WEST HOLLYWOOD — Today is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have passed away due to HIV/AIDS. The international theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Communities Make the Difference.”
World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 United Nations World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention and is held each year on December 1. Every year, United Nations agencies, governments, nonprofit organizations, and civil society join together to campaign around specific themes related to AIDS.
“Our community plays a vital role in bringing life-saving HIV prevention services to the people who need them most,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “The heart driven response to the AIDS epidemic right from the very beginning remains a driving factor in shaping the mission and core values of the City of West Hollywood every day.”
“Each year we gather to acknowledge World AIDS Day to grieve those loved ones we’ve lost, to support people living with HIV, reduce stigma, and help educate those around us,” continued D’Amico. “Join us and together we can continue the fight and plan to help end the epidemic in our lifetimes.”
Each year, the City of West Hollywood recognizes World AIDS Day with special events and programming:
- AIDSWatch, the electronic memorial to those lost to HIV, will be viewable on WeHoTV and projected on the exterior wall of the West Hollywood Library beginning on the evening of Friday, November 29, 2019 through the morning of Monday, December 2, 2019;
- On Monday, December 2, 2019, the annual Candlelight Vigil which follows the City of West Hollywood’s AIDS Memorial Walk on Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and Doheny Drive, will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the northwest corner of Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Boulevards and ending at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers on N. San Vicente Boulevard. The Candlelight Vigil is hosted by the Alliance for Housing and Healing;
- Following the Candlelight Vigil, the annual Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Awards presentation and reception will take place on Monday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The event will feature the Warrior Awards (given to outstanding employees or volunteers of local agencies that offer HIV/AIDS and/or substance abuse prevention and care services); and will also include two presentations: one from the Foundation for the AIDS Monument in West Hollywood; and the other will be regarding the City of West Hollywood’s HIV Zero Strategic Plan.
The onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic had a significant impact in West Hollywood. The disease’s elevated infection rate among gay men caused a devastatingly high number of deaths in the City.
The City of West Hollywood was one of the first government entities to provide social services grants to local HIV/AIDS organizations. It sponsored one of the first AIDS awareness campaigns in the country in October 1985 and the City’s response to the AIDS crisis has been recognized as a model for other cities, nationally and globally.
WeHo actively participates in the development of programs that can bring awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and services to people living with HIV/AIDS and in January of 2015, the City announced its vision to become an ‘HIV Zero’ city, implementing a HIV Zero Initiative Strategic Plan.
Support for World AIDS Day programming is consistent with the City’s core values and consistent with ongoing programs meant to commemorate the lives of those who were lost, such as the AIDS Memorial Walk, and the AIDS Monument currently in development.
WeHo Calendar: Changes to City’s Upcoming Scheduled Events
WEST HOLLYWOOD– The city has announced that due to safety concerns, a number of events sponsored by WeHo will be cancelled until further notice. The City urges people to practice social distancing as much as possible, keeping exposure to crowds to a minimum.
Sunday, March 15
Monday, March 16
6:30 PM City Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 17
Wednesday, March 18
Thursday, March 19
Friday, March 20
No events scheduled
Saturday, March 21
For a look at the entire month visit our website calendar.
WeHo JFS Service Changes For Seniors and Others Due to Virus
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is taking every precaution to prioritize community health and well being to respond to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The City is getting the word out about updates regarding services for seniors at the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center at Plummer Park and services available from Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS)
- JFS has immediately cancelled all activities at the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center at Plummer Park until April 10, 2020 as a precaution to safeguard health and safety and JFS will make assessments as the situation evolves;
- The JFS meal site will provide a frozen meal for each client coming to its meal sites on Monday, March 16, 2020 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and the organization anticipates providing additional meals for clients in order to minimize client contact and support recommendations for social distancing;
- Additionally, SOVA, the JFS food pantry, located on Pico and Robertson Boulevards, continues to remain open for community members.
The JFS West Hollywood Comprehensive Service Center remains a vital resource for seniors and people with disabilities and it will continue to be operational at this time. Operated by Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS), funded in large part by the City of West Hollywood, and located in the community center at Plummer Park, the Center is a one-stop source of support and assistance.
In response to concerns about coronavirus, JFS requests that community members contact the Center by phone instead of in person. Currently, case managers are reaching out to connect with clients and assess needs. For more information, please call (323) 851-8202.
For additional information about social services in the City of West Hollywood, please call (323) 848-6510.
For updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health about Coronavirus, please visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.
Seniors in Action: Community + Connection + Conversation – Mar 24
WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood Seniors in Action: Community + Connection + Conversation is an active on-going program for residents.
It offers activities that provide engaging opportunities for participants to learn something new, contribute their talents and experience, and deepen their connection to the West Hollywood community.
Refreshments will be served. Presented by the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center in collaboration with the City of West Hollywood and its Senior Advisory Board.
Attendance is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not necessary.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
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