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My House & ACYR announce merger; a significant step to ensure sustainability of vital social & recreational programs for LGBTQ+ community members in York Region.

My House: Rainbow Resources of York Region (My House) and the AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR) announced an important merger today that provides an opportunity to sustain the programs and services that My House has been delivering to the LGBTQ+ communities in York Region over the last 5 years. The merger will result in the dissolution of My House as an independent non-profit organization and adoption of My House as a program of ACYR.

The Board of Directors of both organizations, along with the staff and key stakeholders, are excited by the change.

“By placing My House in the hands of ACYR, we are ensuring that the valuable programs that we have developed over the past 5 years are sustained under a stable and well-respected organization such as ACYR. This merger will ensure that we continue to offer safe social and recreational spaces to help improve health and wellness outcomes for LGBTQ+ community members in York Region,” said Melanie Kellen, Board Chair of My House.

“Welcoming My House into our fold helps ACYR expand our program scope to reach out to and engage members of the LGBTQ+ communities in our sexual health education and promotion programs in York Region,” said Dr. Matthieu Kamwa, Co-Chair of ACYR’s Board of Directors.

ACYR and My House have shared office space since the inception of My House in 2012, and work from the same philosophies of harm reduction, anti-oppression and inclusivity. The Board of Directors for both organizations are in agreement that this merger will help reduce service disruption and ensure access to a familiar and safe space for those who have been using My House programs.

About My House: Rainbow Resources of York Region

My House is an inclusive and safe space that welcomes all members of the LGBTQ community in York Region. Those who identify with the LGBTQ community and their allies can use My House as a central point to access information and resources on services, arts and culture, and volunteer opportunities. My House provides space for members to gather as a community to form social supports and organize recreational activities to improve their overall health and wellness.

About AIDS Committee of York Region:

The AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR) was founded in 1993 and formally incorporated as a registered charitable organization in 1996. ACYR is the only organization dedicated to the delivery of dignified support and care to those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in York Region. ACYR believes in building an inclusive, safe, and healthy community; forming partnerships for positive change; and learning, helping, and growing together.

For any questions regarding this merger you may contact: Vibhuti Mehra, Executive Director, ACYR: [email protected]; Haran Vijayanathan, Project Administrator, My House: [email protected];

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