The AIDS Resources, Information & Services (ARIS) Records, 1986-2003 (1990-2001), document the services, publicity efforts
and internal functioning of the ARIS volunteer foundation which provided information, resources and support for AIDS & HIV
positive patients in Santa Clara County. ARIS offered practical assistance to patients through a monthly food basket program
that provided nutritional supplements, a 24-hour residential care facility, transportation services, and weekly emotional
support groups. ARIS also provided public programs that informed the public about AIDS & HIV prevention as well as humanizing
often stigmatized HIV-positive people.
The records consist of materials documenting many different facets of the organization such as manuals and guides for volunteers,
clippings documenting the impact of ARIS in the community, an archive of the monthly and quarterly newsletter the ARIS
Pages, plaques and commendations given to the organization over the years, banners carried by ARIS volunteers in local parades,
posters, t-shirts and stickers from AIDS prevention campaigns, and VHS tapes and documentaries related to the organization
itself and AIDS awareness in genernal on both local and national levels.
This collection is arranged into five series: Series I. Administrative Materials, 1989-2001 (1990-2001); Series II. Photographs,
1989-2002 (1991-2001); Series III. Newsletter, 1986-2002 (1988-2000); Series IV. Media, 1987-2000 (1989-1996); and Ephemera,
ARIS (AIDS Resources, Information & Services), a now defunct organization, was a volunteer non-profit organization founded
in 1986 with the mission "to provide HIV/AIDS prevention and support services to the people of Santa Clara County." ARIS focused
on the practical realities of the day-to-day needs of persons living with HIV or AIDS, as well as their emotional health and
wellness. ARIS provided a variety of services that included weekly emotional support groups, transportation services, practical
assistance through a monthly food basket program that included nutritional supplements, housing assistance including a 24-hour
residential care facility and multiple housing locations throughout the county, and HIV prevention and community education
through community outreach. These services were available to persons with AIDS or HIV-positive status residing in Santa Clara
County as well as their families and loved ones. The services and programs of ARIS were not limited to the HIV-positive community,
but they also provided Santa Clara County with public outreach, preventative-oriented educatoinal sessions to the public about
the realities of HIV & AIDS during a period rife with misinformation.
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