The Damien Center, an Albany community center dedicated to assisting individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families, experienced a devastating fire this morning. Though nobody was harmed in the fire, the building has been extensively damaged. Damien Center Executive Director Perry Junjulas reassures the community that despite the fire, the center will continue to provide services to those who need them.
The fire, which started at 6:30 am in the basement of the Damien Center, rendered the building a total loss. The structure was vulnerable to such a devastating blaze because of its antique architecture, one of the characteristics that made it a beautiful and peaceful retreat for those coping with HIV/AIDS. Some local sources report that the Damien Center will rebuild in the same location.
The Damien Center’s mission, to provide services free of charge to individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families, will not be hindered by the fire. Some services they provide include meals, employment assistance, transportation, pet care, and other support to improve visitors’ quality of life. The Damien Center emphasizes that those coping with HIV/AIDS and their families are not alone.
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