HARP - About Us
“The mission of HIV/AIDS Resource Program (HARP) of Victoria is to act as the public servants for our clients living with HIV and those affected by HIV in our community. We vow to do this by educating, assisting, and directing our clients in a confidential, safe, and non-judgmental environment.”
Our goals follow the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated 2020 goals. The goals are to reduce new HIV infections, improve access to care and health outcomes, reduce HIV-related health disparities, and achieve a more coordinated national response.
Victoria City-County Health Deaprtment (VCCHD)/Special Services was established in January 1992 through a collaborative effort between VCCHD and Gulf Bend MHMR Center to secure Ryan White CARE Act Title II funds. Beginning with a very modest budget and just four clients, Special Services has served more than 400 people living with HIV in the Crossroads area.
The name Special Services was dropped in June 2015 in favor of HIV/AIDS Resources Program of Victoria or HARP of Victoria. The name change more accurately and boldly reflects the purpose of the program and a desire to be viewed as a resource for the communities we serve.
HARP of Victoria is committed to providing client services that are:
- Defined by the needs of the infected and affected community;
- Designed to encourage client responsibility;
- Efficient and cost-effective;
- Delivered in a professional manner.