California: HIV/AIDS Organization Set to Open New Location Sept. 22
September 12, 2008
On Sept. 22, the HIV/AIDS organization Vital Life Services (VLS) is set to open in its new location on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland. Staffers and work crews are making last-minute preparations to ready the commercial storefront in North Oakland, near the Emeryville border, for a private fundraising event this Saturday.
Kurt Zimmerman, a founder of VLS, formerly known as the Center for AIDS Services, formed a partnership to purchase the property during a bankruptcy trustee sale last December. His company, RN Field Construction, did the building's extensive renovation. The bakery, which opened in the early 1970s, served the African-American community for many years before a sex abuse scandal and other legal problems resulted in the organization's financial ruin.
"For many years the bakery and this building served the community well, before falling into disgrace," said Zimmerman. "The building has been crying out to serve the community again."
Contra Costa Times
09.09.2008; Cecily Burt
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.