Our History

Bebashi has been helping people since 1985.

Bebashi – Transition to Hope was founded as a full-service HIV/AIDS organization with special interest in serving low-income people of color with HIV disease. As the second-oldest AIDS service organization in the Philadelphia region, Bebashi was the first African-American organization in the United States to address the AIDS crisis. It remains one of Philadelphia’s largest community-based minority providers of HIV/AIDS education and services for the urban community.


Bebashi – Transition to Hope Founded

Bebashi was founded to address the AIDS crisis among people of color. The organization had no paid staff and office space loaned from 1199C. Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer (formerly Hassan) was the first Executive Director.


Bebashi offers Medical Case Management Services to link people living with HIV/AIDS to primary care, encourage ongoing engagement in care, assist with treatment adherence and help connect them to other needed resources and services.


Gary Bell joins Bebashi as Executive Director. At that time the organization had about 1700 clients, 16 staff and a budget of about $700k


Moved to current location at 1235 Spring Garden Street


Established Second Helping Emergency Food Pantry


Created support groups for people affected by HIV.


Selected to participate in the landmark Black Men’s Health Survey—a federally-funded five-year incidence study aimed to interpret the cultural, psychological, and environmental causes contributing to the disparately high rates of HIV infection among black MSM.


Established Our Bodies Breast Health Program


Began offering Hepatitis C education, testing and referrals.


Enrolled in 340B Program, which provides drugs to eligible patients at reduced prices.


Established Resource Navigation program, to assist low-income individuals in accessing resources and services to overcome challenges and achieve self-sufficiency.


Launched an initiative to pay for State photo ID cards for individuals experiencing deep poverty. Having ID is necessary for individuals to apply for benefits, jobs and education.


Began offering Club 1509 Services, which provide intensive prevention and navigation services for young LGBT individuals at high risk of HIV infection.


Initiated Trans Necessities a resource where Trans individuals can obtain clothing, wigs, prosthetic breasts, binders and other necessities as well as health information, testing and referrals for primary care, PrEP and other resources.


Bebashi serves approximately 21,000 individuals annually and provides a comprehensive array of services to empower low-income individuals to improve their health and overall well-being.


Received a grant from the CDC (our first stand alone federal grant) to establish the wellness clinic.


Bebashi staff was front line during the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Celebrated the opening of the Trans Necessities Closet, a safe space for persons of trans experience or gender non- conforming individuals to have free access to gender affirming clothing, accessories, and resources.




Sebrina Tate named the new Executive Director.


Bebashi in the community

Bebashi provides a continuum of care (free of charge) involving culturally sensitive and competent community education, HIV, STI, and pregnancy counseling and testing services, and medical case management (for HIV+ individuals).

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