Case Management provided at ASF is designed to enhance independence and increase the overall quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. It is also intended to help clients identify their needs and to overcome the obstacles they may face in obtaining services.

Among the services ASF case managers can help clients access are:

  • Medical Care
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Mental Health Services
  • Benefits Counseling
  • Transportation
  • Medication Assistance
  • Home Health Care


Eligibility Criteria for Case Management
How to Enroll

Maintaining a healthy weight is essential when living with HIV/AIDS.  ASF’s Food Pantry and Nutritional Program provides qualified clients with high quality ingredients for meal preparation and supplements.

One of the services an ASF case manager may recommend for a client is ASF’s Food Pantry and Nutritional Support Program.  Through this program qualified clients are provided groceries, vitamins and dietary supplements for people living with HIV/AIDS. ASF operates a Food Pantry at its Irvine office.  Volunteers pack food boxes for ASF clients to either pick up or have delivered.  Each box contains ingredients for about two weeks’ worth of meals.

Through its Nutritional Supplements program, ASF provides Ensure Plus®, used to aid in retaining a healthy weight.  These products are provided based on client needs.

ASF’s Food Pantry’s hours of operation are:

  • Tuesday 12:00PM until 4:30PM
  • Wednesday 9:00AM until 1:00PM and 4PM until 7PM
  • Thursday 12:00PM until 7PM (new extended hours on Thursdays)
  • Friday 9:00AM until 1:00PM
  • Closed Monday, Weekends and Holidays

To learn more about ASF’s Food Pantry & Nutritional Programs, please contact us.

ASF provides a range of housing-related services to help people with HIV disease maintain adequate housing.   Through the years, the agency has adapted its housing program in order to meet the changing needs of our clients.

If eligible, ASF provides clients with financial assistance for rent and mortgage payments, help with utilities, rental deposits and emergency and transitional housing.  The STAR program (Short-Term Assistance for Rent) makes available direct rental subsidies to landlords on behalf of qualified persons with HIV/AIDS and their families.

To learn more about ASF’s various Housing Assistance programs please review the following PDF versions of our housing publications or contact the Housing Assistance program at 949-809-5783.

The rising cost of gasoline and the expense of maintaining a car have caused many of ASF’s clients to seek out more affordable transportation to medical and social service appointments.   ASF provides a range of transportation services to qualified clients.

ASF makes available a variety of transportation programs as determined by established criteria and client needs.  Among these services are the following which are provided for qualified medical and social service appointments.

  • Pick up and drop off trips in ASF operated vans.
  • Rides on Orange County Public Transportation buses using ACCESS coupons.
  • Taxi rides arranged by the ASF Transportation Supervisor

Title VI Information and Forms

All transportation services are arranged and approved in advance.  To learn more, contact us.

ASF also provides mental health services to clients with HIV disease and their families.  This includes individual and group counseling sessions, as appropriate for each client.

ASF understands that people affected or infected by HIV/AIDS often have limited resources and few places to turn for programs such as mental health counseling. The agency makes individual and group counseling available to client and families. These services are provided free and made available by licensed therapists and psychologists.

To learn more about ASF’s Mental Health Services please contact us.

ASF staff and volunteers provide a wide range of activities through this program such as the annual Family Camp and Kids Club.   Made possible by the Wilbur May Foundation, ASF provides families with resources to better cope with HIV disease.  This includes recreational activities as well as financial assistance. Examples include:

  • Family Camp, an annual free event held the last weekend in August, is a wonderful opportunity for families to get away and enjoy a range of recreational style activities such as canoeing, archery, crafts and camp fire “sing a-longs”.
  • Free passes to area amusement parks and facilities so families can enjoy time together.
  • Back to school supplies such as back packs and gift cards to purchase new clothes and shoes for return to school last fall.
  • New toys, clothing, electronics and gift cards during the holidays are made available to kids living with HIV disease in their families.
  • ASF’s Enrichment Program which allows children to participate in community education, sports or academic enrichment courses in their neighborhood.
  • The Emergency Infant Fund provided funds for basic infant needs like car seats, diapers, formula for clients that need assistance making ends meet.
  • Through Kids Club, children and teens who are affected or infected by HIV/AIDS can gather each week to talk about their concerns or just have fun in a safe and supportive environment created by ASF. Recreational activities, crafts and day trips together provide children with opportunities many cannot afford because of the toll the disease takes on a family.

To learn more about ASF’s Family Programs, including Kids Club, contact us.

ASF offers a wide range of informational, educational and recreational activities for clients and their families. Please check the activities calendar to confirm the times and dates for the following ASF-supported programs.

 

Spanish Language Women’s Support Groups
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Open to HIV+ women and other women affected by
HIV/AIDS. Contact Armida Acosta at (949) 809-5798
for information.

 

Kids Club
Thursdays 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
A closed support group for kids 6-14 with a parent or family
member with HIV/AIDS. Contact Ana Mora at (949) 809-5710
for information.

 

Positive “U”
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
A different topic each session presented in English.  Click here for September workshops.
No admittance after 10:45 a.m. Contact Rosa Tavarez at (949) 809-5781 for information.

 

Viviendo Positivamente
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Different topics at each session are presented in Spanish. Click here for September workshops.  No admittance after 10:45 a.m. Contact Rosa Tavarez at (949) 809-5781 for information.

La Casita
Thursdays, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Open to Spanish-speaking men and women, this class covers
self-improvement topics such as depression, self-esteem, anger, relationships etc.
Contact Armida Acosta at (949) 809-5798 for information.

Listed below is information on other helpful agencies for clients and families along with links to their respective websites.

National Runaway Switchboard
www.1800runaway.org
Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home.

Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home.

Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about youth homelessness or the reality of life on the streets.

Our 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. It’s anonymous, confidential and free. 1-800-RUNAWAY.

Our services are provided in part through funding from Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.