Peer Support Services | Justice Resource Institute

Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.


Peer Support Services

Peer Support Services (PSS) directly responds to people who are infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS by providing a myriad of one-on-one and peer-led social support activities. These activities include support groups that embrace the diversity of our community. Peer Support Services provides support and education for individuals around topics such as medications, relationships, sexual health, stigma, substance use, communication, and much more.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: Our focus is to help the community people living with HIV/AIDS, those at risk for infection, and the many affected by HIV, live healthier, longer, more informed lives.
Age: 18 and Up
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Sarah Quinn, LCSW
PACT & Peer Support Services Program Manager
75 Amory Street. Garden Level
Rear Entrance
Boston, MA 02119
(857) 399 1915 x 2312
Peer Client Advocacy

This one-on-one service is designed for individuals with HIV to maintain or improve one’s every day living with HIV. Common areas that JRI staff assist with are disclosure, sexual health, medication adherence, assistance with housing and financial issues, nutrition, self-care, and linkage to healthcare and mental health.

JRI Health's 25th Anniversary

THRIVE is a social, educational, and networking event for HIV+ individuals as well as HIV-negative individuals who are affected by the disease. The event is hosted at Club Café in the Back Bay section of Boston. Dinner is served at 6 p.m., followed by an educational forum at 6:30 p.m. There are music, games, and raffles, and a social mixer is at 7:30pm. THRIVE is held the second Wednesday of every month at Club Café, 351 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

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