Solano AIDS Coalition continues work ...

Solano AIDS Coalition continues work in new location

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Vallejo, CA

#1 Apr 4, 2013
Solano AIDS Coalition continues work in new location

The January closure of the Solano AIDS Coalition Thrift Store in downtown Vallejo dealt a blow to Mario Saucedo, but it did not knock him out.

Saucedo is now operating out of a new spot on Tennessee Street, offering the same HIV/AIDS prevention services he did at the former location, the corner of Marin and Georgia streets.

"HIV is not a joke. We still have a lot of people infected with HIV," Saucedo said inside the new store at 721 Tennessee St. "People don't talk about HIV. I'm an advocate. I've lost all my friends" to the disease.

After more than three years downtown, Saucedo closed his doors in early January after the building owner indicated he needed to develop the space into new uses.

At that spot, Saucedo passed out condoms, provided information and referrals, and helped needy families with food and clothing.

He said he intends to continue his AIDS prevention work in the community and will stage events as he has in the past, including a holiday toy giveaway, World AIDS Day celebration, HIV/AIDS testing and other services.

On a recent morning, Saucedo displayed a pile of condoms on the store counter, saying he intended to give them away free to anyone who comes in and requests them.

The condoms not only help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS but also help prevent unwanted pregnancies, he said.

"I'm not promoting sex. I'm saving peoples lives," Saucedo said.

The new thrift store occupies a portion of the Randu Original Tile & Stone store owned by Randy Golovich of Vallejo.

Golovich said he has donated the space because he supports Saucedo and his efforts.

"I know Mario and he's got a good following and a good cause," Golovich said. "I heard what happened to him downtown and told him I could make room for him in the front" of the store.

The rest of the space is a showroom for Golovich's tiles. He said business has been slow, and he is happy to help.

"Times are tough and I'm struggling, but why not step up and help where I can?" he said.
dung bandit

Hayward, CA

#2 Apr 4, 2013
prevent aids, sit down and keep your mouth shut
Son of Sam

United States

#3 Apr 4, 2013
Maybe they can held Sam find his neck
Son of Sam

United States

#4 Apr 4, 2013
Son of Sam wrote:
Maybe they can held Sam find his neck
that's supposed to be "help" not "held".

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