Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation

The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action.

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In 1985, a few concerned citizens decided to make a difference in the Tucson community's response to HIV & AIDS. They formed the Tucson AIDS Project (TAP), followed shortly by the Shanti Foundation. In 1987, a group of people living with HIV/AIDS incorporated their grassroots advocacy efforts into the People with AIDS Coalition of Tucson, PACT for Life.

Working in concert, the three agencies created an array of services for people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, meeting basic needs as well as more sophisticated ones, while simultaneously providing information and skill-building programs to help others prevent further infection.

In 1997, again responding to the needs of their clients and community, PACT, Shanti, and TAP merged under the name Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) creating one of the largest nonprofit consolidations in the history of Pima County. SAAF continues the traditions of PACT, Shanti, and TAP, providing direct services and programs in safe, supportive environments that enhance the quality of life for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS; assisting people in avoiding HIV infection; and empowering people to lead healthy, productive lives. At the heart of our mission is the conviction that people living with HIV/AIDS have the right to determine what services they require and that stigma is a problem affecting us all.

In 2014, SAAF took over several initiatives from Wingspan, formerly southern Arizona's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community center. This has helped to broaden SAAF's scope of services which now include the Eon Youth Lounge & Anti-Violence Programs. SAAF changed it's mission to more accurately reflect our expanded reach. SAAF's new mission, to cultivate a healthy & stigma-free society through transformative action, more accurately reflects the work SAAF does in our community.

In 2015, SAAF celebrated 30 years of providing services and continues to be the only community-based organization in southern Arizona providing case management and ancillary support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families; culturally appropriate prevention and education programs to reduce the rate of infection; & LGBTQ community outreach & engagement.

Address: 375 South Euclid Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
AZ State Tax Credit Info: Charitable (Working Poor) Tax Credit
Alliance Member?: Yes
Service Areas: Yuma, Yavapai, Santa Cruz, Pima, Pinal, Navajo, Mohave, La Paz, Greenlee, Graham, Gila, Coconino, Cochise, Apache
"I would like to say the people at SAAF are number one. I have moved out of Tucson and now I am in Casa Grande. I was in the hostpital for 3 months in Tucson since there was no doctors here in Casa Grande for HIV/AIDS persons but now there is now and I'm back on the right medications and doing well. I have my family (my older brother and his wife and son live with me). I had not seen my older brother for over 20 years and my sister for 15 years. I'm getting better and I'm a fighter. I never give up. Oh, BTW, I still miss all of you at SAAF but mostly Robert Knight. Keep up the awesome work you all do for those who are in need." - Robert

"Writing a review for SAAF is hard for me because there are not enough words in the world to express how much I love this organization and everything is done in our community. SAAF is one of the few organizations in our community that expressly states its mission is to stand up in the face of stigma. I am so proud to support compassionate care for people with HIV/AIDS, prevention of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, programs for youth, and of course the amazing new Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th. I know that every dollar I give is going to be well spent on programs and activities that express my values in the community. There is no better place to give my money and my time. Love love love." -Laura

"SAAF is the best place I have ever worked. It was such a meaningful time in my life. Amazing staff members who make a difference in people's lives every single day. I am so grateful to have had an opportunity to be a part of it." -Lisa

"SAAF is a crucial community resource for Tucson. Such a worthwhile non-profit!" -Lizzie