Our Story

In 1989, a meeting announcement was placed in the Free Lance Star newspaper by a public health nurse to start a support group for people living with HIV/AIDS. The support group met weekly in the living room of Sister Mary Colette Fox.


In 1990, the support group identified itself as the Fredericksburg AIDS Support Team (FAST) and applied for funding through the Virginia Department of Health AIDS Service Organization Grant. FAST is not awarded the funds; however, the AIDS Support Group of Charlottesville (ASG) is asked to provide services to the Fredericksburg and Culpeper areas.

In 1991, ASG hired a Community Organizer/Case Manager for two Planning Districts - PD16 comprising the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and STafford; and PD9 comprising the Counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Orange, Madison, and Rappahanock.

There was a 90.6% increase in clients served in those Planning Districts during 1991.

The support group met weekly in the Fredericksburg Area Hotline training room.

In 1992, A small group of volunteers formed the Board of Directors in June.  the support group renamed itself the Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services (FAHASS) in July.  FAHASS was incorporated as a non-profit, community-based organization in September.

Due to growth, the support group met weekly at St. George's Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg.

In 1993, Medicorp Inc leased the house at 415 elm Street to FAHASS, rent free, for three years.

FAHASS applied for United Way funds.

Youth Addressing the AIDS Crisis (YAAC), a high school peer education group was formed.

The support group began meeting at Elm Street.

In 1994, FAHASS was awarded capacity building funds from the Virginia Department of Health for $10,000 for the purchase of a TV/VCR for education and to hire a full-time Case Manager.

The Board of Directors concentrated on raising funds to stay open.

FAHASS received $3,000 in United Way funds.

In 1995, ASG applied for Ryan White Title I funds on behalf of the eligible metropolitan areas in Planning Districts 9 and 16.

The support group expanded to include a group for Family and Friends.

FAHASS received $9,000 in United Way Funds.

The first Mystic Night and AIDS Walk, both annual fundraising events, were held.

In 1996, The Board of Directors concentrated on raising funds to become independent from Charlottesville ASG.

FAHASS is awarded $10,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the City of Fredericksburg.

FAHASS received $10,000 in United Way funds.

FAHASS volunteered and Food & Friends (Washington D.C.) coordinated the Groceries-To-Go program.

The support group expanded to include a group for children and/or teends either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

The second annual Mystic Nightand AIDS Walk are held.

In January 1997, FAHASS separated from Charlottesville ASG and FAHASS set up their own bookkeeping system.