AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) marked the opening of its newest ‘Out of the Closet Vintage’ location—and its first outside the United States—with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Saturday, April 28 in Amsterdam at 158 Jodenbreestraat.
The store is now open for business and accepting donations of clothing, accessories, furniture and household goods—the sale of which will provide fund for lifesaving HIV/AIDS services.
With twenty-two locations in the United States—including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami—AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s award winning “Out of the Closet” thrift store chain is the United States’ largest retail fundraising vehicle for HIV/AIDS medical care and research. Boasting more than 1 million shoppers per year, the chain has raised millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS medical services since it first opened in Los Angeles in 1995.
In addition to providing funding for lifesaving services, many “Out of the Closet” stores offer free HIV testing services, part of AHF’s innovative community-based, alternative-site testing program. In Amsterdam, ‘Out of the Closet Vintage’ will be offering free HIV testing and counseling services later in the year.
“AHF is proud to open our first Out of the Closet store in Amsterdam—which has been the home-base for the organization’s global operations for more than 10 years. Amsterdam is just the right place for this newest venture as it is a community that thrives on doing good both locally and globally.”
—Michael Weinstein, AHF President
A view of the racks and racks of clothing inside Out of the Closet Vintage in Amsterdam