The mission of Project Ark is to provide services that enhance the lives of children, youth, young adults, women, and families infected, affected, and at risk for HIV through coordination of medical care, social support, and prevention services.
In 1995, we saw growing numbers of children, youth, and women being impacted by HIV/AIDS in St. Louis, and no voice or community to support their needs. The world of HIV/AIDS services were primarily for men -- until Project ARK.
Project ARK was formed through a Ryan White Grant (Part D) in 1995. Project ARK continues to be the only organization in the St. Louis area specifically dedicated to HIV-positive children, youth, women, and their families.
Project ARK was created to build a comprehensive care and support system for women, youth, and children.
We provides services and care through a network of HIV/AIDS specialty care providers at the Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, regional AIDS services organizations, and state and local health departments.
Since 1995 Project ARK has grown and now provides a range of services including:
Project ARK has had continued success in reaching and engaging the community. In 2014 Project ARK provided care to a total of 1,130 women, youth, and children living with HIV. Of these clients— 82% are African American, 740 are women, and 332 are youth.