After Hours Project

Our Team
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Staff at After Hours has a deep commitment to the work they do, knowing that each service encounter can change someone’s life. They have extensive experience in the harm-reduction field and are dedicated to compassionate service for those who are in need. The staff at After Hours provides assistance in many languages, and is comprised of engaged members of the community.
Fernando Soto
Written by Robert Manshack
Fernando-Soto
Fernando Soto
Founder & Executive Director

Fernando Soto is the Founder and Executive Director of After Hours Project, Inc. (AHP).

Fernando began his harm reduction career in the 1990s as an underground volunteer, distributing and collecting syringes in the South Bronx. Prior to founding AHP he worked for the Family Service Network of New York (FSNNY), working at different times as a Case Manager, Syringe Exchange Coordinator and Director of Harm Reduction Services. After 13 years of delivering direct services, he recognized the need for harm reduction services after traditional working hours, and in 2002, he created AHP using his own capital, and working for more than three years as a volunteer. In 2003, he was recognized by the Fund for the City of New York with the “Union Square Award” for his innovative approach in the delivery of harm reduction services. After that, additional funding started to trickle in and Fernando hired staff and expanded AHP’s scope of services, ultimately growing the organization to staff of 27. Today, AHP manages a drop-in center and operates several mobile units, as Fernando continues to explore new and innovative ways of delivering services to at-risk populations.

Fernando received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Long Island University, with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. He was raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn and now lives in Howard Beach, Queens with his wife and family.