1ERC Main Office
230 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1800
Atlanta, GA 30303
2ERC Clinic
230 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1800
Atlanta, GA 30303
3Behavioral Health/Outreach
230 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1800
Atlanta, GA 30303


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Saturday by appointment only!


In this digital world of ours, staying in the know about what's happening in your industry has never been more important!  Empowerment Resource Center understand this issue and strives to stays up to date. Articles of interest and value are gathered from regional, Georgia and national news.


I Have An STI, Now What?

November 5, 2018 10:40 ET | By: Tiffany Mensah & Salena Araya


So, you’ve just found out you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI).As you go through the motions, you may start feeling like you are the only person to go through this and may feel isolated among your friends and family.

We want you to know that you are NOT alone.

Despite the silence surrounding this topic, STIs are extremely common – there were over 2.2 million reported cases in the US in 2017. In fact, the CDC says that STI rates have been increasing and are at a record high in the US. So chances are you’re not the only person - statistically, you’re definitely not alone!

Now what comes next? Well, the answer is varies according to your diagnosis.  Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomonas, and Syphilis are currently curable through a regimen of antibiotics.  It is better to seek treatment NOW rather than later.

If your diagnosed STI is not curable, such as Hepatitis B, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV or hperes), HIV and Human Papillomavirus (HPV), it is still important for you to seek medical guidance and treatment.  These diseases may have serious consequences beyond the immediate impact of the infection itself. 


But who should you go to? If you have insurance, going to your primary care doctor is an option. If you don’t, local clinics and organizations near you may offer treatment – sometimes for free or on a sliding scale. 

One organization in Atlanta is working hard to increase access to affordable treatment, as well as raise awareness surrounding STI’s. Empowerment Resource Center (ERC) is centrally located on Peachtree Street across from the Peachtree Center MARTA station and next door to Georgia State’s campus, making it accessible to virtually anyone. With a fully operational clinic carrying state-of-the-art equipment, the agency boasts a boutique-like experience that operates on the ideals of “privacy, confidentiality, and individuality” services.

Coming to terms with your diagnosis can be emotionally and mentally draining. Seeking peace with your newly found diagnosis is also very important. Thus, seeking treatment might not be your only priority. If you’re having a tough time, support groups provide a safe space for open discussion and can be a great way to meet new people.

By no means is this meant to be a wholistic plan for how you should personally deal with your STI diagnosis, but if there’s anything to take away from this:

1. You Are Not Alone.
2. You Are Not Your Sexually Transmitted Infection.
3. Take Care Of Yourself and Seek Treatment Immediately.

If you would like to talk to someone about creating a plan for yourself and get treatment or if you want to get tested to learn your STI and HIV status, then call us at 404.526.1148!  We will answer any question you may have and help you in any way we can.  



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CARF Accreditation Announcement!

Empowerment Resource Center Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation
October 23, 2018 12:40 ET | Source: Empowerment Resource Center | Press Release (PDF)



ATLANTA (GA) - - Empowerment Resource Center (ERC) was honored in October with the highest certification possible – a three-year accreditation—from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for its Intensive Outpatient Treatment (Integrated: AOH/MH) and Outpatient Treatment (Integrated: AOD/MH) programs.This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has given to ERC. 

An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process.It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. “ERC has many strengths,” the survey notes.

Excerpts from the survey reflect areas of excellence:

Organizational Leadership

“ERC has a dynamic CEO who has surrounded herself with key staff members who lead the organization and have multiple roles in the provision of services for its clients.The team meets regularly to discuss the day-to-day operations of ERC and the integration of full-time staff with contract staff to ensure the continuity of services for clients.”

Dedicated Staff

“ERC has a very dedicated staff that works with a high-risk population to provide outpatient services for mental health and substance abuse and its primary mission of HIV services. […] Clients attending outpatient, intensive outpatient treatment, and mental health services at ERC in downtown Atlanta described a caring staff that treated both their medical needs and their substance abuse and mental health issues.

Robust Partnerships

Community referral sources spoke highly of the services provided by ERC and chose the organization over other agencies in Atlanta for clients’ needs for substance abuse and mental health services.By providing treatment to a special population, the organization has created a unique set of services for its clients that are well respected in the community.

“It is gratifying to have peers acknowledge the excellence that our employees exemplify every day,” said Jacqueline Brown, CEO of ERC. “Our clients and their families come first, and this accreditation is an indication of that collective ethic at ERC.”

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process.To learn more about CARF, please visit http://www.carf.org.

About Empowerment Resource Center:

Established in 2003, Empowerment Resource Center is recognized as an experienced and respected non-profit, 501(C)(3) community-based organization in Atlanta that provides health-related programs and services to the general public, with a priority focus on women.  For additional information about ERC, please visit www.erc-inc.org or call us at 404.526.1145. Please support ERC's health-related programs and services CFC#72847.


Karla Porch, Director of Business Development

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Midtown Atlanta Rotary Honors Empowerment Resource Center

Dr. Paul Donnan Awarded the Barbara B. Rose Volunteer of the Year
By Jessica Herrera on July 21, 2017

From left to right: Dr. Paul Donnan and Barbara B. Rose

Atlanta (GA) -- The Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club honored Empowerment Resource Center’s Dr. Paul Donnan as the 2017 Barbara B. Rose Volunteer of the Year. This is the eleventh year that the local civic organization has honored a community volunteer with a ceremony and donations to the volunteer’s nominating organization.

When Empowerment Resource Center (ERC) was tasked by the Midtown Atlanta Rotary to nominate a volunteer who has made a significant impact on our organization, it was immediately clear who had tirelessly given their time, energy and resources to assist ERC’s mission and vision. That individual was Dr. Paul Donnan. He has an extensive volunteer background with ERC and the community at large, as a volunteer coach for the Georgia Tech Rugby Team; volunteer Medical Director for the Center for Black Women’s Wellness safety clinic; Board Member for the Atlanta Dogwood Festival; precept for first-year medical students from Emory University; and precept for Nurse Practitioner students from Mercer University and Georgia State University. 

"His willingness to listen, learn and go above and beyond for his clients is what makes him a wonderful physician, volunteer and asset to the ERC team." - Sherrie Powell

"Dr. Donnan has been a great help and influence for me.  Not only is he my primary care physician, I consider him a friend," said Sherrie Powell, Executive Assistant of Empowerment Resource Center. "I would not have been able to be a part of Empowerment Resource Center, had he not suggested that I apply for a volunteer position.  I am extremely thankful ever day that I followed his advice."         

Since 2010, Dr. Donnan has been a committed volunteer to ERC, initially serving as volunteer physician, then humbly accepting the position as Medical Director for the ERC Comprehensive Intervention Clinic and finally volunteering as Treasurer for the ERC Board of Directors. Under his exceptional leadership, the ERC Comprehensive Intervention Clinic has blossomed from a small community clinic providing HIV screening and prevention services to offering family planning counseling and services, mental health therapy and psychiatric medication management. With the support of Dr. Donnan, ERC has consistently ensured the provision of free and low-cost clinical services to the economically and medically underserved. His passion for helping others manifests itself in countless ways for ERC and the communities that ERC is privileged to serve.

We are extremely proud of Dr. Donnan and his accomplishments.  Congratulations, Dr. Donnan, there is no one more deserving of this award than you!

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10th Annual Take Charge. Get Tested.™

Take Charge. Get Tested.™ Event Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary Milestone

By Karla Porch on July 27, 2017


Atlanta (GA) -- Ten years ago, Empowerment Resource Center (ERC) hosted its first Take Charge. Get Tested. TM Health Fair in observance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th. On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, ERC hosted its 10th annual Take Charge. Get Tested. TM Health Fair on Tuesday, June 27th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hurt Park, between Edgewood Avenue and Courtland Street. This community-wide health fair offered free HIV testing, health screenings and information provided by many of the region’s leading community-based organizations and health care providers. Streetz 94.5 is one of the media sponsors for the 2017 Take Charge. Get Tested. TM Event. Our collaborators for this campaign included the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, Hope Atlanta, Emory University Center for AIDS Research WIHS, and The City of Atlanta.  

439 Atlantans registered to attend and a total of 251 clients were provided a free HIV screening.

We, at ERC, recognize that early diagnosis continues to be paramount in better health outcomes. It is our goal to increase public knowledge about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, make HIV-testing routine, and help reduce the stigma associated with HIV. Through the Take Charge. Get Tested.™ Event, we strive to promote an open dialogue about HIV in our communities.

"Early diagnosis continues to be paramount in better health outcomes," said Jacqueline Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Empowerment Resource Center." We are encouraging all Atlantans to get tested during National HIV Testing Day. It is our goal to increase public knowledge about the epidemic, make HIV-testing routine, and promote an open dialogue about HIV in our communities." Empowerment Resource Center (ERC) directly delivers programs and services that equip individuals with the tools to spur positive, behavioral change, and strengthen their sense of self-confidence in choosing healthier alternatives. Over the past nine years, the Take Charge. Get Tested.™ Event has provided HIV testing to over 2,000 clients who became aware of their status.

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Fulton County Board of Commissioners Proclaims ERC Take Charge. Get Tested.™ Day

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Proclaims ERC Take Charge. Get Tested. Day
By Karla Porch on July 17, 2017

Atlanta (GA) -- Empowerment Resource Center (ERC) received a Proclamation sponsored by Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners recognizing June 27, 2017 as Take Charge. Get Tested.™ Day.  

The proclamation honors the 10th year of ERC's signature event, Take Charge. Get Tested.™ on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Historic Hurt Park, 100 Edgewood Avenue, NE., Atlanta, GA, from 12 pm – 6 pm.  In collaboration with its volunteers and other community partners, this community outreach campaign is expected to reach 1,500 Atlantans and provide a free rapid HIV test to as many people as will come out. Additional health care services, such as Hepatitis C, Diabetes, Blood Pressure screenings and Spinal Checks, will be offered from partner agencies.

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