SAFA began in 1989 in the kitchen of a mother who lost her only son to AIDS.
In 1990, South Arkansas Fights AIDS (SAFA) was created and became a 501 (c)(3) Non-profit organization in 1992. SAFA's mission and goal, has been and will continue to be, providing Direct Services to those in rural South Arkansas living with the physical, mental, social, and economic challenges of HIV/AIDS.
United Way of Union County, Union County Community Foundation, Community Foundation of North Louisiana, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Marrable Hill Church and Arkansas FoodBank are faithful contributors.
Union County, where the office is locate, is in the Top 20 for poorest counties in Arkansas. SAFA has chosen the Emergency Assistance Program because the HIV/AIDS clients in this area are pretty much on their own in regards of assistance.
In addition to the Direct Service Program,
(Food Pantry, Clothes Closet, Prescription Co-Pay, Utility and Transportation Assistance)
SAFA provides free oral HIV testing, prevention education and literature.
Staff takes every opportunity to inform the community of its mission.
*To learn more, click the Services Button at the top of the page.
SAFA's Food pantry is dedicated to those living with or affected by the HIV/AIDS virus.SAFA is a generously sponsored by Arkansas Food Bank.
FREE Oral HIV Testing
The rapid oral HIV test detects antibodies made by the immune system in response to HIV infection, just like the standard blood antibody test. The rapid oral test, however, detects these antibodies in oral fluid, and doesn't require a blood sample.FREE to EVERYONECall to setup an appointment
SAFA provides Sexual education, HIV/AIDS, and STI Educational pamphlets to all. We also provide lectures to the schools, churches and other interested individuals.Call to setup an appointment.