Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation takes in Wingspan

2014-08-01T00:00:00Z Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation takes in WingspanBy Carmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation will take in Wingspan’s community center and programs effective today.

The foundation’s board  voted Tuesday to take in the center that serves lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

It also will continue two of Wingspan’s programs — the Anti-Violence Project and Eon Youth Lounge, a news release said. The programs and staff begin working today at SAAF.

The foundation is located at 375 S. Euclid Ave.

“This is an incredible opportunity to enhance SAAF’s already strong programs while maintaining Wingspan’s vital and critical community outreach,” said Miguel Cruz, the foundation board’s president.

“Wingspan’s work is well-aligned with SAAF’s mission of creating and sustaining a healthier community,” Cruz said.

The Anti-Violence Project provides emergency shelter and crisis intervention, and advocates for survivors of violence.

Eon Youth Lounge provides social opportunities and information about health issues, and advocates for youth rights.

Wingspan, a nonprofit organization at 430 E. Seventh St., closed its doors July 31 because of financial difficulties after serving LGBT clients for 26 years.

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at cduarte@tucson.com or 573-4104.

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