In 1989, a young man named Stephen, on learning he had contracted AIDS, approached several churches for assistance. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church rallied to his support. One of the members of the church welcomed him in their own home, and provided housing, transportation , and other support until Stephen died a year later. Others with HIV and AIDS soon followed, and the ministry grew. Supported in the beginning by the Augusta Convocation of Episcopal Churches, St. Stephen’s Ministry was incorporated in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) agency, and is now supported by United Way and the City of Augusta Housing and Community Development Department. We also rely heavily on private donations.
Our services fall into two focus areas. Our transitional housing facility, St. Stephen’s House, provides not just housing, but also strives to equip residents with the skills needed to live independent and productive lives. We also serve the larger HIV/AIDS community through a variety of community services designed to increase the quality of life, health, and well-being of those we serve.
St. Stephen’s Ministry serves the low income and homeless HIV/AIDS community in 15 counties of the CSRA. Our service area includes Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes counties in Georgia; and Aiken, Edgefield, and McCormick counties in South Carolina.