COVID-19 Update – A Message from our CEO March 20, 2020

Dear Friends,

I know this is such a challenging time for all of us. On behalf of PRC, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of you for stepping forward to support our community, particularly those most vulnerable – your support and engagement is a wonderful demonstration of our collective humanity.

PRC remains steadfast in our mission to stabilize and champion the 5,700 vulnerable people we serve, adults of all ages who face mental and physical health challenges in the best of times, alongside economic and housing instability. In today’s swiftly changing landscape, we’re focused on sustaining the health and safety of our community, our clients, and the incredible and dedicated staff responding to their evolving needs.

I want to assure you that during this COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) public health emergency, we continue housing and providing essential services to our clients every day. Inside our substance use and mental health residential treatment homes, supported living environments, and Hummingbird homeless navigation programs, Residential Services are all operating under heightened safety protocols. 

Other “essential services,” Emergency Financial Assistance and Co-op Supported Livinghave LIMITED in-person accessibility at our Integrated Service Center (170 9th Street) and REMOTE accessibility during all regular business hours.  

PRC’s “non-essential, as defined by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, wrap-around servicesare operating in limited capacities during the COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Order. Legal AdvocacyWorkforce Development, and Housing Planning Program are providing services and information to clients about options, safety protocols, and community resources REMOTELY.

We can be reached at 415-777-0333 and info@prcsf.org with questions about appointments and accessibility. Read more [link to FAQ, coming soon] about specific program hours and access protocols.

From day one of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) response, PRC has been working hand in hand with local, state, and federal public health leaders to develop and support response protocols. PRC also is a key partner in the City’s activation of resources to prevent and contain community transmissions, and we are staying abreast of the CDC and San Francisco Department of Public Heath’s contact guidelines.

Nearly every person we serve is considered “vulnerable” in this Public Health Emergency. That vulnerability is only heightened by Shelter-In-Place orders changing access to needed social and health services across public and private sectors and COVID-19 necessitated disruptions in economic activity. So, thank you for your continued engagement and support.

We’re working hard with and on behalf of clients to retain and secure the income and jobs they need, to stay safely housed, to protect themselves from COVID-19, and to have access to food and essential prescription medications. We will continue to keep you and our website updated as more information becomes available.

Together, we will do what it takes to strengthen our safety net and continue moving lives forward in the days, weeks, and decades to come.

In Community,

Brett Andrews

Chief Executive Officer

P.S. If you missed the news earlier this week we’re pleased to inform you the City of San Francisco and PRC are moving ahead to open a 30-bed community-based “Hummingbird-model” navigation center focused on getting chronically homeless individuals with mental health and substance use disorders off the streets, into healthier conditions, and on their way to longer-term care.

AIDS Walk 2020 registration is open! Plus don’t miss these upcoming events …

PRC is thrilled to announce news about three upcoming events you won’t want to miss! Registration is now open for AIDS Walk San Francisco 2020, and sponsorship and tickets for Pride Brunch 2020 are now available for purchase. Also, please mark your calendar for PRC’s annual Mighty Real gala!

Gary Virginia & Donna Sachet’s Pride Brunch
Saturday, June 27, 11 AM – 2 PM
Sponsor tables and buy tickets

Pride Brunch 2020

Join hosts Gary Virginia and Donna Sachet on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 11AM to 2PM at the historic Fairmont Hotel to celebrate 50 years of San Francisco Pride with the Grand Marshals of the Pride Parade. Pride Brunch is the event of the season, honoring the rich history of LGBTQ culture and liberation. Enjoy hosted champagne and vodka bars, a delicious brunch buffet, live entertainment, as well as silent and live auctions. All proceeds support PRC’s integrated legal, social, and health services for those affected by HIV/AIDS, mental health issues, and substance use.

For information on sponsorships and tickets, please contact Jaron Caldwell, Director of Events: jaron.caldwell@prcsf.org

AIDS Walk San Francisco 
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Registration now open!

AIDSWalkSF

The website for AIDS Walk San Francisco 2020 is officially launched and you can now register to walk!

Get your walking shoes on and come out to Golden Gate Park on Sunday, July 19, 2020 to raise funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations across the Bay Area. For 2020, PRC will be the lead partner and beneficiary of the largest and most visible HIV/AIDS fundraising event in the Bay Area. It will be an exciting year of team-building, exercise, fun, and great performances.

We are so thankful for your support in past years. To learn more and register, visit the AIDS Walk San Francisco 2020 website here. We hope you can join us!

Mighty Real Gala 
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Save The Date

Mighty Real 2020Please save the date for PRC’s annual celebration of hope, resilience, and pride. The event returns to the elegant Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, October 3, 2020.  Join us for an unforgettable evening of incredible cuisine, wine, entertainment, and dancing! All proceeds go to support PRC’s lifesaving, integrated social, legal, and health services to help the City’s most vulnerable populations. More information to come soon.

For inquiries regarding sponsorships and tickets, please contact Jaron Caldwell, Director of Events: jaron.caldwell@prcsf.org

Computer Learning Center Expands Opportunity

Inside PRC’s buzzing 24-station Computer Learning Center, more than 100 people like Marilyn, Kim, and Sam are building digital literacy and skills to grow their income and workforce engagement.

“I’m so excited to move forward and into the workforce again.”

Outdated skills and gaps in employment can be hard to face, so PRC Workforce Development offers skill and community building opportunities that get people trained-up, confident, and back on their feet. Two accredited programs—Next Step Computer Training and Step Up Administrative Training—provide 64 combined hours of digital literacy and office skills readying people with mental and physical health disabilities for competitive internships and employment opportunities. Last year, PRC ran 20 cycles graduating 106 trainees!

“I have a better grasp on how this [technology] works…finally.”

The results speak for themselves. In 2019, employed graduates saw their annual incomes increase 337%.

People with disabilities experience three times the unemployment rate of the general population. But PRC is getting people into the workforce at more than double the statewide rate. When PRC opened the Integrated Service Center’s doors in April 2019, our computer lab’s capacity more than doubled, and the Workforce Development team began to ramp up classes, programs, and skill building opportunities. In less than one year, with the same high quality, high impact instruction, enrollment is up 30%.

“I can’t place a value on this experience. It was motivational, personally uplifting, and I learned so much in such a short time.”

Graduate
December Graduates: Marilyn (above); Kim (top), flanked by PRC volunteer Troy Kondo and Computer Training Associate (and former graduate) Tomas Llorence; and Sam (left).

PRC also launched LIFT UP SF – Lifting Up Peers for a Brighter Tomorrow – a 64-hour curriculum putting real life experience with mental health and substance use services to work for graduates as peer professionals across public health and social service fields. The first cohort just entered paid traineeships, the final step in advance of competitive employment placements at PRC and partner health agencies across San Francisco. The second cohort is double in size, with 15 students gaining competencies to put their lived experience to work advancing community health.

Graduate

For graduates like Phil (not pictured), opportunities like Next Step, Step Up, and LIFT UP SF are transformational. A longtime PRC client, Phil has overcome drug addiction and homelessness. Fifteen years ago, when he was newly diagnosed with HIV, Phil accessed PRC’s legal services to secure disability benefits. Most recently he’s moving forward with PRC workforce development. “I feel really good right now in my recovery; I’m mentally stable and poised to be able to go off of disability [benefits] and back into the workforce…But the highlight of [LIFT UP SF] is the overall realization that my life experience is worth something. I can connect with that person going down a certain pathhelp people who are drug addicted, homeless, and in health crisis to get from that place—from where I was stuck—to where I am now.”

“My objective is to find a place where I’m happy and a place to grow”

On top of skills-based training and practice in the lab, clients work with PRC specialists to accessed tailored supports in resume and cover letter writing, skills inventories, vocational assessments, interview preparation, and post-placement counseling. PRC partners with some of the largest employers in San Francisco including the University of California at San Francisco, the City and County of San Francisco, the State of California, Apple, Genentech, Target, H+R Block, Starbucks, Blue Apron, Hyatt, Genentech, Uber, Alaska Airlines, Salesforce, Apple, Old Navy, and Whole Foods. The average wage of clients placed in employment was $20.66 per hour in 2018, 38% higher than the local minimum wage.

Congratulations to all our participants and graduates! We’re proud to stand with you, moving forward.

Learn more about PRC’s Workforce Development trainings and services here or reach out about hiring partnerships and putting graduates to work for you.

30th Holiday Dinner Serves up Cheer

This past Christmas Eve, the volunteer-driven PRC Holiday Dinner (formerly the Christmas Eve Dinner for People with HIV/AIDS, Their Family, and Friends) celebrated its 30th anniversary in style – with hot, delicious food served to almost 800 clients of PRC and two dozen sister agencies. Inside the beautiful War Memorial Green Room guests also enjoyed live entertainment and, of course, Santa.

This amazing annual Holiday Dinner is only possible with the hard work and dedication of its Volunteer Committee – Neil Figurelli, Stan Wong, Joanie Juster, Jaime Tril, Randall Schiller, and George Macaluso – and our lead sponsor Bon Appetit Management Company. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! A special shout-out to Mariebelle Hansen and the wonderful staff at the War Memorial for always being so supportive of this special event.

A smattering of photos courtesy of Joseph Driste Photography

Integrating Health Services Will Improve Outcomes

As published in the San Francisco Business Times December 20th, 2019

By Brett Andrews

The United States is arguably the world’s economic leader. We are also admired globally for innovation. And we’re the consummate leader in entertainment. Yet, when it comes to health care (especially for the underserved), our outcomes are woefully inadequate.

To address this quandary, we need to take a hard look at the siloed system of health care that contributes greatly to the fragmentation of services. A person in need of medical attention may also need help with social services, substance use, aging care or mental health. Due to its complexity, this separation leads to many people falling out of care.

Simply stated, fragmentation of health care services doesn’t work.

In 1948, the World Health Organization boldly said that, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Over the past 70 years, countries around the world have worked to develop a variety of health care systems based on this model – some with great success. This brings me to our own country. For decades, a medically focused paradox has existed within the U.S. health care system. While Americans spends substantially more money on health care than any other industrialized nation, why do we have such relatively mediocre health outcomes? The comparison is most striking when compared with Scandinavian countries. They spend considerably less on both health care per capita and as a percentage of GDP, yet they achieve substantially better health outcomes than we do.

What does all of this mean on a local level and how can integrated services address some of our most pressing societal challenges? Let’s start by looking at the health of our street population. Homelessness continues to be a growing problem in San Francisco. Despite spending approximately $300 million annually on homelessness, service outcomes for San Francisco’s homeless population have remained relatively unchanged over the past decade. Earlier this year, a homeless census survey called a Point-in-Time Count revealed even more extreme numbers and statistics. The number of unhoused individuals increased by nearly 1,000 to approximately 8,000. Given these historic outcomes, it’s hard to deny the correlation, if not causation, of a fragmented system of care and less than ideal health and economic outcomes in our community. A deep look into San Francisco’s service delivery model reveals a strong foundation of services and robust data about our marginalized population, but also a siloed and uncoordinated system of care structure with limited capacity to share information.

So what are we to do? And where do we start?

Due to expanded health care provided through the Affordable Care Act, many local systems of care and health and human services nonprofits across the country have needed to restructure, with a priority focus on integration. Strong empirical evidence suggests that physical health outcomes can be improved by integrating social services such as aging care, housing assistance, mental health and substance use treatment, benefits and health care counseling, nutrition programs, employment services and emergency financial assistance. San Francisco has taken up the charge of assessing its system of care, with an eye toward integration. Recent efforts like the Whole Person Care Initiative, the hiring of San Francisco’s Behavioral Health Reform director and Mental Health SF are good examples of emerging and innovative public health and community-based partnerships that aim to serve the complete person.

PRC, where I work, recently completed a double merger acquiring Baker Places, a mental health and substance use disorder residential treatment agency, and AIDS Emergency Fund, an emergency financial assistance agency. Valuing the effectiveness and efficiency of integrated services, PRC consolidated the three organizations and designed a framework that supported the de-siloing of multiple funding sources. We also integrated fragmented services into a continuum of treatment and social services – bringing everything “under one roof” and placing clients’ perspectives at the center of our organization. PRC has learned how to design an integrated model of care that moves more than 5,400 unstably housed individuals, struggling with mental health and addiction, from crisis to stabilization. With 267 treatment and supportive housing beds, in concert with wraparound support services that give people all necessary tools and support, we’re helping to reshape and reclaim their destiny.

Through it all, what remains abundantly clear is this: The abiding commitment and resolve we all share in our desire to tackle these social issues. These challenges impact not only those most vulnerable, but also those who desperately want to help, and just want to know how. We have a history of success on our side – let’s celebrate and build on it.

 

When Personal Networks Aren’t Enough

When she was referred to PRC’s Co-op Supported Living Program by a city clinic, Kathy—a 53-year-old Korean-American woman who moved to the US when she was two—was living with and working as her ailing mother’s caregiver. Kathy had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in her late 20’s following methamphetamine use during graduate school. Since then, she’s battled with delusions and paranoia, had bouts of homelessness, and utilized crisis services in San Francisco from 2014 to 2019.

Now, knowing her mother only had months to live, Kathy had been informed she would become homeless once her mother died. The apartment she was living in was provided for her mother. Kathy was an only child with no familial support, and this news ushered in a critical time for Kathy’s continued health and stability.

PRC’s co-op apartments are designed to provide a transitional, supportive environment for people at a short remove from vulnerability, where supportive resources, a little time, and confidence-building practice will equip them to effectively manage their health conditions into the future and take the next steps into health and independence successfully.

Inside PRC’s co-op program, Kathy attended support groups, house meetings, and weekly individual rehab sessions as well as an external skill-building group. She continued to nurse her mother until her mother’s death, and Kathy utilized her new-found supportive community to grieve without utilizing crisis services.

Kathy’s focus and hard work continued to pay off when she was able to apply for and successfully achieve a federal housing voucher in Colorado. After five months in PRC’s co-op, with the help of her case manager and PRC’s community partners Kathy moved out and across the country into her new 2-bedroom apartment.

Given the Bay Area’s high costs of living and dearth of affordable housing options it’s true that taking the next step into independent living and self-driven follow up care is increasingly difficult for co-op residents. Leaving San Francisco can mean leaving one’s support network behind. Housing resources that keep people healthfully in community, like each of PRC’s 111 existing co-op beds, are critical.

Kathy demonstrated insight, resiliency, and self-advocacy that only continued to grow as she received support and stability from all her San Francisco providers. She is a testament to the power of community, partnership, and opportunity, and we, at PRC, are grateful to have been a part of that strength.

Many of us—all of us, I dare say—are touched by struggles with mental health, substance use, or HIV/AIDS whether it’s in our own lives or those of friends and loved ones. But we don’t all have access to supportive resources, money, family, or community networks when they are needed. For those individuals across San Francisco, PRC is that bridge, a lifeline, and the critical link into community.

—CEO Brett Andrews

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Lift UP SF: A win-win-win for San Francisco

We’re proud to introduce a new pathway to personal and economic growth for the thousands of people overcoming mental health, HIV or substance use challenges each year in San Francisco. One of five California programs selected, the Office of Statewide Health Planning will invest nearly $500,000 over two years in PRC’s award winning workforce development model. The result? We’re scaling up a peer-to-peer occupational training pathway recently launched in partnership with San Francisco’s Department of Public Health. Lifting Up Peers for a Brighter Tomorrow or Lift UP SF is a win for consumers, a win for behavioral health services providers, and a win for San Francisco.

Lift UP SF readies consumers—people in and exiting mental health and substance use treatment programs, family members, and caregivers—to put their lived experience to use on a competitive career path. It spans a 64-hour comprehensive training curriculum designed by advocates and consumers, individualized placement support, and peer group services to prepare graduates for volunteer, part-time, and full-time peer positions in the most common health settings: Social and Human Service Assistants, Case Workers, Case Managers, Client Advocates, Family Self-Sufficiency Specialists, and Independent Living Specialists among others.

Leveraging the experience of people with lived experience in mental health, substance use, and public health systems doesn’t just make sense, it’s proven to result in better outcomes for consumers on both sides of the interaction.

Beyond professional skill delivery, peer specialists in health settings share the same vocabulary as those they help, have credibility, and embody an accessible vision of success. Paid or volunteer employment is also a key component of recovery from mental health and substance use disorders, particularly methamphetamine addiction. The act of going to training, getting placed in employment, and accessing a supportive community support throughout this process dramatically improves an individual’s ability to maintain their recovery.

This pathway is timely, right here and right now. San Francisco has very low unemployment (1.9%) overall, but prosperity and stability are not shared equitably across our community. A high cost of living, driven primarily by housing expenses, strains many long-time residents and the populations PRC serves. African Americans and other communities of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, people with behavioral health disorders, and people living with HIV are overrepresented among the unemployed and have lower than average salaries, placing them at high risk for displacement and homelessness. People with lower incomes also have higher rates of mental health disorders.

It’s a circular argument Lift UP SF seeks to disrupt.

The training program specifically reaches into these under-employed consumer groups to provide more than a living wage. An increasing economic outlook seeds hope, and a career trajectory positions consumers—people like those exiting PRC’s 30/60/90 day treatment programs or in our co-op living around the city—to progress through the continuum of care and transition successfully to independent living.

As a result, not only do we expect to decrease unemployment among Bay Area residents impacted by mental illness, substance use disorder, and/or HIV/AIDS and to expedite treatment program exits making room for more people to access needed treatment services, Lift UP SF will develop a diverse, representative pool of qualified, culturally competent staff to help alleviate the worker shortage in behavioral health settings across San Francisco and beyond. PRC’s program launches with more than 17 partners—from Castro Country Club and the City of San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services to Native American Health Center, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, and Alameda and Contra Costa County Behavioral Health Programs—already signed on and seeking to fill already identified peer staffing shortages across public mental health services.

Want to know more? Contact our Workforce Development team.
Want to contribute to support innovate solutions, like Lift UP SF? Donate here.
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The Numbers Concerning Racial Inequity and Health Disparities Don’t Lie

As published in the San Francisco Bay Times, September 19, 2019
By Brett Andrews

In October of 2017, I wrote an article for the San Francisco Bay Times that focused on the city’s Point-in-Time Count, which is a report primarily informed by a citywide survey of those homeless on any particular evening. The results of the survey captured the state of the city’s homeless situation, reporting approximately 7,500 unhoused as well as alarming demographic statistics for people of color—specifically African Americans.

At that time, African Americans made up approximately only 5% of San Francisco’s general population, but disproportionally 36% of the homeless population. Since that report and subsequent article, I have paid particular attention to San Francisco’s homeless numbers, in addition to monitoring reports of other contributing factors that impact an individual’s overall health and well-being including HIV, mental health, and substance use disorders. I am loathe to share that in all three of these other critical areas, all have similar outcomes of racial inequity and health disparities.

Earlier this year, another Point-in-Time Count was conducted. It boar out similar numbers and statistics. The number of unhoused individuals increased by nearly one thousand to approximately 8,000, and the percent of homeless African Americans represented in the study increased by one percent (37%).

This month, the Department of Public Health released the 2018 HIV Epidemiological Annual Report. And while there were many trends and successes to note—like the number of new HIV diagnoses dropping below 200 to 197 (the lowest ever recorded) or no new births diagnosed with HIV—there were other alarming disparities and health inequities, such as new HIV diagnoses having increased among African Americans and Latinx populations, with African Americans at the highest rate.

The Behavioral Health and Homelessness in San Francisco: Needs and Opportunities report was also recently released. It cited that of the 18,000 adults who experienced homelessness at some point in their lives and received health care or social services in the city, 4,000 were also suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. Of those 4,000 individuals, 36% were African American.

Part of me thinks that this is the place where I should be putting forth an all-encompassing panacea that will somehow magically address the historic and systemic racism that allowed these and so many other societal challenges to persist and promulgate. Alas, I do not have it, nor do any of us.

What I do have is an invitation for all of us to care for and love humanity even more—don’t ignore it, even in its sometimes-unpleasant state. We are all a work in progress, and exist as someone more than our circumstances. It’s going to take all of us coming together to begin to love ourselves and each other in deeper and more profound ways that may test our desire, will, and patience.

When we see the tattered women on the street or young person that may have one too many tattoos for our liking, reach deeper into your heart and find compassion enough to extend a kind thought or a gesture of generosity. Toni Morrison once said, “Love is divine only and difficult always. If you think it is easy you are a fool. If you think it is natural you are blind.”

Welcome to the Bare Chest Calendar Club

Did you know?

  • The Bare Chest Calendar has been around for 36 years
  • It has featured over 400 Calendar Men
  • And in that time, it has raised over $2,000,000!

You were likely a part of those successes at some point.

  • You may have supported a friend who was running for the Calendar.
  • You may have bought a few (or many) raffle tickets from a contestant.
  • You may have bought various “items” at auctions to support the Calendar.
  • You may have bought a Calendar (or two) and feasted on 12 months of Calendar Men!

THANK YOU!

Your support of the Bare Chest Calendar, Team BCC, PRC and our clients means so much to us that we have a surprise we think you’ll really like…

The Bare Chest Calendar Club

Sign up today. The Bare Chest Calendar Club is:

  • A new way that you can stay involved with the Bare Chest Calendar, the current Calendar Men, and our esteemed Calendar Alumni.
  • A monthly giving membership that gives you exclusive Bare Chest Calendar content not available to anyone outside the club.
  • A way to support the mission of PRC and our clients who are some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable citizens.

When you join the Bare Chest Calendar Club you make a monthly investment in supporting PRC’s clients and continue to strengthen the legacy of the Bare Chest Calendar!

This Club has Benefits.

Depending on which monthly giving level you join, your Club membership provides you with exclusive Bare Chest Calendar content.

Everyone who joins the Bare Chest Calendar Club, at any level, will receive:
  • A copy of the Bare Chest Calendar for the year following your membership date
  • A monthly email featuring an alternative image of the current month’s Bare Chest Calendar Man AND a picture of a Bare Chest Calendar Man from the past; and 
  • You can be on the Calendar, and you don’t have to bare your chest! Your name will appear on one of the pages of the next printed Bare Chest Calendar following the date you join the club.

   

Monthly Giving Levels range from $15 to $100 per month.  Read on for details.
$100/month
  • Personalized birthday video and eBirthday card featuring Calendar Men
  • 2 tickets to Bare Chest Calendar Finals occurring after your join date
  • Bolded name on calendar page in next print Calendar following membership join date
  • Monthly email featuring alternate images from current Calendar AND previous Calendar
  • Monthly newsletter with Calendar updates and additional content from Calendar Men
  • Bare Chest Calendar for the year following join date
$75/month
  • eBirthday card featuring Calendar Men
  • 2 tickets to Bare Chest Calendar Finals occurring after your join date
  • Bolded name on calendar page in next print Calendar following membership join date
  • Monthly email featuring alternate images from current Calendar AND previous Calendar
  • Monthly newsletter with Calendar updates and additional content from Calendar Men
  • Bare Chest Calendar for the year following join date
$50/month
  • eBirthday card featuring Calendar Men
  • 1 ticket to Bare Chest Calendar Finals occurring after your join date
  • Name on Calendar page in next print Calendar following membership join date
  • Monthly email featuring alternate images from current Calendar AND previous Calendar
  • Monthly newsletter with Calendar updates and additional content from Calendar Men
  • Bare Chest Calendar for the year following join date
$25/month
  • 1 ticket to Bare Chest Calendar Finals occurring after your join date
  • Name on Calendar page in next print Calendar following membership join date
  • Monthly email featuring alternate images from current Calendar AND previous Calendar
  • Monthly newsletter with Calendar updates and additional content from Calendar Men
  • Bare Chest Calendar for the year following join date
$15/month
  • Name on Calendar page in next print Calendar following membership join date
  • Monthly email featuring alternate images from current Calendar AND previous Calendar
  • Monthly newsletter with Calendar updates and additional content from Calendar Men
  • Bare Chest Calendar for the year following join date

Open enrollment to join the Bare Chest Calendar Club ends on 10/31/2019, Halloween, so join the Club now to secure your spot!

AND everyone who joins before the end of open enrollment on 10/31/2019 will be included in a raffle to win 2 VIP tickets to the 2020 Big Muscle Party during Up Your Alley weekend!

Join the Bare Chest Calendar Club Now! 

Workforce Development Works! PRC at the UCSA Conference

As a board member of the National Working Positive Coalition, PRC’s CEO Brett Andrews co-presented on Employment Opportunities for People Living with HIV at the 2019 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA): Ending the Epidemics in their Honor in Washington, D.C. PRC has been building pathways and advocating an inclusive workforce since 1987, and the presentation featured PRC’s nationally recognized Workforce Development program, which is a model of responsive and effective community rehabilitation services for people living with HIV and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

PRC helped me to find both work and apply to the department of rehabilitation to offset my school costs. After getting set up with A.D.A.P. to cover my prescription costs, I needed more flexible work to continue my Master’s Degree. I did it, and I’ve now had my own successful business for more over three years!

We’re proud of all 653 people with HIV/AIDS, mental health, or physical disabilities that participated in our employment readiness, counseling, and placement programming in 2018.

With PRC’s support–reinvigorating livelihoods, independence, and self-esteem through individualized coaching, skill building classes, and career navigation services–they’ve made great strides!

Here are just a few more examples of how PRC is moving people forward.

  • On average, PRC’s Workforce Development participants secure jobs that earn them $21.71 per hour—that’s 145% of San Francisco’s minimum wage.
  • Graduates from our Next Step Computer Certificate Program not only gain critical skills, 50% increase their income by almost 300%.
  • Across our Workforce Development strategies, participants with recent work histories get back into the job market increasing their income by more than 200%.

Find out more at www.prcsf.org/employment-services.