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Damien Center opens satellite location on far east side of Indy

Located inside Center at Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. (CAFE)
Posted at 10:47 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 10:47:51-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's largest and oldest AIDS service organization has opened its first satellite location on the far east side of Indianapolis.

Located inside of the Center at Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. (CAFE), Damien Center will offer testing, medical care, prevention, pharmacy services, case management, emergency assistance, and housing services.

“This new partnership with Damien Center is a win-win and helps us with our mission to enhance the quality of life of residents on the Far Eastside,” Michael Howe, the CEO of CAFE, said.

According to Damien Center, the choice to open its second location on the far east side was data-driven, as 38th St. and Post Rd. have a high rate of residents living with HIV and new HIV cases. It's a community that statistically houses a large population of Black and Latino residents, which, according to Damien Center, are historically at a higher risk of contracting the disease.

“CAFÉ has spent more than three decades building relationships with residents on the Far Eastside and we are proud and excited to partner with them,” Alan Witchey, president and CEO at Damien Center, said. “It is important for us to partner with trusted organizations like CAFE to ensure that we reach as many people in this community as possible. Damien Center strives to be a one-stop-shop home for HIV wellness, and it is critical that our clients stay engaged and retained in care. This collaboration helps ensure these individuals have access to equitable care.”

Damien Center at CAFE, located at 8902 E. 38th St., offers free HIV and STD testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Damien Center
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.