About the Drop-In Center
The Drop-In Center opened its doors on February 14, 2005, after the Council of Community Services HIV prevention program received a federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The HIV prevention program started in the early 1990’s with state funding to provide HIV education and outreach to gay and bisexual men. Through the years, the prevention program has evolved into the Drop-In Center providing HIV testing, prevention counseling, education, outreach, support services for those living with HIV/AIDS and professional training to Southwest Virginia. A satellite office was opened due to demand in 2009, in the New River Valley on the campus of Virginia Tech. More recently, another satellite office has been opened on the campus of Radford University.
The Drop-In Center has many partners in the community including Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare; Roanoke City Health Department (and other health department localities;) Department of Corrections and regional jails/juvenile detention centers; Roanoke Treatment Center (and other substance abuse facilities;) colleges; homeless shelters; churches; and others who may ask for services.
The Drop-In Center has created a venue that offers a safe and confidential location to provide many services for many people. Over the last seven years, the Center and staff have been recognized for their accomplishments, including:
- Featured in the USA Today as one of the top non-profit programs in the United States
- Presented at two National conferences and one rural conference on HIV
- Featured in a published paper by Stanley Phillips, CDC in reference to the Center’s HIV testing and partner services programs
- Featured by Elaine Martin, VDH at the National Sexually Transmitted Disease conference on the success of the Center’s HIV testing and partner services programs
- The Center held the highest HIV partner index in Virginia for 2009 (this includes health departments, private facilities, community based organizations and emergency rooms)
- The Center has won the Lambda Service award twice for service to and for the GLBT community