AIDS Project RI Moves to New Location

PROVIDENCE, RI – AIDS Project RI, currently planning for the 28th AIDS Walk for Life September 28th, has also been busy on another project: moving to a new location.

Over the past few days it has been moving its 20 employees and volunteers from 404 Wickenden Street, Providence, RI, in the Fox Point neighborhood, to a former medical building at 9 Pleasant Street, just up from North Main Street in the Mount Hope neighborhood.

“We’re excited about the move, which will give us much better space to care for the people we serve, and is easily available by bus too,” said Thomas Bertrand, MPH, AIDS Project RI’s executive director.  “It truly provides AIDS Project RI with a signature location.”

A formal grand opening is being planned for the fall.

AIDS Project RI offers an array of services to prevent the spread of HIV, facilitate HIV testing, and care for people living with HIV/AIDS.   Services include case management, emergency financial assistance, mental health counseling and psychiatric care, HIV testing and more.  AIDS Project RI serves over a thousand people a year.

The move is possible thanks to the building’s donation to Family Service of RI in 2011 by Bettina Crisafulli and Frederick Crisafulli, MD, and Renee Vogel, MD, and Benjamin Vogel, MD.  AIDS Project RI is a division of Family Service of RI.

“Their extraordinarily generous donation means people living with HIV/AIDS will receive care in a more professional, convenient and spacious location,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, Family Service of RI’s CEO. “We deeply appreciate this wonderful gift, and are also thankful for the support of a number of funders for helping us prepare the space.”

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development provided funding, thanks to the efforts of Governor Lincoln Chafee during his service in the U.S. Senate.  Fiscal support was also received to adapt the space from the Champlin Foundations, the Roddy-Holden Foundation and the Washington Trust Charitable Foundation.

More information about AIDS Project RI and the upcoming AIDS Walk for Life is available at


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