About The Hope and Help Center of Central Florida.

Our Mission: To save lives by treating and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Central Florida.

Our Vision: A world without HIV/AIDS.

Our History: Since 1988, the Hope and Help Center has proudly provided comprehensive and compassionate support in Central Florida for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. As the premier HIV/AIDS service organization in the region, Hope and Help Center offers a full range of care services, as well as education and prevention initiatives that save lives, refute the stigma, and offer hope to all those touched by this disease. Throughout the years we have grown with eight locations throughout Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola Counties.

Our Services

  • Medical Case Management
  • Medicaid Case Management (PAC)
  • Non-Medical Case Management
    • Eligibility for Ryan White funded services
    • Pharmacy Eligibility
  • Peer Mentoring
  • AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (AICP)
  • Mobile Testing Unit
  • Youth Education and Outreach
  • HIV Prevention Classes
  • Food Pantry
  • CDC Prevention Interventions:
    • WILLOW
    • SISTA
    • POL
    • Project START
    • Counseling, Testing & Referral

Executive Staff

Marilyn Carifi, MSW, Executive Director

J. Jay Flicker, PsyD., Director of Contracts Management

Terry Petrencsik, Finance Director

Chris Hessler, Events Manager   


Board Members  

President:   Richard Truitt:  Charles Schwab

Vice President & Treasurer:   Robert Adams: AIMM Consulting

Secretary: Elizabeth Bauer: Walgreens

Tracy Richardson: WKMG

 Advisory Board

Ted Bradford: BB&T

Jan Hudson:  Walt Disney World

Kate Mees: Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare

Barbara Poma: RB Management, Inc.

Bruce Pooley: SunTrust Bank

Lee Lopez: City of Deltona

Thearon Scurlock

Dr. Ron Stanish: Winter Park Family Health Center

Darcel Stevens: Parliament House