News

News

Hours of Operation


Monday - Thursday:

                   9am - 5pm

Friday:

                   9am - 12:30pm


phone:    337.439.5861

                    800.256.5145


Calls received on weekends, holidays, or after hours are directed to our answering service.


Food Pantry Hours

Tuesday - Thursday

11am - 4pm ONLY


About Us

SLAC News

HIV Testing

PrEP / PEP

Case Management

Events

Bingo

Donations

Radio

Television

Yes Partnership

Home

Hours of Operation


Monday - Thursday:

                   9am - 5pm

Friday:

                   9am - 12:30pm


phone:    337.439.5861

                    800.256.5145


Calls received on weekends, holidays, or after hours are directed to our answering service.


Food Pantry Hours

Tuesday - Thursday

11am - 4pm ONLY


About Us

SLAC News

HIV Testing

PrEP / PEP

Case Management

Events

Bingo

Donations

Radio

Television

Yes Partnership

Home

STAY CONNECTED!


Phone:  337.439.5861

Email: slac@slac.org

Website: www.slac.org

Due to the Louisiana COVID-19 outbreak, we are asking all clients to please  
CALL 337.439.5861  BEFORE visiting any of our sites.  

Virtual Services will begin on March 25, 2020.

Due to the Louisiana COVID-19 outbreak, we are asking all clients to please  
CALL 337.439.5861  BEFORE visiting any of our sites.  

Virtual Services will begin on March 25, 2020.

(Although this website provides general information regarding HIV, this information DOES NOT constitute medical advice and should not be used as such.  The information is NOT intended to diagnose or treat any health issues and is NOT a substitute for professional medical treatment or consultation.  All information on this site is intended for educational use only. Visit a qualified physician or health care provider regarding individual health-related needs, concerns,treatment, or questions.)

www.slac.org

425 Kingsley St.        Lake Charles, LA 70605        337.439.5861

The latest...

The latest...

•  On June 3, 2021, President Biden declared the State of Louisiana as a major disaster area.  This action by the President makes federal funding available to persons affected by the flooding, tornadoes, and the severe storms which hit May 17 through May 21.  


Assistance is open to persons living in Ascension, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Lafayette parishes.  Such assistance may include temporary housing grants and grants for home repair, low cost loans , and other programs to help persons and business owner in recovery. 


Applications can apply for assistance by registering online at
http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA between 7:00 am and 9:00pm, severn days a week.  (1-800-462-7585 TTY)

We are seeing clients by appointment or  via telephone and/or telemedicine.

337-439-5861

































helpstopthevirus.com

DISCLAIMER:
All information on this page is intended for educational use only.  Viewers should consult with a healthcare provider regarding medication and treatment.  The agency does not endorse any particular company or product.




EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020

There are NO coffee, NO Water, NO public restrooms available.

If you need bus tokens or gas cards, please call 337-439-5861. WAIT IN YOUR CAR and a staff person will bring them to you and collect the required form.  You may also call the office number (439-5861) and ask for cards or tokens to be mailed to you.  They will be sent with a form to complete and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for you to return the form.  YOU MUST RETURN the form in order to call for tokens or forms again.


The food pantry is open TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND THURSDAY FROM 11AM - 4PM at this time.  Please drive around to the pantry entrance for service.  PANTRY IS CURBSIDE ONLY and we ask you to stay in your car.

There will be a case manager in the office Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.  Please call 439-5861 to speak with a case manager.  



We are committed to providing essential services to you during this critical time.  We are asking that you follow Governor Edwards’ directive to stay at home.

In order to protect your safety and health we are moving toward providing VIRTUAL SERVICES,  at which time we will be working with you via phone, email, or through telemedicine.  Please contact a Case Manager for more information and to begin setting up the Telemedicine process.  337.439.5861.


For Local COVID-19 Resources, please see the following links:

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Community Resources


We will continue to provide our community with many of our essential services, but we are UNABLE to offer free HIV, STI, and Hep C testing at this time.


For the health, safety, and well-being of our clients, our employees, and the community we serve, we have been ordered to suspend our free testing services temporarily effective March 20, 2020 until further notice.
We feel the best way to serve you in light of COVID-19 is to closely follow the guidelines set by the Department of health and our state and health officials.  We are practicing social distancing and many of us are working from home.

We encourage everyone to remain indoors and keep safe!
THANK YOU and we look forward to offering you our full range of services as soon as we can safely do so.


Click the following links for more information on COVID-19:

CDC Coronavirus Webpage

CDC Print Resources

Stop the Spread of Germs (CDC)

STOP the SPREAD (LDH pdf)

Coronavirus.gov

http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/

Office of the Governor - Coronavirus

YouTube Video demonstrating how to properly wear a face mask

7 Ways to Prevent the Spread of the New CORONAVIRUS


1.  WASH YOUR HANDS - Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.  Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.


2. AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK - Try to keep a six feet distance from people who are coughing or show respiratory symptoms.


3. AVOID TOUCHING EYES, NOSE, AND MOUTH - The virus can live on contaminated surfaces and objects, so try to avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.


4. USE A TISSUE - Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your bent elbow, and immediately dispose of tissues in the trash and wash your hands.


5. WEAR A MASK WHEN INSTRUCTED BY A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL


6. CLEAN SURFACES REGULARLY - Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spread or wipe.


7. STAY HOME IS YOU ARE SICK - If possible, stay home if you are sick to prevent transmitting the virus to others. If you think you may have been exposed to the virus, contact a health care provider promptly if you develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.  Before you go to a clinic or hospital, call ahead so the staff can take appropriate precautions.


BY USING THESE EVERYDAY PRECAUTIONS, YOU WILL HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE NEW CORONAVIRUS.


Click the following links for more information:

CDC Coronavirus Webpage

CDC Print Resources

Stop the Spread of Germs (CDC)

STOP the SPREAD (LDH pdf)

Coronavirus.gov

http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/

Office of the Governor - Coronavirus


More current information available on our Facebook page.  
Please
FOLLOW US.





Our offices will be CLOSED Tuesday/Wednesday, December 10-11, 2019 for an AGENCY-WIDE Training.  Client services will resume on December 12th at 9:00am.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURE SCHEDULE:  

Our agency will be closed the following days for the 2019 holiday season:

December 24-25   •  December 31   •   January 1, 2020



Our offices will be CLOSED Thursday and Friday (November 28-29) for the Thanksgiving Holidays.  
Thank you very much!


World AIDS Day 2019

DATE: Sunday, December 1 - 2019

TIME: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Warren Methodist Church

1800 Orchid St. (at 3rd Ave.)

Lake Charles, LA 70601


SLAC, in partnership with Warren United Church, invites you to join us in recognition of World AIDS Day 2019.


Please join us for:  THE STORY OF US - A Message in the Music.

See above for day and time.

Refreshments following Service.


World AIDS Day is held on December 1st of each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for the millions of people around the world living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died.  Wearing a red ribbon is one simple way to do this.


For more information on World AIDS Day, please click here or you can visit the World AIDS Day website.




Our Food Pantry will be CLOSED Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you.



Thursday, February 7, 2019 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  Begun in 1999, it is a day that promotes education, awareness, testing, treatment, involvement, prevention strategies, and more amongst black communities.  This year commemorates 20 years of NBHAAD.

For more information, please click the following links:

NBHAAD

AIDS Info

POZ

CDC

Free and Confidential testing is available 2/7/19 from 10am - 6pm at 425 Kingsley St. and 8am - 3:30pm at 808 Walters St. in Lake Charles.



SLAC will be CLOSED the following days for the holiday season:

    • 12/21/18

    • 12/24/18

    • 12/25/18

    • 12/31/18

    • 1/1/19

    • 1/21/19

 SLAC and CCC will be CLOSED 1/24 and 1/25/19 for staff training.


SLAC will be CLOSED Thursday and Friday, November 23-23, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Thank you.











World AIDS Day - December 1st, 2018

Please join us for:  THE STORY OF US - A Message in the Music.

DATE: Saturday, December 1, 2017

TIME: 6pm

LOCATION: Warren United Methodist Church

1800 Orchid St., Lake Charles, LA 70601





Pizza Artista Fundraiser for SLAC.  October 17th, 2018.


Order a pizza at Pizza Artista in the Prien Lake Mall on October 17, and Pizza Artista will donate 20% to SLAC.  

Remember, you MUST mention SLAC during checkout for SLAC to receive the donation.  

Thank you for your help and participation!

www.pizzaartista.com  •. 337- 602-6224




• Louisiana’s HIV TESTING DAY is June 27!  To get more information and find a testing center near you please visit www.lahub.org. 







The 10th Annual Pride Festival of Southwest Louisiana.  

Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheater, 

from 12pm to 7pm.  Click here to see the flier.







SLAC CLOSED due to inclement winter weather.

BECAUSE OF THE HARSH WEATHER CONDITIONS, SLAC WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 & 17, 2018.  AT THIS TIME, WE PLAN TO REOPEN ON THURSDAY.  THANK YOU AND PLEASE BE SAFE!



OFFICES CLOSED: Monday, January 15, 2018 - in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

OUR OFFICES WILL RE-OPEN Tuesday, January 16, 2018



World AIDS Day 2017

Begun in 1988, World AIDS Day is held annually on December 1, allowing people from around the world to band together in order to show their support for people living with HIV, honor those who have left us, for individuals and groups to add their efforts to the prevention and awareness of HIV, and reduce the stigma of outdated stereotypes and myths regarding HIV/AIDS.


For information on SLAC’s 2017 WORLD AIDS DAY celebration, please click here.

Click here to see KPLC-TV news interview with SLAC!

• Special HIV Testing Hours on December 1 at RWC, from 8am-3pm, in honor of World AIDS Day 2017.


Things you can do to support WORLD AIDS DAY.

• Wear a red ribbon on December 1st.

Get tested.

• Help spread the word about testing: Know Your Status; Get Tested!

• Educated yourself on the facts regarding HIV and AIDS, treatments, and strategies for prevention.  

• Visit the World AIDS Day website.

• Post regarding World AIDS Day on your social media pages.

• Add the World AIDS Day campaign to your Facebook or Twitter profile.  

• Many choose to organize events on this day to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, raise money for HIV causes, celebrate survivors, and/or honor loved ones who have died.



OFFICES CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23-24, 2017

OUR OFFICES WILL RE-OPEN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!



OFFICES CLOSED MONDAY, TUESDAY, and WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28-30, 2017

DUE TO HURRICANE / TS HARVEY, OUR OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED  MONDAY, TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28-30, 2017.     Office will RE-OPEN Thursday, August 31.


Everyone please be safe.  Thank you!




Back to School Bashes!

There are a number of agencies and organizations having “back to school bashes” for school supplies over the next few weeks.  A few of them are highlighted below.  A full list is available at the SLAC office or can be mailed to you upon request.


• Prien Lake Mall, Lake Charles, in the Sear’s Court area.  August 5th, from 11am-1pm.  Sponsored by Amerigroup.


• Allen August Multipurpose Center, 2001 Moeling Street in Lake Charles.  August 5th, from 10am-12pm (noon).  Sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and One Weak Too Strong Ministries.


• Pryce-Miller Recreation Center, 216 Albert Street in Lake Charles. August 5th, from 1am - 11am.  Sponsored by REACH.  An adult must accompany all children.


• Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall.  August 11th, from 10am-2pm.  Sponsored by KZWA and Billy Navarre Chevrolet.


THE FOLLOWING REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION:


• In DeRidder, BeauCare will accept applications in August.  Call 337.462.2273. Applications available at 628 High School Drive in DeRidder.


• In Sulphur, CARE=HELP of Sulphur is accepting applications in July.  Must provide proof of Sulphur residence and proof of income.  Applications taken from 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm Monday through Friday. Apply at 112 E. Thomas St.  Call 337.287.4793.


• Families Helping Families provides school supplies for special needs children.  Must pre-register and meet other requirements.  Call 37.436.2570 or 800.894.6558 for details.  Parents must attend one (1) school supply workshop and provide IEP less than one year old.


• In Vinton, August 5th, from 9am-2pm.  1615 Horridge Street, Vinton.  Must register at 337.764.6874.




Medicaid Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for “Healthy Louisiana” (Medicaid) begins June 30, 2017.


If you do not have Medicaid and your income is at or below 138% of the poverty level ($16,644 for a single person or $22,416 for a couple), this is your chance to apply.


You can apply online, at Moss Memorial Health Clinics, at Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services, or by phone at 855.229.5848.


If you have Medicaid and want to change your plan, this is also the time to do so!  Remember, Moss Memorial Health Clinics and Lake Charles Memorial Hospital do not accept Aetna Healthy Louisiana plans.




SLAC Closed June 1 &2, 2017

DUE TO A MANDATORY STAFF TRAINING, WE WILL BE CLOSED JUNE 1 & 2 (THURSDAY AND FRIDAY).  


NO CASE MANAGEMENT or FOOD PANTRY SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THESE DAYS.  


Please make prior arrangements.  Thank you very much.




Office Moving - Dates closed

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

SLAC will be closed from March 30, 2017 through April 10, 2017, as we move into our new offices. Please make sure to attend to any business before 5pm on March 29.


The new address for services will be:


425 Kingsley, Lake Charles, LA 70601


We look forward to serving you at our new building.



R&WC and CCC remain open for normal business hours.




PrEP

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a once-daily medication for persons who are HIV-negative that can reduce the chance of contracting HIV.  By taking one pill a day, PrEP can help prevent the transmission of HIV if exposed to the virus.  Various studies have shown that taking medicine consistently significantly lowered the risk of being infected over those who did not take the pill.


PrEP takes up to 3 weeks to be effective.


Combining PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods further decreases the chances for getting HIV.  Therefore, risk-reduction strategies outside of PrEP should still be used, as PrEP does not protect from other STI's (Sexually Transmitted Infections).


Visit your physician for more complete information and to find out if PrEP is right for you.



Private insurances usually cover PrEP, however, deductibles an co-pays for medication may require out -of-pocket cost.  

Louisiana Medicaid covers office visits, lab tests, and prescription costs. 

Medicare Part D also covers the medication, but you may still be responsible for co-pays. 



• Prophylaxis: To prevent or control the the spread of an infection or disease.


For more information please visit: www.cdc.gov/hiv  or  https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html




World AIDS Day 2016

DATE: Thursday, December 1 - 2016

TIME: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Warren Methodist Church

1800 Orchid St. (at 3rd Ave.)

Lake Charles, LA  70601


SLAC, in partnership with Warren United Church, invites you to join us in recognition of World AIDS Day 2016.

Guest speakers: Robert Suttle (Assist. Director of Sero) and Nomica Guillory

Refreshments following Service.


For more information on WORLD AIDS DAY, please click on the image or you can visit the World AIDS Day website.




Nutritional Supplement (Ensure, Boost, etc.) guidelines

In order to receive nutritional supplements like Ensure or Boost, clients must:


• Get a referral to the Moss Memorial nutritionist from your medical provider.


• If you are current in care, you can request an appointment by calling the CCC nurse or a case manager.  

If you are out of care, you will have to see Dr. C or Ruthie in order to schedule an appointment with the nutritionist.


• The nutritionist is in the clinic in Thursday mornings in August and September, but will be going on maternity leave in October. She can also be seen Monday-Friday in her office on the Moss campus.



If Medicaid is your primary insurance...

SLAC’s taxi service is “money of last resort”. This means that if any other form of transportation is available to you, you MUST use that source of transportation, not rely on the taxi service.


ALL Medicaid plans have a transportation program.  The number to contact your plan’s transportation service is printed on the back of your Medicaid card.  


You must call a minimum of 2-3 days in advance of your appointment in to set up your transportation.  (Louisiana Health Care Connections also has a program for urgent care appointments.)



Message from our Executive Director, regarding the Orlando shootings.

To our friends, staff and volunteers, and to the community we serve, We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and harm caused to our LBGTQ brothers and sisters in Orlando. Like many of you, we are experiencing waves of conflicting emotions in our effort to make sense of this brutal tragedy. We want you to know that our organization is one of love and tolerance and that we are here for you. 


Our staff, as well as counselors that we have reached out to, will be available to assist you through processing your grief about this horrific event and to address any fears that you may have with regard to your own personal safety and wellbeing. We are also able to offer space and facilitation for those who want to participate in small group therapy sessions or in peer support groups. 


Please contact Carol Giles, Director of Client Services at 439-5861 for more information. 


Prayers that love and peace will win in the end. 


                                                         Terry



 

 

In order to protect your safety and health we are providing VIRTUAL SERVICES, working with clients via phone or through telemedicine.  Please contact a Case Manager for more information and to begin setting up the Telemedicine process.  337.439.5861.

WORLD AIDS DAY is December 1


Most current information on