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Pacific Pride Foundation
updated: Sep 26, 2015, 10:00 AM

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About Us


The mission of Pacific Pride Foundation is to advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community; care for people living with HIV; and prevent the transmission of HIV.

History of the Pacific Pride Foundation

Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF) began in 1976 as a drug and alcohol abuse counseling and referral center for gay men and lesbians. At that time the organization was called Western Addiction Services Program (WASP), and also offered a newsletter called The Bulletin, which is still in publication.

In 1984 the agency initiated the AIDS Counseling and Assistance Program (AIDS CAP), in an effort to contend with the emerging HIV epidemic, and began offering free, anonymous HIV Testing in 1985 as one of the first county test sites. Over the next several years the program was expanded with state and county funding to provide HIV education and prevention to gay and bisexual men, substance abusers, and sex workers. In 1991, PPF established the Necessities of Life Project (NOLP), a food pantry providing free food and household items to low-income HIV-positive people and their families. That year also saw the legal name of the organization change to the Gay & Lesbian Resource Center (GLRC).

In 1994, the organization changed its name to Pacific Pride Foundation, which became the parent organization for the GLRC as well as AIDS Project Central Coast (APCC – formerly AIDS CAP).

Since its formation, Pacific Pride Foundation has become the foremost resource for people living with HIV/AIDS and the LGBT community, both in Santa Barbara County and the coastal communities of California between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, PPF is a strong, respected leader providing high quality, compassionate health and social service programs not available through any other organization in the county.
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The 25th Annual Heart + Sole AIDS Walk will take place on Saturday, October 3rd at Leadbetter Beach. Join us and help to raise crucial funds needed for continuing our programs and services.




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Contact Information:

Jackie VanLingen, Events Manager for Pacific Pride Foundation

805-963-3636 x111 or [email protected]

126 E. Haley St., Ste. A-11 Santa Barbara, CA 93101


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