural Competence.

• Someone Cares has been funded by the Atlanta AIDS Foundation to provide Transgender medical health services.

• Someone Cares has received several awards for our innovative Social Media APP. (Someonecaresinc.appsme.com) It is used for scheduling HIV/STD testing, Social Networking,

• Someone Cares continue to use social media and targeted outreach to identify participants for social networking strategies. Someone Cares REAL/T and REACH have also become avenues for social networking strategies. Someone Cares continue to use Facebook, Twitter, S1C App and other social media outlets to promote and educate.

In 2015 Someone Cares Transgender Department (REAL/T) was awarded funds from Georgia Department Public Health to conduct an adaptation of the DEBI Intervention WILLOW to TWILLOW. Someone Cares accomplished all deliverables of reaching 40 HIV + Transgender women of color.

• In 2014 Someone Cares received an award from the Trans Justice Funding Project to assist in advocating rights for the Transgender community.

• Someone Cares host the National Trans Health Conference each year. The goals of the conference are to empower the Trans community and educate front line medical staff; including (doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners) as well as, social workers, case managers, and professional staff on Trans Cultural Competence.


• Someone Cares conduct Transgender cultural competency trainings throughout the United States. Educating colleges, civic organizations, public health departments, primary care facilities and community based organizations.

• Someone Cares has opened an LBGT Resource and Ally Center in downtown Atlanta. The center is a safe space for support groups, trainings, job readiness, GED, computer center, correctional, homelessness and HIV/STD clinical services. The center is assessable on public transportation.

• Someone Cares has youth services through our H.Y.P.E. Program (Helping Youth with Prevention and Empowerment) and K.I.N.G. (Knowledge Impacting the Next Generation). The ages range from 16 – 25.

• Someone Cares holds MOU with various agencies and community partners.