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Jonathan Vernick Steps Down as Executive Director of Baker Places, Inc.

Jonathan Vernick announces his retirement as executive director of Baker Places, effective March 31, 2017.

Jonathan Vernick, executive director of Baker Places, Inc. (BP), a San Francisco-based nonprofit which provides a comprehensive array of residential treatment services to people with mental health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS-related issues, today announced he will be stepping down from the organization as of March 31, 2017.

San Francisco-based Positive Resource Center (PRC), a nonprofit whose mission is to assist people living with HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities, announced its agreement to combine with BP in June 2016. AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF), an emergency financial assistance provider for low-income residents affected by HIV/AIDS, completed its merger with PRC in August 2016 and retains its name and identity as a program of PRC.

Vernick, who’s been with BP for 34 years, was originally slated to retire on October 31, 2016, but extended his stay until March 31, 2017 to ensure all the requirements of the merger were fulfilled. Brett Andrews, who previously served as PRC’s executive director, is now CEO of the newly combined organization.

"I’ve worked for Baker Places for more than half my life and, for those who may feel inclined to express their gratitude for this, please hold your applause,” said Vernick. “Every employee of Baker Places and every other community agency knows that we are the true beneficiaries of the work we do. Staff and clients are members of a larger community bound by belief, by hope and by the unknowable possibilities for all the tomorrows yet to come."

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Positive Resource Center (PRC) Partners with AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation (AWSFF) As a Lead Beneficiary of July 16 AIDS Walk SF Event

AIDS Walk San Francisco names Positive Resource Center a lead beneficiary

Positive Resource Center (PRC), a San Francisco-based nonprofit whose mission is to assist people living with HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities, and the AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation (AWSFF) today announced PRC as a lead beneficiary of AIDS Walk San Francisco. AWSFF, the governing body of AIDS Walk San Francisco, will distribute up to $80,000 to PRC, which will be raised by AIDS Walk participants. In addition, AIDS Walk participants will raise funds to benefit other vital HIV/AIDS service providers throughout the Bay Area.

"We’re thrilled to be recognized as one of this year’s AIDS Walk San Francisco lead beneficiaries," said Brett Andrews, PRC’s chief executive officer. "From healthcare access and stable housing to employment opportunities and various emergency funding needs, these vital funds are key to our ability to continue providing services for HIV/AIDS clients across San Francisco."

"We couldn’t be happier to welcome longtime AIDS Walk partner, Positive Resource Center, as a lead beneficiary of this year’s event," said AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation Board Chair, Serafina Palandech. "In today’s political climate, the demand for powerful advocates for those who are most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS is especially great. We are proud that AIDS Walk San Francisco will help strengthen those efforts in 2017."

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and Black History Month Power, Passion & Compassion

By Brett Andrews, February 2017

As we recognize Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and Black History Month, I’m reminded of how privileged I am to have spent the last 25 years of my professional life working in the non-profit sector. Though my efforts encounter many challenges, those challenges are outweighed by the reward of seeing so many people committed to shaping and reshaping their lives in ways they might not have otherwise imagined.

For the past 14 years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as the CEO of Positive Resource Center (PRC), which provides an array of support services to those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. We at PRC believe everyone deserves an advocate – and an opportunity.

With more than half of all new HIV infections occurring within the African-American community, we do not have the luxury of passively waiting for help or only choosing to have polite discussion. We have to be ever-vigilant, proactive, and informed. We must aggressively address the socio-economic factors that impact good health and well-being, such as access to quality healthcare, culturally appropriate services, stable housing, and access to nutritious food. We know there is no single strategy that can effectively address the myriad of issues that come with the prevention and care of HIV/AIDS. We’ll need the help and support of the broad base of our community, which includes our churches and educational institutions. Let us all begin to take more active steps toward educating ourselves, and then exercise the courage to hold each other accountable.

It is my fervent hope that we find new and lasting ways of showing up for ourselves and extending compassion to those who may not look or behave like us. It is for these reasons I choose to celebrate life, to have no regrets, to challenge myself on all fronts, to confront my fears, and delight in my accomplishments. In short, I want to understand myself that I might better understand and accept others. As a hopeful and hopeless romantic, I will always succumb to the love I have for mankind. I am both foolish and wise enough to trust that man will continue to make mistakes, yet, in the face of unforeseen strife, step forth and rise to new heights of human kindness and love. In my seemingly endless quest to love more, I see myself as an ever-evolving paradigm that seeks to set the standard and then challenges to break it.

I was once told, “Honey, I can only love you as much as you love yourself.” Let’s stop allowing our insides to be measured by someone’s outside. Don’t narrowly define yourself by arbitrary, fleeting and material things. Let the goodness of your heart emanate from within. Trust me, all the right people will see it, feel it and know it.

As an African-American man, I’m keenly aware of the challenges we face, certainly now more than ever. We have been here before and we succeeded. I know that change is in the air and change represents hope. I encourage us all to double down on our efforts as we seek to redirect this nation’s attention toward addressing the inequities so many African-Americans and others experience daily. On this day, National HIV/AIDS Awareness day, I send you power, passion and compassion. Onward!

Positive Resource Center (PRC) Expands Executive Team, Hiring Gayle Roberts as Chief Development Officer and Demetri Moshoyannis as Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships

Gayle Roberts, PRC's Cheif Development Officer and Demetri Moyshoyannis, PRC's Managing Director of Partnerships

Positive Resource Center (PRC), a San Francisco-based nonprofit whose mission is to assist people living with HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities, today announced the appointment of Gayle Roberts as chief development officer and Demetri Moshoyannis as managing director of strategic partnerships. Both will leverage their combined 40 years of nonprofit expertise to further expand PRC’s services. The organization recently announced its merger with AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF), an emergency financial assistance provider for low-income residents disabled by HIV/AIDS and Baker Places (BP), which provides a comprehensive array of residential treatment services to people with mental health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS-related issues.

As chief development officer, Roberts is responsible for strategic planning, organizational development, managing day-to-day operations and overseeing all of PRC’s fundraising activities. She brings both strong tactical and strategic expertise in several areas, including corporate relationships, financial planning and fundraising.

Moyshoyannis, as managing director of strategic partnerships, oversees developing partner networks, strategic partnerships, growing PRC’s donor base, negotiating partner contracts and ensuring internal support across the organization.

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Positive Resource Center Honors Baker Places, Inc. and AIDS Emergency Fund at Annual “Windows of Opportunity” Gala Oct. 12 at San Francisco’s City Club

Positive Resource Center Celebrates ‘Window of Opportunity’ Fundraiser on Oct. 12 at The City Club of San Francisco

Positive Resource Center (PRC), a San Francisco-based nonprofit whose mission is to assist people living with HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities, celebrates its signature annual fundraiser ‘Windows of Opportunity’ on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at The City Club of San Francisco. This year, PRC will honor Baker Places, Inc. (BP) and AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF) with the Community Legacy Award for their many years of outstanding contributions to the community. The event includes cocktails, appetizers, dessert, music and a silent auction in an art deco ambience.

PRC recently announced its merger with Baker Places and AIDS Emergency Fund. BP provides a comprehensive array of residential treatment services to people with mental health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS-related issues. AEF provides emergency financial assistance provider for low-income residents disabled by HIV/AIDS.

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Positive Resource Center (PRC) and AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF) Announce Merger Approval

Brett Andrews, Positive Resource Center's executive director, to become CEO of newly consolidated organization, and Sandra Nathan, executive director of AIDS Emergency Fund (Photos courtesy of Terrence McCarthy)

Positive Resource Center (PRC), a San Francisco-based nonprofit whose mission is to assist people living with HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities, today announced the approval of its merger with Emergency Fund (AEF), an emergency financial assistance provider for low-income residents disabled by HIV/AIDS. This new partnership comes on the heels of June’s approval of a merger between PRC and Baker Places (BP), a local nonprofit which provides a comprehensive array of residential treatment services to people with mental health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS-related issues.

The combination between PRC, AEF and BP is subject to customary closing conditions, including notice and consent requirements under applicable regulations. With a combined 115-year history of service, approximately 5,000 people will benefit from these consolidations by bringing multiple, like-minded services “under one roof” and placing clients’ needs front and center.

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Positive Resource Center (PRC) and Baker Places (BP) Announce Merger;
PRC and AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF) Explore Partnership

Positive Resource Center (PRC), a San Francisco-based nonprofit whose mission is to assist people living with HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities, today announced its agreement to combine with local nonprofit Baker Places (BP), which provides a comprehensive array of residential treatment services to people with mental health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS-related issues. PRC also announced that it is exploring a deeper collaboration with AIDS Emergency Fund (AEF), an emergency financial assistance provider for low-income residents disabled by HIV/AIDS, which could also result in a merger of AEF and PRC. The boards of BP and PRC unanimously approved the combinations. The closing of the combination between PRC and BP is subject to customary closing conditions, including notice and consent requirements under applicable regulations. With a combined 115-year history of service, approximately 5,000 clients would benefit directly from these consolidations by bringing multiple, like-minded services.

Following the combinations, the PRC, BP and AEF operations would conduct business as Positive Resource Center and would have an aggregate annual budget of $20 million. Brett Andrews, PRC’s current executive director, would be CEO of the consolidated organization.

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