May 30th FOOD DISTRIBUTION / Distribucion de la Comida

On Saturday – May 30, 2020  Buddies of NJ, Inc. will be distributing food to the first 500 families from 10am to 12:30pm,

REQUIREMENTS: Valid State ID or Drivers Licence

El sábado 30 de mayo de 2020, Buddies of NJ, Inc. distribuirá alimentos a las primeras 500 familias de 10 a.m. a 12:30 p.m.,

REQUISITOS: Identificación válida del estado o licencia de conducir

10th Annual New Jersey AIDS WALK [VIRTUAL] MAY 1ST through 3RD 2020

One Day – One Cause – Five VIRTUAL SITES:  RIDGEWOOD  serves people living in Bergen/Passaic Counties

New Jersey AIDS WALK 2020
Serving the People of
Bergen & Passaic Counties
Dear Supporter,
We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this time.
As a part of the NJ AIDS Walk family, we want you to know that our priorities are to keep everyone – including you – safe; we have made the decision to not hold the NJ AIDS Walk 2020 event in person.  The NJ AIDS Walk board has decided that instead of a physical event we will transform the NJ AIDS Walk into a VIRTUAL EVENT!
Registration is free, so please register now! Please visit 
NJ AIDS Walk registrants will be provided with a virtual walk media kit containing tools needed to participate.
Following local and federal health guidelines participants are encouraged to create and share their own NJ AIDS WALK posters, video messages, photos, while taking their own personal walks. Go LIVE on your social media outlets and share with us #VirtualNJAW2020BPH (Bergen|Passaic|Hudson)
We’ll be extending the walk from May 1 – 3, 2020. This will not only give everyone ample time to safely participate, it will give us the opportunity to share a special 3-day photo and video documentation of the Past, Present and Future of our fight against HIV/AIDS. We’ll be posting items all throughout this time, including all of the amazing things you’re doing as supporters! Don’t forget to LIKE (LOVE!), SHARE, POST and CLICK on our virtual efforts!   
Please register at  or one of the individual agency sites* to download the NJ AIDS walk Virtual media kit and register to participate. Registration is Free!
Since the inception of the NJ AIDS Walk, 10 years ago, we have raised more than $2 Million to support HIV/AIDS services in New Jersey. Your continued support is the key to the success of Ending the HIV Epidemic. Today we need you now more than ever as we help our clients and communities, this very moment, navigate through the COVID-19 Pandemic!
If there is any community that has the strength, the will and the passion to fight the current COVID-19 pandemic IT IS US!
We are doing everything we can to support our communities NOW! We have front-line staff making sure people receive life sustaining food and crucial medication. Staff are on call, operating from home by phone and internet providing community wellness checks, support that ensures people are able to stay in their homes safely. Via telemedicine our professionals are available to provide mental health and substance use services, while others are assisting with housing referrals and handling case management to ensure health services continue.
Support for this free event can take many forms. Each of us has a role to play. For some it will be using social media talents and skills, for others it will be making sure we remember all the loved ones we’ve lost. And for others who have the means, please consider making a monetary donation. Every contribution, in any form counts and is appreciated.
Once again, on behalf of the entire NJ AIDS Walk team, we thank you for your patience and understanding. Please feel free to reach out to us with any concerns or questions, and please keep yourself, your family and your community safe and healthy!
Remember, if there is any community that knows how to get through this, it’s us! 


Kickoff Extravaganza – UNCRINKLED & READY TO GO VIRTUAL (April 30th)

2020 Kickoff Extravaganza  –  UNCRINKLED & READY TO GO VIRTUAL


VIRTUAL – NJAW Kickoff Party w. Buddies

FREE Virtual Get Together to Kickoff the VIRTUAL New Jersey AIDS WALK 2020

About this Event

Spend some time with supporters and Buddies’ Partners at a Virtual type ‘Happy Hour’ in Support of the NJ AIDS WALK .

This will be done on a ZOOM platform. Eventbrite registrants will receive a sign on link with instructions; only registrants with passwords will be allowed in the room.

There will be guest performers as well as some open mic opportunity toward the end. There will be music and fun brought right to you and where you feel most comfortable signing in.

Don’t not miss this opportunities to see friends and supporters of the NJ AIDS WALK who have been with us through the years and NOW at this most important time.

We invite each of you to set the mood in your space… lighting, comfortable place to relax and enjoy conversation and entertainment, quiet and dim enough to hear and see everyone, and, of course… BYOB Bring Your Own Bundle of fun… food, costumes, signage, beverages .


Entertainers – Singers – Poets – Visual/Dance – Comedians -Drag Artists!


Tom Hayes Holiday Brunch

Buddies of NJ invites you to our annual Tom Hayes Holiday Brunch

About this Event

Joe’s Back for one last time at New Location

Chef “Uncle Joe” from Bay Way Diner and Featured on Guy Fierri is back one last time!


CLICK NOW TO BUY TICKETS / haga clic ahora para comprar boletos

Single Tickets are $15.00 / Family of Four Tickets are $50.00 / Table $130.00

Silent Auction | TV Raffle | Mystery Tricky Tray |and More!

Make this a family and friend celebration … with our family at Buddies. It is a time for everyone to be together before the holidays!

Joe ha vuelto por última vez a una nueva ubicación

¡El chef “Tío Joe” de Bay Way Diner y presentado en Guy Fierri regresó por última vez!


Los boletos individuales cuestan $ 15.00 / Familia de cuatro boletos cuestan $ 50.00 / Mesa $ 130.00

Subasta silenciosa | Sorteo de TV | Mystery Tricky Tray | ¡y más!

Haga de esto una celebración familiar y de amigos … con nuestra familia en Buddies. ¡Es un momento para que todos estén juntos antes de las vacaciones!

World AIDS DAY | Dec. 1st


Annual Ceremony to Remember those We Lost and Celebrate those we still have…

About this Event

Join Buddies of NJ, Inc. remembering those who have gone ahead of us and those who still fighting HIV/AIDS. The martyrs, the unfortunate, the champions and more… we will remember and hopefully honor each one as we fight to defeat stigma and champion love until HIV is gone.

Light dinner and social following.

Dinner Provided by:


Únase a Buddies of NJ, Inc. para recordar a quienes nos han adelantado y a quienes aún luchan contra el VIH / SIDA. Los mártires, los desafortunados, los campeones y más … recordaremos y, con suerte, honraremos nuestra lucha para derrotar el estigma y defender el amor hasta que el VIH desaparezca. Cena ligera y social. Cena proporcionada por:

NJ Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness

A celebration of the Latinx people coming together to defeat HIV in their communities.

About this Event

Celebración de las personas latinx que se unen para vencer el VIH en sus comunidades. Celebration of the Latinx people coming together to defeat HIV in their communities.

Presentación de la cena de Feautured por Gilead Science en Estigma. Feautured dinner presentation by Gilead Sciences on Stigma.

6PM to 7PM Flu Vacinations

HIV Counseling & Testing


Después de la presentación, compartir pareja, cena, música, baile y PrEP hablar y mas… Following the presentation, partner sharing, dinner, music, dancing, PrEP talk, and more…

Date And Time

Wed, October 16, 2019

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

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Riverside Manor

27 East 33rd Street

Paterson, NJ 07514

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Buddies of NJ Resource & Community Wellness Fair


Buddies of NJ, proudly invites community partners along with service, health and wellness providers to join our 2nd Annual Buddies of NJ Resource & Community Wellness Fair

Over 30 providers come out to give healthier options to our clients and the entire community.

Area Hospitals, dentists, massage, chiropractic, mental health, substance abuse, STD & HIV Screenings, blood pressure and hear screenings, eye screenings and more.

Please Click and Fill Out Our Exibitor / Tabling Application


Buddies of NJ, Inc.

Providing Support and Services to People Living With and Affected by HIV/AIDS!

Come see the facility and people that supports a healthier community! Community partners and friends will set up tables to let people show services available at and/or by our agencies.

Food will be catered so please REGISTER ON THIS EVENTBRITE PAGE FOR A TICKET and let us know that you will be attending.

If you would like to display your services or have a table, please contact: or OR call 201-489-2900 .

If you would like to be a SPONSOR of this event please contact the Events Manager:   .

Jersey Pride & Gay Men’s Health Retreat

Jersey Pride Sunday June 2 in Asbury Park –  Join Us at Our Table  | Let Us Know if You Want to March


NJ’s 5th Gay Men’s Health Retreat


This 3-Day Retreat is offered at a fraction of the cost of similar retreats throughout the country. We officially include people living with HIV, people who are affected by HIV, and our allies. This affordable retreat is due to the generosity of the Bath Avenue House donating nearly half of the lodging cost in memory of our friend, and Buddies’ former Director, Stephen Scheuermann. We are also lucky to have the support of volunteers, speakers, restaurants, and groups who provide meals with presentations.

HIV has been one of the biggest fears that many of us, gay or bi men, are faced with. HIV, a virus that has changed lives forever in ways never expected. We, as a community, have fought to inform policy that is beating this virus and that is seeking to establish a permanent voice of equality in how we are treated. U=U is now official; UNDETECTABLE = UNTRANSMITTABLE ! HIV, although still with us, is becoming less relevant:So NOW WHAT???

Of course, our major goal is lowering the viral load to undetectable and stopping the spread of HIV. HIV is only one of the health challenges we face. HIV is now very treatable, more easily preventable, and no longer a death sentence, yet we still have unique challenges that other illnesses do not. HIV has given us an opportunity to renew who we are and how we take care of ourselves… even when we slip backward. We are not much different than other people who decide to turn their struggles into championships. HIV, however, is a unique challenge and it helps to find support from others who experience similar twists in: health, lifestyles, family, relationships, employment, legalities, spirituality, and more…


Activities and Presentations Will Touch On: Health & Wellness Beyond HIV; Giving Ourselves Space to Heal; Physical Activity & Cardio Vascular Health; Mental Wellness; Healthier Cooking; Listening & Understanding; Healthy Communication; Self-Advocacy; Disclosure vs. Non-Disclosure; Sexual Intimacy; Healthy Relationships; Prevention & PrEP; Spirituality and More…

Participants will be able to see the Jersey shore (≈300 steps away) and breathe it in, just as the warm weather begins to envelop its coast. Gay and Bi men will have a chance to relax and enjoy themselves and others who are different, yet, share similar life circumstances. It is a time to gain awareness of where we are in life and to where life may be calling us. It is a time to discover and acknowledge our strengths, weaknesses, talents, frailties, desires, needs, and more… Together we create a safe, stigma-free environment where we have us a chance to articulate who and what may support us in our journeys towards a healthier life. This is not an intense weekend of problem solving; it is going to be relaxing and fun!

YOU MAY ATTEND: Any adult man (cis or trans) who self identifies as gay, bi-sexual, or MSM may apply to attend regardless of age, race, nationality, socio-economic status, looks, religious beliefs, or political stature.

Safe space is a priority! It is our goal to keep this a safe place free of judgement or fear. We will ask that selected applicants will only be those who can present a proof of status and/or demonstrate how HIV strongly affects their lives. Anyone who pays prior to filing application is entitled to full refund if not selected. If you are coming for any other reasons than: self-enhancement, relaxation, fun, and/or brief time away from responsibilities… you may choose not to apply or to call and find out if you may experience what you hope to out of this retreat. Space is limited; apply soon!

The cost for 3-Nights & 3 Days in advance is only $210.00 per person (MEALS INCLUDED). This must be paid in advance to NJB by check or online at Eventbrite by May 6th. Upgrade to single bed room is $50. The cost is $225. after May 6th unless payment plan is arranged by emailing .


To Bring or Not To Bring …

Bring weather appropriate, comfortable clothing. Bringa nice-a pair a clothes for going one night on the town… but DO NOT OVER PACK unless you are THE QUEEN! Clean bedding, pillows, and towels are provided. Generic soap and shampoo are also provided; please bring your own tooth brush, hair brush, and/or any specialty care items for hygiene with you. Bring medications but please list any that you are bringing; narcotic prescriptions must be approved prior to acceptance of application. Alcohol and non-prescription drugs also may not be brought on premise. Smoking may only happen off premise… it will be assumed that anyone found smoking in the house is on fire and appropriate measure will be taken to put you out. There will be plenty of free time and open space for persons who need to smoke. Watches and cell phones may not be audible or visible during presentations and/or discussions; there will be safe areas available to place them during those times. Please leave negative attitudes at home. Bring on the fun and stay positive!

Talents and Skills

If you have any talents or skills that you believe can benefit persons attending this retreat, please let us know; write: subject: retreat talents and skills

The Schedule


on the Friday before the retreat

As usual, we piggy-back on the Annual Jersey Pride Celebration

Those Who Arrive Early for PRIDE May Check In & Leave Baggage in Secure Area

FULL SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED… This retreat is for self-relaxation and growth. No one is required to attend all meeting or activities… Please, however, try to attend as many that you feel you are able to. Additionally, any sponsored meals will only be for participatnts. If you choose not to particapate for a sponsored meal, you must then provide for your own meal at that time. The schedule will provide for plenty of free time and personal space. All we ask is that you do not schedule or partake in alternative activities during times that things are scheduled. Gathering and Pizza & Salad will be at SUNDAY @ 6:00PM

The Retreat will begin evening promptly at 7:00PM.

The men will enjoy pizza and salad prior to welcoming and “house-keeping”. The guys will enjoy a couple activities followed by an inspiring talk. Then just before retiring to a comfortable room we will have warm beverages and cookies out on the porch.

Monday morning a full country breakfast will be served. Lunch at ——- provided by —–. Dinner at —- by —-.

Tuesday morning a full country breakfast will be served. Presentations, discussions, and activities will happen throughout the day. One activity will be fun as it involves spending time on the streets and landscape of beautiful Ocean Grove and Asbury Park. Lunch by …

Wednesday morning a full country breakfast will be served again. There will be a very brief weekend recap and evaluation following a morning sexuality workshop. This will be done efficiently for anyone who needs to leave before 10:30am may do so.12pm Lunch by Gilead You may choose to check your bags and/or make arrangement to stay longer if weather and vacancy permits.

Meals by: , , , & consumer educational programs.


Each participant may:

  1. Drive down in his own vehicle; there is plenty of safe street parking.
  2. Carpool with friend(s). (Please offer an appropriate gratuity for gas and tolls when someone is kind enough to drive.)
  3. Apply early for transportation via NJB – LIMITED SPACE
  4. Use NJ Transit


*minimum down payment is $50.



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