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ARCH will be relocating as of Jul 9, 2018. Programs and services will be disrupted during the period Jun 25-Jul 9

Organization: ARCH - HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health  
Phone Numbers: 519-763-2255
Toll-Free: 1-800-282-4505
Fax: 519-763-8125
77 Westmount Rd, Unit 110
Guelph, ON
N1H 5J1
Intersection: Division St and Westmount Rd
Location: Guelph-North West
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Office hours Mon-Wed 9 am-6 pm * Thu 9 am-12:30 pm, 1:30 pm-5 pm * Fri 9 am-1 pm

Testing and Immunization Clinics: Wed 1:30 pm-3 pm * first and third Wed of the month 1:30 pm-3 pm, 4:30 pm-6 pm
NOTE: see website for any changes to the HIV
Executives: Tom Hammond - Executive Director
519-763-2255 ext 129 *
Public Contacts: Carling Mashinter - Support Services Coordinator
519-763-2255 ext 126 *
Becki Linder - Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator
519-763-2255 ext 151 *
Service Description: Confidential care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS and their families, friends and caregivers. Provides accessible, culturally responsive, and holistic support services, programs and education to people living with, affected by, and at risk of HIV and AIDS.

Support Services: counselling for persons living with HIV/AIDS to assess needs and establish a continuum of support services
  • treatment information
  • complementary therapies
  • practical support: transportation to medical appointments, limited financial assistance, home and hospital visits
  • benefits counselling and advocacy to facilitate access to government benefit programs (Trillium, ODSP, CPP, Ontario Works)
  • service coordination with other health and social service agencies

African-Caribbean Community Development: forms partnerships with the ACB ethnocultural associations to assist in capacity building and community development to address the issues related to HIV/AIDS and newcomers

Education Program: non-judgmental, accurate information about HIV/AIDS and related topics delivered through workshops, seminars, resource centre and lending library, HIV/AIDS information line, brochure distribution, peer education training

Positive Prevention Program: aims to empower individuals living with HIV/AIDS, promote healthy relationships with sexual partners, strengthen overall well-being of HIV+ individuals, and reduce the possibility of new HIV and other sexually transmitted infections

Harm Reduction and Needle Exchange Program: to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C, encourages safer drug use and safer sex, provides access to health and social service agencies, offers support to drug users, and provides education
Distribution of harm reduction materials including new syringes, water, filters, swabs, ties; sharps containers for safe disposal of used needles

Women’s Community Development: aims to build local community capacity to respond to women's HIV and AIDS prevention needs and to improve the quality of life for women living with or affected by HIV and AIDS

Youth Empowerment and Engagement Project (YEP): To provide community-based education workshops for youth at-risk. Also to engage youth volunteers with lived experience for peer-to-peer outreach. Youth will be trained annually to deliver low threshold street outreach related to sexual health and substance-related risk reduction, HIV, Hepatitis C, STBBI testing, and orientation.

ARCH Clinic: community-based outpatient HIV clinic offering effective, compassionate care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS who reside in Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin, Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Grey-Bruce Counties.
The clinic is client and family-centered, emphasizing a continuum of care. Clinic staff help people living with HIV/AIDS address their many complex health, social and emotional needs. Also includes a TransHealth Clinic that offers hormonal treatment options for those looking for medical support through transitioning.

Testing and Immunization Clinics: Anonymous HIV testing, confidential ; Hep B/C Testing, Hepatitis B immunization and Hepatitis A for those involved in high risk activities
  • clinics held every Wed
  • no appointment required - first come, first served basis
  • see website for scheduling changes
  • testing courtesy of Dufferin-Wellington-Guelph Public Health
  • ARCH works in collaboration with the ARCH Clinic to integrate and coordinate the clinic and agency services

Fees: None
Application: Call or e-mail for information or to schedule appointments outside office hours or at alternative locations
Eligibility / Target Population: Individuals with HIV/AIDS, their families, partners, friends and caregivers
TransHealth Clinic: Patients can self-refer or be referred to ARCH by a health care provider
Languages: English
Area Served:
Bruce County ; Grey County ; Guelph ; Wellington County  
See Also: Diseases and Conditions Support Groups
Safety and Injury Prevention
Sexual Health Services

This information was last completely updated on June 11, 2018

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