Albany Damien Center

Albany Damien Center The Albany Damien Center is a community center for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
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The Damien Center's mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS in an affirming environment and to reduce new infections in the communities we serve. We envision a community where people with HIV/AIDS achieve their desired potential and are respected as coworkers neighbors and friends, while striving for an HIV free generation.

Mission: The Albany Damien Center's Mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS in an affirming environment and to reduce new infections in the communities we serve.

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to...
07/30/2020

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to our staff and members beginning at 4pm. They are focusing on Fr. Damien while and you can learn more about us, and him, here: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/our-history.html.

Please join us in participating in the United Way of the Greater Capital Region's 21 Day Equity Challenge and commit to ...
07/28/2020

Please join us in participating in the United Way of the Greater Capital Region's 21 Day Equity Challenge and commit to deepening your understanding of, and willingness to confront racism, bias and other social inequities.

https://www.unitedwaygcr.org/EquityChallenge

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to...
07/28/2020

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to our staff and members beginning at 4pm. They are focusing on Fr. Damien while and you can learn more about us, and him, here: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/our-history.html.

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to...
07/23/2020

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to our staff and members beginning at 4pm. They are focusing on Fr. Damien while and you can learn more about us, and him, here: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/our-history.html.

Why did the cucumber need an attorney? It was in a pickle! Thank you, Eric Schadow, for sharing your garden's bounty wit...
07/22/2020

Why did the cucumber need an attorney? It was in a pickle! Thank you, Eric Schadow, for sharing your garden's bounty with us.

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to...
07/21/2020

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to our staff and members beginning at 4pm. They are focusing on Fr. Damien while and you can learn more about us, and him, here: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/our-history.html.

Representative John Lewis, civil rights leader and House member passed away late Friday night. He was often thought of a...
07/20/2020

Representative John Lewis, civil rights leader and House member passed away late Friday night. He was often thought of as “one of the greatest heroes of American history.” Read why by learning more about him here:

https://johnlewis.house.gov/john-lewis/biography

Albany Damien Center's cover photo
07/20/2020

Albany Damien Center's cover photo

The MPower! program aims to improve the health, wellbeing, and quality of life for ​LGB & TGNB individuals and families....
07/17/2020

The MPower! program aims to improve the health, wellbeing, and quality of life for ​LGB & TGNB individuals and families. Participants DO NOT have to be impacted by HIV and AIDS to receive help. Call Ryan or Teri at 518-449-7119.

TAKE ACTION! Tell legislators in Albany to include the Repeal #WalkingWhileTrans Ban bill in legislation they will take ...
07/16/2020

TAKE ACTION! Tell legislators in Albany to include the Repeal #WalkingWhileTrans Ban bill in legislation they will take up when they reconvene!

Text WALK to 50409 to send an automated email! @repealwwt

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to...
07/16/2020

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to our staff and members beginning at 4pm. They are focusing on Fr. Damien while and you can learn more about us, and him, here: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/our-history.html.

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07/15/2020

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Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to...
07/14/2020

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to our staff and members beginning at 4pm. They are focusing on Fr. Damien while and you can learn more about us, and him, here: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/our-history.html.

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07/13/2020

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07/12/2020

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07/10/2020
WMHT Public Media

Our very own Teri Wilhelm shares a bit of her story. She is busy making a difference through the MPower! program. We are fortunate to have you on our team, Teri. Thank you for being you.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2736055216629281

Teri Wilhelm, a Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Employment Navigator, said her coming out had to happen due to a large amount of stress that had been inside of her. She talks about how her wife found out, the transition process, intrusive questions, and how resources like the Albany Damien Center are available to help. More at: wmht.org/outinalbany

We would like to extend a special thank you to Jim Larsen for coordinating this donation of Easter-themed tableware from...
07/10/2020

We would like to extend a special thank you to Jim Larsen for coordinating this donation of Easter-themed tableware from Williams Sonoma. If you would like to add some of these items to your collection, be sure to watch for our 2020 Hero Award on-line auction in September!

A new report by the International AIDS Society, as health services around the world continue to focus their resources on...
07/10/2020
Coronavirus pandemic could mean 1 million extra deaths from other diseases, experts warn

A new report by the International AIDS Society, as health services around the world continue to focus their resources on the coronavirus pandemic, they threaten to derail decades of hard-won progress in the response to HIV, TB and many other diseases.

Let's commit to continuing our efforts to End the AIDS Epidemic during the COVID crisis by continuing to support agencies like the Albany Damien Center that provide HIV testing, treatment, and prevention for the most vulnerable populations! #ETE

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/06/health/death-toll-other-diseases-pandemic-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

As health services around the world continue to focus their resources on ending the coronavirus pandemic, they threaten to derail decades of hard-won progress in the response to HIV, tuberculosis and many other diseases, global health experts warn.

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to...
07/09/2020

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to our staff and members beginning at 4pm. They are focusing on Fr. Damien while and you can learn more about us, and him, here: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/our-history.html.

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to...
07/07/2020

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to our staff and members beginning at 4pm. They are focusing on Fr. Damien while and you can learn more about us, and him, here: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/our-history.html.

Timeline Photos
07/06/2020

Timeline Photos

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07/04/2020

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Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to...
07/02/2020

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to our staff and members beginning at 4pm. They are focusing on Fr. Damien while and you can learn more about us, and him, here: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/our-history.html.

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to...
06/30/2020

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to our staff and members beginning at 4pm. They are focusing on Fr. Damien while and you can learn more about us, and him, here: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/our-history.html.

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to...
06/25/2020

Reiki practitioners Alice Mazur, Harry Denkers, and Regina Dew, and friends, are sending Distant Reiki Healing Energy to our staff and members beginning at 4pm. They are focusing on Fr. Damien while and you can learn more about us, and him, here: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/our-history.html.

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728 Madison Ave, Suite 100
Albany, NY
12208-3302

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 18:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:30
Thursday 08:00 - 18:30
Friday 08:00 - 18:30

Telephone

(518) 449-7119

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Imagine a place where a hot meal is being prepared for you in the kitchen, a place where you feel a part of a family. Imagine a place where people greet you and warmly ask how you are doing. Imagine a place buzzing with the sounds of conversation and laughter, a place where you’re accepted for who you are. You meet people like yourself whom you can trust to help you learn how to take better care of yourself, because you’ve realized that it’s never too late to be what you might have been - and that it is time to stop living like we are dying of HIV and AIDS. Welcome to the Albany Damien Center – we’re so glad you’re here!

The Albany Damien Center provides a resource center, programs, and activities for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS in an affirming environment and to reduce new infections in the communities we serve. Our vision is a community where people with HIV/AIDS achieve their desired potential and are respected as coworkers neighbors and friends, while striving for an HIV free generation.

The Albany Damien Center opened in 1988 and was incorporated in 1990 as the first AIDS drop-in center in the United States. Named after Saint Damien of Molokai, who ministered to people with leprosy in the late 1800s , The Damien Center is not a faith-based organization, yet invites persons from all religious and spiritual organizations to participate in helping with Center services.

From November 1988 to September 1998, the Damien Center was located at Grace & Holy Innocents Church on the corner of Robin and Clinton Avenue in Albany. In September 1998, the Albany Damien Center purchased the property at 12 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 12203 which served as the agency headquarters and program site until a fire destroyed the building and its contents on August 29, 2013. We relocated to the First Lutheran Church at 646 State Street, Albany, NY, where we offered our full range of services without interruption while building our new Damien Center.

On November 6, 2017. The Albany Damien Center moved to its new 26,000 building located at 728 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY, just two blocks down from the former Damien Center. The new $5.6 million building serves as our agency headquarters and offers drop-in programs in a warm, comfortable setting for over 400 people living with HIV and AIDS annually. The site also has 20 apartments utilizing a housing-first model for 22 people living with HIV/AIDS who were homeless. This project is made possible from a $4.3 million grant from OTDA’s Homeless Housing & Assistance Program and funding from the fire insurance settlement and fundraising. The Albany Damien Center opened its second site in Schenectady in November 2014 with collaboration from Schenectady Inner City Ministries.

The Albany Damien Center program areas include the AIDS Community Center (est. 1990), Treasure Chest Thrift Shop (1999), Smart Meals (2001), PAWS (2003), Foundations for Living (2012), and Mpower Albany (2014). The Albany Damien Center serves the upstate New York region in communities located in Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Green, Hamilton, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington Counties.

The Damien Center employs 40 staff members and utilizes over 85 volunteers each year to deliver services in a caring, trauma-informed, grassroots approach. Since 1999, Perry Junjulas, Executive Director and person living with AIDS who first came to the Damien Center in 1995 for help, has led the organization and has encouraged active participation by people living with HIV and AIDS in all areas of program service delivery.

The AIDS Community Center Program provides drop in programs including HIV+ peer-led access to care, supportive counseling, HIV prevention support groups, holistic therapies (massage, Reiki, spiritual care), HIV/AIDS information resources, computer access, consumer advocacy, and opportunities for social and recreational activities. The Treasure Chest Thrift Store provides vocational training opportunities, and clothing, furniture, and household items for clients in need. Smart Meals combines nutrition education with well-balanced nutritious hot meals prepared on site, grocery bags, and food vouchers to local supermarkets. PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support) provides task, financial, and informational assistance to pet owners living with HIV/AIDS to ensure that they are not separated from their animal companions when they need each other the most. Foundations for Living, helps individuals living with HIV/AIDS gain employment, vocational training, and stable housing. Mpower Albany, located at ROCKS, 77 Central Ave, second floor, Albany, provides prevention services and a drop-in center for young men of color (ages 18-34) who have sex with men.

In 2016, The Albany Damien Center served over 400 individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their affected members of their support system who are not accessing HIV medical treatment and supportive care services and have limited social supports. Our members typically are living in severe poverty, are unstably housed, have co-morbid health conditions (mental health, substance use disorder, trauma, et.al), suffer from the continued HIV stigma present today, and have inadequate or nonexistent psychosocial supports. They do not access medical nutritional therapy, have food insecurity, and possess little knowledge of food safety or nutrition.

The Damien Center is a unique resource in our Northeastern New York community for people living with and at risk for HIV/STI/hepatitis. We provide programs in a comfortable, trauma-informed, and supportive HIV+ peer-led environment using a health and wellness education model. Our client-centered approach addresses the physical, psychological, and environmental impacts on an individual’s overall health. Staff understand the barriers and issues faced by people living with HIV/AIDS and deliver programs utilizing a culturally sensitive, client focused, harm reduction approach. We work to ensure each person has unfettered access to the life enriching treatment and support they deserve, ensuring HIV prevention in the process.


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Dear Members and Staff of the Albany Damien Center, Harry, Alice and Regina will be sending distant Reiki healing today, April 16, 2020 at 4 PM. If you set your intention to receive it, and use it for your highest good, it will be sent to you.
Re member....Reiki healing today at 4PM...just tune into Father Damien's picture to receive...for 20 minutes....
Dear Members and Staff of the Albany Damien Center, Harry Denkers, Alice and Robert Mazur and Regina Dew will be sending Reiki Healing (physical, mental and spiritual) every Tuesday and Thursday at 4PM, for 20 minutes. All you have to do is set your intention to receive the healing energy and use it for your highest good. All workers in our local hospitals will be included in this transmission You may focus on a picture of Father Damien, if you wish. Love to all.
Nice story about Perry on Channel 10 news at 6pm today.
looking forward to the 6 pm news story on tv tonight, on ch 10 I believe...
Someone I know is a supporter.
Thanks Tony Green
Sometimes the stuff that goes on behind the scenes isn't all flowers and cotton candy. Fire drills at 12:30 in the morning.
Looking forward to raising money for your great organization!