See what your dollars can do:

$3.00 provides an all day bus pass for someone living with HIV.

$4.75 provides 25 pounds of food for an individual living with HIV through our agency services.

$9.50 provides 50 pounds of food for a household of 2 or more through our agency services (at least one person in household is HIV positive).

$150 provides eye glasses for someone living with HIV that does not have optical insurance coverage.

$250 provides a medical appointment for a medical provider to treat someone newly diagnosed.

$262 provides preliminary costs of CD4 and viral load lab draw for a client without insurance.

$1000 provides emergency housing for two months for someone living with HIV.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Northeast Indiana Positive Resource Connection is to prevent new cases of HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis and STDs and advance a compassionate and stigma-free community response.

The Positive Resource Connection proudly serves the following counties in Northeast Indiana: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.
Outreach Services - Programs | Print |

Staff and volunteers involved in the Outreach Services Department take the team approach by working together in each of the programs so the Positive Resource Connection can better serve the community and reduce the risk of HIV infection in northeast Indiana. To meet this need, PRC has several programs under the Outreach Services Department that provide HIV prevention education and HIV testing, prevention, and counseling to targeted at-risk populations in Allen County as well as ten additional counties surrounding Allen.

TheGeneral Outreach program provides education, awareness, and outreach to any group or organization wanting information on HIV/STD and ViralHepatitis. General Outreach programs include HIV 101, up-to-date statistics, 1-on-1 educations, abstinence only or abstinence plus, or educational parties done in home.

The Youth Empowerment program works with youth between the ages of 13 and 19 on issues surrounding HIV and STD's, and unplanned pregnancy. The program is designed to empower youth by providing them with accurate information about HIV and STDs and supporting them in an effort to reduce their risk for the future. The youth program is a multi-session program conducted over an eight-week period that educates youth on the risks associated with HIV and STD infection and unplanned pregnancy by providing them with accurate information about HIV/STDs and personalizing this information to motivate change; training them in behavioral skills for implementing healthy decision making; and teaching and reinforcing skills to build competence, communication, and self-esteem.

The Rural Outreach program works with persons most at-risk in ten counties outside of Allen County in northeast Indiana. The rural program provides HIV prevention education, HIV testing and HIV prevention counseling in communities where many people have limited access, at best, to accurate information about HIV transmission and prevention and virtually no access to HIV testing. The rural program is particularly important in combating this disease because it identifies those individuals who are infected with HIV but are unaware of their status so they can access care coordination services offered by PRC; and it provides HIV prevention education and AIDS awareness programs so that persons living in these counties are better equipped to make healthy decisions which will reduce the likelihood of HIV infection, thereby protecting the public health in these communities.

The Women At-Risk program works all women who are living in Allen County. This program provides women with the facts surrounding HIV, provides conscious recognition of their own behaviors, familiarizes them with condoms and condom usage, and provides women with the skills to negotiate safer sex practices with their partners. Through this program, PRC can bring women together to discuss often difficult topics in safe and open atmosphere where they feel comfortable discussing their own personal issues and where their needs and feelings are understood. HIV testing and harm reduction counseling is also offered.

The Allen County Outreach program works with persons who are most at-risk for HIV infection. The Allen County Outreach program provides HIV prevention education, HIV testing and HIV prevention counseling to agencies/organizations serving persons at an increased risk for HIV such as drug and alcohol treatment centers, shelters, group homes, departments of corrections, and alternative learning centers. Like the rural program, the Allen County Outreach program is also important in combating this disease because it identifies those individuals who are infected with HIV but are unaware of their status so they can access care coordination services offered by PRC; and it provides HIV prevention education and AIDS awareness programs so that persons living in Allen County are better equipped to make healthy decisions which will reduce the likelihood of HIV infection, thereby protecting the public health in the community.

The Community Outreach program is a service of PRC due tothe generosity of the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis. PRC provides testing in various community based sites and continues to search for opportunities to expand testing in populations heavily impacted by new HIV infection. All testing is done using the OraQuick test which is an oral test that identifies presence of antibodies for HIV. Results of the OraQuick test take only 20 minutes. No blood, no pain, no overly-long wait. PRC believes that the ease of testing is an effective tool in reducing infection rates and bringing HIV infected people the care they need. Anyone who is interested in being tested for HIV should contact PRC at 260-744-1144 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Food Pantry

We are always in need of non-perishable goods for our food pantry: soup, canned fruits & vegetables, pasta, sauce, peanut butter, canned meats, rice, hot cereal, and toiletries.

Please drop off groceries at the office any weekday between 8:30AM and 5PM. Thank you!

Getting Here

The Positive Resource Connection is located at 525 Oxford Street, Fort Wayne, IN. Please click here for driving directions or for the Citilink bus schedule.

Disclaimer

Since HIV is spread primarily through sexual practices or sharing needles, prevention messages on this site may address those topics. HIV prevention materials funded by CDC must be approved by local program review panels, however the materials may be considered graphic by some viewers.