With interpretive dance, stilt walkers, a ribbon cutting, and trademark pink and green balloons soaring, the kickoff of Out of the Closet thrift store was truly a “Grand Opening!” The Columbus store is the 22nd facility operated nationally by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). Located in the Short North at 1230 N. High Street, the new store is far more than meets the eye. Nestled in the back of the store is a pharmacy that serves the community regardless of ability to pay. Out of the Closet is able to make this work because 96 cents of every dollar of thrift store sales goes toward HIV/AIDS prevention and community support.
Adam Ouderkirk, Senior Director of Program & Business Development for Out Of The Closet and AHF said, “With the combination of HIV healthcare, STI testing and treatment, HIV testing, and pharmacy services, we are able to address all aspects of sexual and HIV health – promoting sexual responsibility, reducing viral load in those infected, helping people know their status, reducing ignorance about HIV, and getting closer to our goal of stopping this epidemic.”
The facility offers free STI testing and on-site counseling. They accept most insurances, Medicaid, Medicare and clients without coverage benefit from a Ryan White grant through the Columbus Public Health Department. Out of the Closet also operates a Patient Care Facility at 815 W. Broad St., Suite 350.
Out of the Closet is determined to make a difference in the level of care to the Columbus LGBTQA community as they have in other communities. The Quorum Columbus crew had the pleasure of attending the opening festivities. We are thrilled to help welcome this national non-profit service organization to our community!