Welcome to our Web site
At the Gainesville Area AIDS Project, we offer an alcohol and drug free safe haven where people with HIV/AIDS
and their loved ones can gather in a friendly atmosphere free from discrimination and stigma to enjoy each other's
company and help stay abreast of the development of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We serve lunch on Tuesdays. There is never a charge. We also welcome ideas for social events or get togethers in addition
to those which are regularly scheduled.
Frankly, we are never sure what a day at GAAP will include. We know there will be food, fun, lots of talk.
But sometimes we've added videos, music, and cards. Hugs are always guaranteed! On the last Friday of each month
we try to throw a special dinner -- we call it "Fried Chicken Friday".
A Brief History
GAAP was started in September of 1993 when around 25 Persons Living With AIDS (PLWAs), caregivers, and friends
joined together to consider the unmet needs of PLWAs in the Gainesville area. Two factors quickly became apparent --
people wanted a location where they could go for support and social activities, and they wanted to avoid the
hassles of paperwork!
By December of 1993, GAAP had begun a drop-in center at Trinity United Methodist Church, meeting on Tuesdays
and Fridays for brown bag lunches, games, and hugs from the "Mothers of GAAP."
GAAP is open one day a week on Tuesdays for lunch
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. GAAP is also open the last Friday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
for a fried chicken dinner.
We are located in the Liberty Center
at 3131 NW 13th Street in Gainesville.
GAAP is run solely by volunteers and has no paid staff. We
have no federal or state grants and rely solely on the generosity
of the community for our financial needs. We publish
a newsletter, which is mailed to over 500 addresses. Another
100 are distributed throughout the community.
Our Board meetings are at 1:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of
each month. All persons willing to help our cause are invited
to attend any of our board meetings. We also welcome volunteers
anytime to help us with our regular events and generally to
help out around the place.
For more information about GAAP, please contact us by calling
352-373-GAAP (4227) or by filling out our Contact form.