Because of you...

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December 1st is designated as World AIDS Day.  This year our theme is – Because of You…

Our clients at Positive Wellness Alliance say that a lot to us – because of you I’m connected to medical care; because of you I have housing; because of you I understand more about my disease and how to live with HIV; because of you I understand the importance of taking my medication; because of you I have access to my medication; because of you I can get extra food to get me through the month; because of you there are support groups where I feel welcomed and accepted and not alone; because of you there is someone on the other end of the phone that I know understands and accepts me as I am; because of you I know that you do not judge me or how I became infected; because of you I have a safe place to go and just “be”.

For our supporters – because of you – we can continue to do the hard work of assisting our over 250 clients who are living with HIV.   Your belief and support of our work means the world to us.  Some days are harder than others, but because of you, we know you have our “back”. 

The stories we will tell over the next few days will reflect this theme.  Some will be difficult to read; others will celebrate lives lived or those who are still living.