Golden Rule Services is a nonprofit organization that resolves health, education, employment, and criminal justice disparities in communities through the provision of culturally competent programs and resources. Golden Rule Services also offers Free Rapid HIV/HCV and STD testing and counseling, partner services, referrals, prevention groups, and social groups with $40 gift card giveaways, free food, drinks and snacks as well as raffle prizes For more information feel free to contact us at (916) 427-4653 or visit our office at 4433 Florin Rd Sacramento Ca Suite #760rnrn :: Who I Am rnrnMany Men Many Voices (3MV) is a mutli-session group level behavioral intervention that attempts to reduce HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) risk behaviors and increase related health promotion behaviors among black who have sex with men (MSM). The factors include challenges related to duel identity as black gay men; the effects of racism and homophobia; cultural and religious norms; lack of familial support and acceptance for same sex behaviors; the roles and risk related to TOPS, BOTTOMS and VERSATILES; and the interactions between STDs and HIV. Come participate in Sacramento's only HIV prevention for local Latino/Hispanic men who love men
South Sac knows this Golden Rule
September 23, 2014 By Jaeseana Hollis —1 Comment
Golden-Rule-Hidden gems are everywhere around us. The challenge is to find them. Especially in a neighborhood like mine, Florin Road and East Parkway, a place where minority citizens are abundant and easy to overlook and ignore.
Suddenly, the discovery of a hidden gem becomes a reason to celebrate, which is my impulse as I find Golden Rule Services, a small yet mighty health care organization that’s become a quiet fixture on 4433 Florin Road since 2007.
Golden Rule Services, which provides a menu of services to underserved groups – one focus is on gay men and women from the African American and Latino communities – was born from the hopes and dreams of chief executive and founder Clarmundo Sullivan.
As the recession began to implode our neighborhoods in 2007, Sullivan recognized the need for Golden Rule when the Sacramento County Health Clinic on Florin was closed for budget reasons. The closure increased the problems faced by the community in its struggle to find easily accessible and affordable health care.
“If we’re going to make a difference and hold true to our mission, we have to be in South Sacramento, whether we like it or not,” Sullivan recalls thinking at the time.
Sullivan brought more than a decade of professional experience in health care as a community outreach worker and case manager, with emphasis on anger management, homeless youth and HIV-AIDS education.
Research proved to Sullivan that the South Sacramento ZIP Codes of 95823 and 95824 were prime locations for exceptionally high incidents of health challenges, including cases of AIDS and HIV affecting men of color. With those findings, Sullivan decided he would start Golden Rule Services.
Determined not to become a “one size fits all” organization, Sullivan sought to provide a personal experience for clients. With a focus on helping men of color, the Men’s Soul Food Project was born. A peer-led focus group directed toward gay African American men ages 22 and beyond was a success. It discovered a significantly overlooked demographic.
Soon, The Sonshine Project, Many Men Many Voices, Latino Men’s Soul Food Project, Lambda Lounge, and the Kalifa Project followed, reaching a younger demographic of gay men and women from African American and Latino communities.
Although Golden Rule exemplifies a small non-profit that gives back to the community in a large way, the organization has had its share of difficulties. When Sullivan hears criticism, he responds, “What makes us stand out is the way we treat people.”
My meeting with Sullivan is interrupted when staff members explain that several clients have arrived. I watch Sullivan greet everyone in the waiting area. The hugs, offering of refreshments and brief moments of everyone catching up make me forget I’m inside a health service organization. I feel like I have entered the living room of dear old friends. Sullivan turns to me and explains, “We treat people like family.”
The services at Golden Rule are free. They include HIV and AIDS education workshops, STD screening, counseling and referrals, support groups, needle exchanges, condom distribution, rapid HIV testing and focus groups. The mission statement tells the story: “Treat others the way you want to be treated but EVEN BETTER.”
“Sometimes we have to make the choice: do we pay for advertising or for helping people?” Sullivan says. He lets the question answer itself.