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Terry Brenneis Hub for Long-Term Survivors

GAY MEN’S HEALTH CRISIS (GMHC) has clients who have been with us for 25+ years, many of whom are 50 years and older. It is estimated that, by 2020, 70% of those living with HIV in the U.S. will be 50+, and approximately 25% of those individuals will be long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS.

Many of GMHC’s services have evolved with our aging clients and include comprehensive care plans to address specific needs. And, in addition to our programs serving this community, GMHC has recently launched the

Terry Brenneis Hub for Long-Term Survivors.

Here are some of the GMHC services currently available for long-term survivors. Services with an * require people to register as a GMHC client.

 

THE TERRY BRENNEIS HUB FOR LONG-TERM SURVIVORS —The Hub is designated as a central contact point for long-term survivors seeking information about current services, connecting them to resources and supporting them in their efforts to lead healthy and rewarding lives by enhancing social support networks. For more information, contact Gregg Bruckno (212) 367-1063 or  LTSHub@gmhc.org, or Eduardo Pina (212) 367-1233 or EduardoP@gmhc.orgse habla Español.  

 

BUDDY PROGRAM* —The Buddy Program connects clients weekly with Buddy volunteers who provide social support. With a Buddy, activities like having a cup of coffee, taking a walk in the park, or visiting a museum can help break the isolation—among other emotions—that can be felt when living with HIV/AIDS. For more information, contact Susan Rowley at (212) 367-1054 or SusanR@gmhc.org.

 

HOTLINE The Hotline is open Monday-Friday, 2:006:00 PM, and provides a safe space to discuss a wide range of concerns. Trained volunteers provide emotional support with compassion and without judgment. The Hotline provides information about sexual health topics such as HIV/AIDS, STIs, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), as well as resources for testing, healthcare, benefits, and counseling. One-time, face-to-face peer counseling is also available. For more information, contact the Hotline (800) 243-7692 or hotline@gmhc.org.

 

CARL JACOBS MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC The Mental Health Clinic provides individual, group, and family counseling services to clients 50+, which are always tailored to the client’s unique presentation of needs and guided by treatment plans that are collaboratively developed. Common issues addressed by our mental health team involve adjustment to change, depression, anxiety, loss, grief, relationships, addictions, and body image/esteem. Our Mental Health Clinic also offers long-term survivor support groups during the week. For more information, contact (212) 367-1225 or mhs@gmhc.org.

 

SUPPORTIVE COUNSELING (SCG)* — SCG focuses on linkage, retention, and maintenance to care through a collaborative approach utilizing individual, group-level, and spiritual-based counseling to address social and emotional issues. For more information, contact Annel Gomez at (212) 367-1230 or AnnelG@gmhc.org.

 

THE BARBERSHOP * — The Barbershop is an intergenerational support group for men who have sex with other men through skills-building, increasing peer support, and fostering positive relationships. Attendees are provided with incentives such as MetroCards and refreshments. For more information, contact Durell Knights at (212) 367-1388 or DurrellK@gmhc.org, or Ernesto Zagar at (212) 367-1093 or ErnestoZ@gmhc.org.

 

SUBSTANCE USE CLINIC — The Substance Use Clinic provides safe and nonjudgmental services to help guide one toward a healthier well-being. Past traumas, low self-esteem, peer pressure, stress, and other challenges can be tough to deal withespecially in New York City. The clinic helps people to understand their relationship to alcohol and substances, and how to reduce personal harm. Psychiatry is offered to explore pharmacotherapy as an additional intervention to help achieve personal goals. For more information, contact (212) 367-1260 or sas@gmhc.org.

 

LEGAL SERVICES The Legal Services Department helps New York City residents living with HIV/AIDS with a range of civil legal issues including wills, advance directives, employment issues, social security benefits, entitlements, HIV discrimination, landlord-tenant matters, bankruptcy concerns, and immigration problems. For more information, contact (212) 367-1134 or legal@gmhc.org.

 

ADVOCACY AND BENEFITS* — The Client Advocacy Unit assists people living with HIV/AIDS in navigating their health care benefits and entitlement questions. For more information, contact the GMHC Client Advocacy Helpline, Monday–Friday 2:00–5:30 PM, at (212) 367-1125.

 

MEALS PROGRAM* The Meals Program provides nutritionally balanced hot lunches Monday-Thursday, and hot dinners on Friday. For more information, contact (212) 367-1273.


NUTRITION EDUCATION* The Nutrition Education Program offers food pantry services, nutrition counseling, nutrition groups, cooking classes, body mass assessments, and information about herbs and supplements. For more information, contact (212) 367-1421.

 

THE KEITH HARING FOOD PANTRY PROGRAM* — The Food Pantry Program provides nutritional counseling and distributes hundreds of food packages per month that are specifically tailored to meet the unique nutritional needs of HIV-positive individuals. If a GMHC client runs out of food, we can provide an emergency food package. For more information, contact (212) 367-1263.

 

WELLNESS SERVICES* — The Wellness Program offers a wide variety of complementary therapies and services including yoga, massage therapy, exercise, various art classes and creative writing workshops, crochet/ knitting classes, haircuts, and special events. For more information, contact (212) 367-1421.

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM*   The Workforce Development Program provides job readiness, placement, and retention services for those who are interested in entering or returning to the workforce.  The MATCH Program provides employment and retention services. The RISE program provides employment and retention services for people receiving benefits through HRA’s HASA program. For more information, contact (212) 367-1030.

In addition to these programs, GMHC is also home to many outside groups that may offer support to non-GMHC clients. For long-term survivors, Friends in Deed meets on Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 PM. For more information, contact the group facilitator at FID@gmhc.org. Note: All new group members should email the facilitator before attending their first meeting.