The Montrose Center’s Community PROMISE team works to educate vulnerable populations about HIV/AIDS and how to reduce one’s the risk of HIV infection. The Peers Reaching Out and Modeling Intervention Strategies (PROMISE) program works by allowing members of the African American MSM community to share their stories about how they have lowered their risk for HIV infection. Ways of reducing risk include increasing condom use, reducing the number of sexual partners, decreasing substance abuse, and engaging in safer methods of drug use. Besides sharing their own stories, Peer Advocates distribute other role model stories, condoms, and bleach kits. Their participation allows the Center to reach people who otherwise might not receive services. For more information or to volunteer as a Peer Advocate, please call 713.529.0037 x321.