There are 35,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the Garden State. Hence, many AIDS service organizations across the state offer their clients a variety of programs and services related to HIV/AIDS prevention and education. Among these AIDS service organizations, Buddies of New Jersey, Inc. stands out.
As one of New Jersey AIDS Walk sponsors, Buddies provides vital help to the HIV/AIDS community in the state. Some of the many services and programs provided by Buddies include free Rapid HIV testing, oral care and mental health services, medical and non-medical case management, substance abuse programs, housing opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS and who find themselves homeless, a toll-free help line for New Jersey residents, and non-perishable food through food banks. In addition, ever since 1985, Buddies of New Jersey has provided year-round transportation throughout Bergen and Passaic counties to clients in need of medical services.
It’s important to mention that the organization also offers housing services. The Robert A. Harrison House, located on the grounds of Bergen Regional Medical Center, provides help to HIV-positive New Jersey residents who need assisted living facilities.
These services would not be possible without the tireless work of a dedicated staff, led by Buddies of New Jersey Executive Director, Mark Anderson. He joined the organization in 2007 as a volunteer and became Buddies’ office manager only one year later. Anderson is also the chair of New Jersey Buddies AIDS Walk.
More information about services and programs offered by Buddies of New Jerse is online at www.njbuddies.org.