Women’s Supportive Services (WSS)
The Women’s Supportive Services program provides a variety of support services for HIV-positive women and their families, including crisis intervention, hospital visits, daily support groups (including a Spanish Speaking Women’s Group and a Gay and Lesbian Support Group and a Family Group, where women can bring their partners and other family members), recreational activities (including weekly arts and crafts groups, beauty parlor day, recreational trips, movies and special events), individual supportive crisis intervention counseling and home/hospital visits and assistance with emergencies, including emergency homemaker services. Women’s sexual partners are also provided services.
The program is open from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. and offers an informal day program format, which provides participants with a safe haven where they can participate in structured activities and receive peer support on a daily basis. On a regular basis, services are also provided on-site by other community-based HIV service organization, including nutritional workshops, permanency planning, etc.
A light breakfast and hot lunch are served daily. Additionally, a childcare center is available to provide drop-off babysitting for parents who are receiving services.
Eligibility: All HIV-positive women and their partners/families receiving UBP HIV case management services are eligible. Referrals from other agencies who do not provide these support services are accepted.