The San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1986.
The organization was founded by Robert Edwards (also known as “Papa Bear”) a local bar owner who responded to the medical and social crisis at a time when most were afraid to acknowledge the AIDS epidemic.
SAAF grew from a volunteer grass-roots effort and is now the oldest and most comprehensive professionally managed organization that provides services for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Bexar County and 11 surrounding South Texas counties.
B.E.A.T. stands for, “Black Effort Against the Threat of AIDS.” That’s who we are. What sets us apart from similar organizations is our commitment to excellence by our ability to meet people where they are: whether recovering and desiring change, or homeless, incarcerated, abused/neglected, isolated, actively addicted. We go where no one else will to get people tested and linked to care: under the bridges, into the crack houses, heroin dens, shooting galleries, bath houses. We mirror our community. We mirror our community. We ARE the community.
To provide LGBTQ+ homeless young adults with a safe and supportive environment to facilitate their empowerment toward transforming their lives.
To create an equitable community where all LGBTQ+ young adults can flourish.