Tuesday, April 5, 2011

GMHC is Moving Forward!

by Marjorie Hill, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

On April 15, we will move to a new and expanded home — 165,000 square feet of redesigned and renovated space at 446 West 33rd Street. We are filled with tremendous excitement.

GMHC has a history of moving when it’s best for the people we serve. During our 30 years, GMHC has moved only four times. Each time we’ve moved it’s been for good reasons — to better serve people living with HIV/AIDS, reduce new HIV infections and ultimately to do more, not less. Each location has been special and carries memories of extraordinary work done to fight the epidemic. Each time we’ve moved, it’s been hard to leave these places, full of memories.

This move is no different. Our home on West 24th Street served us well. Yet rising rent and operating costs made the move essential if we wanted to continue all of our services and also expand.

Our new location will enable us to extend the best services possible to the nearly 11,000 New Yorkers affected by HIV/AIDS who rely on GMHC for access to health education, support, legal and social services. We will be able to serve more hot meals to our clients and expand our food pantry program. The offices, meeting rooms, state-of-the-art kitchen and dining room are spread generously on the 6th and 7th floors, and are filled with natural light. We are fortunate to have received from the departing tenant, WNET, more than $4 million worth of furnishings and fixtures.

Our HIV prevention and testing services will be expanded and housed in the new GMHC Center for HIV Prevention, located at 224 West 29th Street, and will include a new youth leadership-development program.

Once we are fully up and running, we will be hosting a series of public events at the new location. We hope you will join us in the excitement as we celebrate our new home, new opportunities and the expansion of GMHC’s vital services. For more information about our move, please visit http://gmhc.org/were-moving/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-move.

Our thanks to all for continuing to support GMHC.

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