Payton Baggett Reporting
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville CARES, the largest HIV and AIDS service organization in Tennessee, now has an office in the Clarksville area, located at Trinity Episcopal Church, 317 Franklin Street.
The Grand Opening and Open House was held on National HIV Testing Day, June 27.
The new location will add HIV testing, individual counseling services, case services, and HIV/AIDS education to the group therapy and food offerings previously provided to those in the area by the church.
“We want awareness to increase in Clarksville so that we can continue to battle this still very deadly disease,” said Sean Muldoon, Director of Case Management Services at Nashville CARES.
Reverend Mickey Richaud of Trinity Episcopal recognized his congregation for the work they have already done for those affected by HIV and AIDS in the community.
City of Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and Joseph Interrante, Ph.D., CEO of Nashville CARES were present at the ribbon cutting. According to Interrante, Murfreesboro was the group’s first partnership location in the state, but said the new location sets the standard for what the organization would like to achieve. He stressed the intent of the new office is increase access to services, and provide testing and education for those living outside of the Nashville area, while also getting the Clarksville community involved. “We’re really about building a community of response,” he said. “Getting the parish and its members involved in doing this ministry is really an important part of building that response.”
HIV testing and counseling will be available every Thursday beginning in August. Medical case management services are now available at the church or in-home on Wednesdays and Fridays, and counseling by appointment will be offered on Mondays either at Trinity or in-home. The support group that started the services offered at Trinity will continue to be held on the last Thursday of every month.