Event marks 22 years of hope

The center servers around 250 meals a month, he said, which serve people who are both "infected and affected." He said the center provides a safe space for individuals and families.

"Where you are able to talk with peers about issues and share common experiences it really helps lessen the isolation of living with the disease," said Butterworth. "Disclosure can be a huge weight off someone's soldiers, it can actually have a positive medical impact if you are not dealing with this giant secrete and keeping it in."

The center also dealt with a fire recently, which was caused by an electrical reason. The fire continued to spread through the walls, but was extinguish by Schenectady Fire Fighters rather quickly, which prevented extensive damage. There were no injuries in the incident, but the center will be closed for the next week for two.

Operations for The Damien Center were temporarily relocated to Emmanuel Friedens Church located at 218 Nott Terrace, in Schenectady, on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Lunch is planned to be served on Tuesdays and dinner will be served on Mondays, Wednesday s and Thursday during the relocation. Anyone wishing to help with the center's restoration should send support to SICM, 930 Albany Street, Schenectady, NY 12307.""

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