bel aire motel

Fifth Street Renaissance (FSR) was chosen to provide housing opportunities to people living at the Bel Aire Motel prior to it’s demolition. Among the individuals at the motel were veterans who had lived there for many years. Fifth Street Renaissance provides services to improve quality of life for many persons in transition in our area. Thank You To All Who Help Support This Agency!

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Established in 1979, Fifth Street Renaissance offers transitional housing for the homeless, a food pantry for the hungry, various programs for persons living with HIV and AIDS, a transitional youth program, and various other programs for those in need of a helping hand. The 2006 merge of Springfield Aids Resource Association (SARA Center) and Fifth Street Renaissance, has also afforded more extensive HIV education and outreach, on site testing and support services for those living with HIV and their families.

One of the most rapidly growing social service agencies in the Springfield area, Fifth Street Renaissance/SARA Center staffs knowledgeable and competent professionals to provide intense, holistic services and address all barriers to independent living. Priding itself on the care and respect that is shown to every individual seeking assistance, Fifth Street Renaissance/SARA Center will continue to meet, with excellence, the needs of those in crisis within our community and across the state of Illinois.