VAN provides a variety of services based on each individual client’s specific needs.

HIV/AIDS Testing

HIV/AIDS awareness is a sensitive and vital topic for communities. VAN offers confidential, rapid HIV/Testing at our Harrisonburg offices and other sites throughout the community.

Food Pantries

Food insecurity is an issue that affects thousands of Americans.  Accessing nutritious foods including fresh fruits and vegetables can be particularly challenging when living on a reduced income.  In order to meet the nutrition needs of our clients, VAN provides an on-site food pantry and also delivers food directly to clients’ homes. Thanks to grant funding and local donations, we are able to stock our food pantry with nutritious foods, paper products, and nutritional supplements, such as Ensure.

Housing Assistance

Housing is a basic human need that is crucial to maintaining one’s health.  However, sometimes it can be difficult to access and maintain adequate housing.  Your VAN case manager will work with you to find the best solution to your housing needs, whether it be applying for a Section 8 voucher, searching for subsidized housing, working on budgeting issues, or transitioning out of a shelter.  We are also able to assist in emergency situations with rent payments, utility payments, and security deposits.  In addition to short-term emergency housing services, VAN also runs a long-term, subsidy-based housing program for eligible clients.

Individualized medical case management

Together with your medical case manager (MCM), you will develop an individualized service plan that addresses all of your health needs.  VAN service plans focus on holistic health and well-being, not just an HIV/AIDS diagnosis.  Medical case managers at VAN assist clients in working towards better health and self-sufficiency.  As part of this process, your case manager will assist you in accessing specialized treatment for HIV/AIDS, primary medical care, dental care, and can also help you access mental health services, substance abuse treatment, nutritional counseling, and any other referred medical service.  Your MCM will help you navigate complex health insurance systems, to ensure that you can access your treatments and medications in a timely manner.

Transportation

As parts of our service area are very rural and lacking adequate public transportation services, VAN provides access to transportation to medical appointments.  We ensure that clients can get to their medical appointments by providing cab rides, gasoline vouchers, and bus tickets.

A variety of condoms, dental dams, and lubricants are available, for free, outside the offices of the Valley AIDS Network (and our Testing Coordinator’s office, room 315). Condoms are also available at the Artful Dodger, Sprague’s Barber Shop and the Harrisonburg Free Clinic. 

You do not have to be a client to pick up these items.