Our September 2015 Newsletter is now online!

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At the Gainesville Area AIDS Project, we offer an alcohol and drug free safe haven where people with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones can gather in a friendly atmosphere free from discrimination and stigma to enjoy each other's company and help stay abreast of the development of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We serve lunch on Tuesdays. There is never a charge. We also welcome ideas for social events or get togethers in addition to those which are regularly scheduled.

Frankly, we are never sure what a day at GAAP will include. We know there will be food, fun, lots of talk. But sometimes we've added videos, music, and cards. Hugs are always guaranteed!

A Brief History

GAAP was started in September of 1993 when around 25 Persons Living With AIDS (PLWAs), caregivers, and friends joined together to consider the unmet needs of PLWAs in the Gainesville area. Two factors quickly became apparent -- people wanted a location where they could go for support and social activities, and they wanted to avoid the hassles of paperwork!

By December of 1993, GAAP had begun a drop-in center at Trinity United Methodist Church, meeting on Tuesdays and Fridays for brown bag lunches, games, and hugs from the "Mothers of GAAP."

GAAP is open one day a week on Tuesdays for lunch from 11am to 1pm. GAAP is also open every 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am to 11am for distribution of living necessities. We are located in the Liberty Center at 3131 NW 13th Street in Gainesville.

GAAP is run solely by volunteers and has no paid staff. We have no federal or state grants and rely solely on the generosity of the community for our financial needs. We publish a newsletter, which is mailed to over 500 addresses. Another 100 are distributed throughout the community.

Board Meetings

Our Board meetings are at 1:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. All persons willing to help our cause are invited to attend any of our board meetings. We also welcome volunteers anytime to help us with our regular events and generally to help out around the place.

Contact Us

For more information about GAAP, please email us at info@gaaponline.org or call 352-373-4227.