Last month’s installment of this article featured the “birth” of a great agency, Caregiver Care Atlanta. This month, I would like to tell you about a great agency that is closing its doors after 25 years of service to the Atlanta area.
The AIDS Survival Project has been a client of mine for more than five years, and I was very proud to have been tapped to re-design their logo, website and branding 2 years ago.
It was my privilege to be “around” when the agency was formed in the late 80’s, and to see them become a unique and powerful voice for the HIV/AIDS affected population in Atlanta, the state, and indeed the Southeast.
Executive Director Melanie Sovine was quoted about the closure in Southern Voice. “I think always there was the clear objective that we had to respond to AIDS Survival Project in the deepest respect, and the difficult understanding that respect for ASP may mean not casting it into irretrievable debt,” said Melanie Sovine, ASP executive director since September 2006. “That’s when the board took courage and said we are going to close responsibly, knowing that the ability to financially sustain the agency for the long term is just not before us.”
As one more friend passes into the sunset, I want to say “thank you” to all of the professionals and volunteers at AIDS Survival Project who have given so much of themselves to our lives. We are richer because of your efforts.