History & Mission

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Our Mission

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. 

Our Story

The Need

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.

The Funding

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.

Our Success

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:

  • HIV/AIDS Medical Care
  • Medical Case Management
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessment and Counseling
  • Patient Retention Services
  • Support Groups
  • Early Identification and Linkage to Care
  • Male Prevention Programming
  • Female Prevention Programming
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Programming
  • Community Outreach Services
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • HIV/AIDS/STD Counseling
  • Testing Services

Project ARK has had continued success in reaching and engaging the community. In 2017 Project ARK provided care to a total of 1,173  women, youth, and children  living with HIV. Of these clients— 968 were African American, 74% were women, and 275 were youth.