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connecting hearts
changing lives

Since 1992, The Center has been a volunteer-based not-for-profit organization, providing support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Today, The Center follows a housing-first model to connect at-risk, status-neutral community members to comprehensive healthcare, safe and supportive housing, and wellness through our new Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment services. We believe that if people have safe housing, they can deal with issues of substance use, mental health, and employment. We envision being the “center” of hope where everyone is treated with dignity and empowered to live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

32 years of history in asbury park

june 1992

The Center in Asbury Park opens its doors to serve people living with HIV/AIDS in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

july 1998

The Center moves to Third Avenue; a building purchased as the eventual site of The (New) Center and Center House.

oct 2005

Breaking ground for The "New" Center and Center House.

dec 2006

Grand opening of The Center and Center House.

may 2009
The Center's first and largest fundraiser "Center A La Carte" is a huge success.
march 2015

Grand opening of The Center Square; "Not your ordinary Thrift Shop."

jan 2023

Founder, Reverend Robert Kaeding, retires after 30 years and Michael Roland is the new Executive Director.

april 2024
The new Center for Behavioral Health & Wellness opens, offering intensive outpatient services.
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