Celebrating 30 years of courage, compassion and resilience
Thirty years ago, PCAF opened its doors to those in our community who were the first to be impacted by HIV and the AIDS epidemic. Our doors and our hearts have been open ever since, positively impacting thousands of people who are our friends, family members, and colleagues.
Since the start of the epidemic in the 1980s, PCAF has been on the front lines fighting HIV/AIDS and combating stigma. We assisted with opening the first legal needle exchange in the United States in 1988; organized the inaugural AIDS walk in Tacoma in 1992; created the Housing Options Program in 1993 to address the needs of our clients for safe, affordable, and accessible housing; served as an incubator for LGBTQ programs in our community; and began providing services in Olympia in 2012 for people previously served by United Communities AIDS Network, which ceased operations in 2011. Read more about our history here.
Throughout the rest of this year, PCAF is hosting a series of community events to commemorate this milestone. Check back for updates and plan to join in the celebrations, which will culminate with a special 30th Anniversary event on World AIDS Day, December 1st in Tacoma.
Sept 28 UNWIND with PCAF @ Cultura Event Center, Tacoma, 5:30-7:30 pm
Oct 5 Julene Tripp Weaver Event @ Kings Books, Tacoma, 7 pm
Oct 6-7 Arts Walk Installation @ Olympia Welcome Center
Oct 19 Book Brawl @ Kings Books, Tacoma, 7 pm
Nov 10 Heartsparkle Players @ Traditions Cafe, Olympia, 7:30 pm
Dec 1 PCAF 30th Anniversary Event @ Star Center, Tacoma, 6-9 pm
…And more to come, check our website for updates