Less than two weeks ago a fire destroyed a community hub for people affected by HIV and AIDS. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, even though The Damien Center is used to providing support for others, hundreds rallied together on Sunday to give some of that love back.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- "It's amazing that today in 2013 people are there in our community for people living with AIDS," said Perry Junjalas.
For the Damien Center, it's always been about support. However, on Sunday night hundreds of people piled into Rock's Nightclub to offer their support for the center.
"It's just sad when something like this happens and we just want to make sure we do everything we can to get these guys back on track," said Keith Lewis.
Last month, a fast moving fire destroyed the South Lake Avenue center that provides assistance to thousands of people affected by HIV or AIDS.
"All of us here have had friends that have passed away or been affiliated with going to the Damien Center," said Ms. Rocks.
That's why head entertainer Ms. Rocks said within hours of the fire she already had more than 30 acts lined up and ready to sing to the tune of recovery.
Lance Rider said, "All of my staff the bartenders, the security, the lighting guy, the DJ all are donating their time."
The events proves that even without a home base, The Damien Center is still achieving the same goal.
"Back in the day we had nothing and it was grassroots and it was really about bringing people together," said Junjalas.
Leaders haven't decided whether they'll rebuild or move to a new location, but with the strength of community, one thing is for sure.
"We're going to be able to there for each man woman and child who's struggling with HIV and aids living in our community here to make sure they receive the love they deserve," Junjalas said.
Until a long term plan is made, services are being provided at the First Lutheran Church on Western Avenue.