VARCS: As of March 31st Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society closed it doors

March 24th, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce that, as of March 31, 2014, the Victoria AIDS Resource & Community Service Society (VARCS) will be closing its doors. VARCS staff and board were devastated to learn that after 23 years of service, Island Health (formerly known as Vancouver Island Health Authority) will no longer be continuing its funding.

VARCS has provided comprehensive distribution and collection of harm reduction supplies to Greater Victoria, Sooke, the Saanich Peninsula and Sidney. VARCS provided support to persons living with HIV/AIDS, while simultaneously working to prevent the spread of this disease and other blood-borne illnesses, through our mobile harm reduction services and needle exchange program. VARCS staff, through taking a strength-based approach, tirelessly supported service users, throughout the full spectrum of recovery. This included providing essential life skills, which allowed people to live happier and healthier lives. The closing of our doors means that people living in the South Island area will have diminished social supports, which could have serious health consequences.

For more information:

TJ Furlani
Chair of VARCS
(778) 433.7687