A&PI Trans Thrive


March 2015


Starting March 26, in collaboration with Project Open and Lava Mae, the Lava Mae shower bus can be found at Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center every Thursday 9:30am-3:30pm (Parked out front, sign up at the bus).

Lava Mae is a mobile shower and sanitation service. We convert retired MUNI buses into bathrooms on wheels; each bus is equipped with two completely private facilities, each with a shower, toilet, sink, and changing area. Sign-ups are free and first-come-first-serve. Soap and towels are provided.

Lava Mae was founded in 2013 by Doniece Sandoval, after she passed a woman crying about how she'd never be clean. After researching shower availability for the homeless in SF (very, very limited), she was inspired by the food truck movement to try bathrooms on wheels, similar to the kitchens on wheels. Once she read that MUNI was decommissioning a whole fleet of the old diesel buses, the stars lined up and Lava Mae was born. We deliver our service in partnership with nonprofit service providers working with the homeless.

Please take note of our schedule changes for the month of March.
We at TRANS: THRIVE are committed to prioritize our clients’ needs and at
the same time take into the highest consideration trends that will work best for our clients.  

Drop- In Schedule:
Tuesday- 2:00pm- 5:00pm
Wednesday- Drop-In CLOSED
Thursday, Friday and Saturday-  1:00pm- 5:00pm

Transmasculine Group- 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 6:00pm- 7:30pm.

*Free HIV testing offered **Trans Folks Only


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Drop-in Center
We are here for you! Stop by Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 2:00-5:00pm (TG Youth Specific Drop-In, Wednesdays, 4:00pm-7:00pm) and explore our various services that may fit your needs. We have a computer lab, clothing closet, library and more.

Groups and Workshops
We offer a variety of groups and workshops that address diversity, culture and topics including self-esteem and coping skills, HIV education, harm reduction, sex and dating and more. Most of the groups offer refreshments and light snacks. Participants are required to be on time and be present for the entire time of workshops.

TransMasculine Group
Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm

This is a social and support group for female-to-male (FTM) people and anyone else labeled female or intersex at birth who identifies on the transmasculine spectrum.

TransFeminine Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:00pm-7:30pm

An after -hours discussion and support group for transgender women primarily geared towards those women who can't make it during daytime drop-in hours. Relevant transgender topics are discussed every session with guest speakers.

Seeking Safety
Tuesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm

A therapist–led check-in group focused on topics like depression, anxiety, bi-polar and more.

Healthy You
Thursdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm

A group for all trans & gender non-conforming folks to share ways to take care of yourself, featuring a different health topic each week that contributes the wellness on the transgender individual.

Folks Who Feast!
Every Friday, 2:30pm-3:30pm

Join us for a specially prepared meal of various cuisines! Discussion about culture and tradition! Trans women and their friends are welcome in this group!

ATE / Asian & Pacific Islander Transgender Empowerment Program
1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Asian & Pacific Islander Transgender Empowerment Group is a support group that caters to the Asian & Pacific Islander male to female transgender community. Various topics relevant to A&PI MtF folks!

T- Time
Saturday, 2:00pm- 4:00pm

A fierce new venue celebrating transgender women of color. Come eat, share and get the latest Tee!

Saturdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm

A support group that celebrates DIVERSITY in the transgender community. Activities include poem readings, karaoke and more.

Candy Shop
Wednesdays, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Drop-in space for trans, gender variant & questioning, queer, and intersex youth ages 14-24.

Transmen 4 Men (tm4m)
Thursday, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Eros

A social group for transmen who play with men (or want to...) and the guys who play with them. Events are held at Eros, 2051 Market Street, SF, CA. Click here for the tm4m page.

Trans Empowerment
Fridays, 3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
A structured employment drop-in facilitated by Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative.


Transform SF
Transform SF is a new HIV Testing initiative put on by a collaboration with A&PI Wellness Center, ELLA and IFR. Transform SF offers free confidential and anonymous HIV testing for trans folks, keeping our transgender community healthy and having sex positive outlook about having healthy sexual lives. We also provide linkages to services if needed.

    Yvette Flunder Foundation

In-TYCE Leadership/ Mentorship Program
IN-TYCE- Integrated Transgender Youth of Color Empowerment Program for trans youth ages 14-24. Next cohort training begins September 2014.

tm4m is a group for transmen who play with men (or want to...) and the men who play with us. Our goal is to provide information, education and support to transmen who have sex with men (both other transguys and cisguys).

Needle Exchange
A needle exchange for hormone and IDU users. Bring in your used needles and we can exchange them for new fresh needles.

Open during drop-in hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday - 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A needle exchange for hormone and IDU users. Bring in your used needles and we can exchange them for new, fresh needles.

Social Events
In addition to support groups, we host special events and gatherings. Sign up for our e- newsletter to know more.

Prevention Case Management and Counseling
Drop-In or by Appointment

Meet with our Trans Thrive staff one on one for counseling and get social support and guidance in navigating thru the public service system available for trans folks! We collaborate with local agencies to bring you employment counseling, legal resources, art projects, yoga, meditation, mental health services, health education and more.

We are proud to partner with these community organizations:

The Center of Excellence for Transgender HIV Prevention
Dimensions Clinic
The El/La Program para Trans Latinas
Instituto Familiar de la Raza
Mission Neighborhood Health Center
Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative/The LGBT Center
Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project
Trannywood Films
Transgender Law Center
Walden House
Mariposa Project
Public Health Institute

Leadership Opportunities
As a peer led facility, we encourage leadership and initiative within the transgender community. We have various volunteer opportunities throughout the year. For more information, contact

730 Polk St., 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109

ph. 415-409-4101 (Information Line. This number is answered during Operation Hours Only)
f. 415-409-4105

TRANS: THRIVE, which stands for Transgender Resource and Neighborhood Space (TRANS), and Transgender Health & Resource Initiative for Vital Empowerment (THRIVE) is the new incarnation of the transgender drop-in started by UCSF and transferred to Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center. TRANS: THRIVE was initially made possible by the continuation of a grant from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). We are now funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office. The T-LISH youth program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by way of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.


Nikki “Tita Aida” Calma
TRANS:THRIVE Program Supervisor
415- 292-3400 Ext 348

Niko Kowell
Health Promotion Coordinator
415- 292-3400 Ext 348

Vanessa Warri
Health Promotion Specialist/Prevention Case Specialist
415-292-3400 Ext 115

Jasmine Powell
Health Promotion Specialist
415-292-3400 Ext 327

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