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In Memoriam
Recognizing the Passing of Longtime Friend and Benefactor, Henry van Ameringen
African Services Committee mourns the passing of longtime friend and benefactor, Henry van Ameringen.

Not as well-known about Henry was his support of Black immigrant and African HIV treatment access. Despite his refusal to allow his name be given to our Health and Community Development Center in Addis Ababa, an over-sized poster of handsome Henry, insisted upon by clinic staff, watched over the crowds who came for testing and treatment.
This is very devastating news to us all. Henry van Ameringen truly was a generous friend of the poor, the forgotten and the marginalized populations, whose consistent giving brought a positive change in the lives of thousands of people here in New York and in Ethiopia. Henry will truly be missed.


Fairy Godfather: Remembering Henry van Ameringen, Who Gave Nearly $150 Million to HIV and LGBTQ Causes

ASC's Director of Advocacy and LGTBQ Programming Amanda Lugg talks with the body.com about the "Fairy Godfather" Henry van Ameringen.

Click here to read the full story.
African Services Committee Honors Jeanette and Gert Lepine
We have said good-bye this year to long-time dear friends, sister farmers, and donors to African Services Committee, Jeanette and Gert Lepine, of Mud City, Morrisville, Vermont. 

Jeanette and Gert were inspirational to ASC Co-Executive Directors and Founder Kim, Asfaha, and their daughter, actress Ilfenesh, as women who worked the land in all seasons, nurtured a healthy dairy herd, chopped wood, boiled sap in the sugarhouse and put hundreds of acres of land into conservation. They were a legend in their own time.
ASC Launches COVID 19 Testing and Outreach
In addition to offering free and confidential testing for HIV, viral hepatitis, blood glucose, blood pressure, TB, and STIs to walk-in clients throughout the week at ASC’s Testing Center, ASC now conducts free COVID-19 PCR tests for the uninsured
—along with all of our other free health testing services from our headquarters in Harlem. All are welcome to stop by Monday to Friday from 11 am to 4 pm to get tested.
African Services Committee's COVID 19 T2 outreach team is on the ground throughout the city distributing face coverings and promoting the best ways to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy.
African Services Committee is making sure our community is fed and protected from Covid 19.
Congratulations to 2020 TIMES 100 Julie Mehretu
Congratulations to longtime friend and supporter of African Services Committee Julie Mehretu, named to the 2020 TIMES 100, TIME's annual list of the 100 most influential people on the world! 

"Julie Mehretu’s work—painting abstract three-dimensional landscapes that represent our often chaotic socio-political climate—is profoundly meaningful in the way that it frames stories and places. She creates her own language that serves as a portal to a place where expressionism collapses time, only to reveal our relationship to space.
At the 2019 Venice Biennale’s 58th International exhibition, “May You Live in Interesting Times,” Julie referenced maps, architectural diagrams and grids—scientific methodologies specific to architectural systems—and rendered them in a way fully unique to her. Her art holds qualities of memory, history, global mobilities, inequities and sense of place, but through a universal lens.

Click here to read the full text in TIME by David Adjaye
ASC’s Executive Director Search Underway
The Board of Directors for ASC is seeking an Executive Director to replace a retiring founding Executive Director. We are looking for someone to lead the organization into its next phase, setting strategic priorities and initiatives that reflect current and developing needs of the African Diaspora in New York and HIV-positive clients in our clinics in Ethiopia. 

If you think you are that person, or know someone who is, please share and apply here.
Une Maman Saine, Un Bebe Bien Portant | Healthy Mama, Healthy Baby
African Services Committee invites you to participate in various free information sessions on mother and baby health: Safe sleep, family planning, diabetes, obesity/ Nutrition, and hypertension.

One-to-one session or small-group session optional.

RSVP: adamat@africanservices.org or Call Adama 646-209-4740.
Gifts available
African Services Committee vous invite à participer aux différentes sessions d'Informations gratuites sur la santéde la mère et du bébé portant sur: Le sommeil sécuritaire du bébé, la planification familiale, l’obésité/nutrition, le diabète, et l'hypertension artérielle.

Session individuelle par téléphone ou par groupe réduit à l’agence.

Veuillez contacter Adama au 646-209-4740 ou par email: adamat@africanservices.org
Cadeaux disponibles
Mayor’s Office Awards ASC with ActionNYC Fellowship to Support Immigration Legal Services
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Department of Social Services/Human Resources Administration celebrated five years since the launch of ActionNYC by awarding 21 community-based organizations and legal service providers, including African Services Committee, with more than $16 million in funding over the course of the next 2.5 years to provide immigration legal services to New York City’s immigrant communities. 

“For nearly four decades, African Services Committee has been dedicated to providing broad-spectrum solutions to immigrants, refugees, and asylees and we look forward to providing additional legal immigration services as a proud ActionNYC partner to lift up newcomers during this time of great fear, uncertainty, and loss,” says Franco Torres, Supervising Attorney at African Services Committee. “ActionNYC is an important program that allows organizations like ours to better serve and protect immigrant New Yorkers. We are thrilled to be a part of the expansion of this program and the vital support it offers to immigrant New Yorkers.”

ActionNYC provides immigrant New Yorkers with free, comprehensive immigration legal screenings, legal representation, accurate and timely immigration-related information, and referrals to City-funded and community-based resources and support services.

Click here to read the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs statement. 
New York Law School Features ASC Legal Advocate and NYLS Alumni Danney Salvatierra
“My clients are in really dire situations,” says ASC Legal Advocate Danney Salvatierra. “We knew we had to get creative during the pandemic.”

Read the full story here.

New Program Spotlight: Benefits Counseling
Understanding the implications employment may have on public benefits is essential for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) who are looking to maintain employment or return to work. This project provides benefits counseling to Ryan White eligible PLWH who are currently employed or are searching for employment and need assistance with understanding how their earned income affects/will affect their benefits, such as SSI, SSDI or HASA. ASC Benefits Counselors will help build client understanding of the impact of working on their benefits, foster client empowerment to make decisions about returning to work and potentially reduce benefit loss and overpayment issues. 

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Benefits Counseling Pilot Project is made possible thanks to funding provided by The New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute. 

Learn more here.
Complete the Census NOW!
The Census deadline has been extended. If you or someone you know has yet to be counted, head over to http://census.gov and get counted before October 31st!

Your friends, family, and our community need your answers because data from the 2020 Census helps secure funding for hospitals, first responders, schools, small businesses, and public benefit programs.  Know that the census DOES NOT include a citizenship question. Your information will always remain confidential—even from other federal agencies.
From the refugee crisis and HIV/ AIDS and Tuberculosis epidemics in the early '80s, to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the silent threat of viral hepatitis, and the continued assault on immigrants under the current administration, we’ve encountered much in the last nearly four decades of service to newcomers and we will continue to adapt to lift up vulnerable populations in this great city and beyond. Please support our work today.