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The Northern Utah AIDS Society had just barely settled into its new offices when it had to move again.

Since March, when the service agency moved into its Washington Boulevard storefront, the number of clients has quadrupled, said Russell Griffin, the agency's public relations coordinator."I think our client list has increased so dramatically because people with AIDS have realized we're not going away. They say, `Hey, they are there, so why not utilize their services?' " Griffin said.

Paul Robinson of Ogden has been living with AIDS for almost three years and remembers when there was nowhere to go in Ogden for help.

"Before this there was nothing. I used to get more depressed than I do now because I thought nobody cared. I know now that's not true. They care here at the center," Robinson said.

Griffin said he anticipates the client list will grow even more as the summer months approach because people in transition may be moving to Ogden.

The office has been closed since Friday and will reopen Wednesday in its new location in the former Stevens Henager Building on Grant Avenue, which will be renamed the Grant Community Cen-ter.

The AIDS center will occupy office space on the second floor of the three-story building and will include a food bank and retail store on the ground floor. Plans are to lease out the rest of the space.

Griffin said renaming the building is a way to make the whole community feel welcome.

"AIDS is killing our kids. We need to get the word out and bring awareness to the whole community. We are doing that as a community service," Griffin said.

The medical community has assisted with financial support, which has provided the money for the move and the seeds of a building-purchase fund, Griffin said.

An open house for the public to tour the facility is tentatively scheduled to coincide with the Street Festival July 16.