FAP was founded in 1987 by a group of concerned residents who were driven to help their friends and loved ones stricken by HIV/AIDS who had nowhere else to turn and could no longer work full-time. In a group member's living room, this band of Samaritans pooled their own resources to help with buying groceries, rides to the doctor, paying utility bills, and feeding pets.
As the HIV/AIDS epidemic evolved, so did FAP services. At the start of the epidemic, HIV was considered a death sentence. Services were designed to provide emergency measures to keep people housed, relatively healthy, and comfortable. Thanks to advances in medication and treatment, people are living much longer with HIV/AIDS. FAP's services focus on HIV as a chronic disease that needs regular and pro-active management, much like diabetes, hypertension, and others.
FAP now offers a full spectrum of integrated programs and services in three counties that empower clients to manage their own long-term health goals. Integrated treatment and chronic care management, paired with stable housing planning and outreach provide many tools for people living with HIV/AIDS to live longer, healthier, and more stable lives.