Organization Spotlight – AIDSCare
Clue #1: What Chicago based HIV/AIDS Organization provides housing, health and substance abuse programs for its clients?
Clue 2: Dining Out for Life, is one of the signature fundraising events for this organization?
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To bridge sickness to health, homelessness to permanent housing, and poverty to self-sufficiency for individuals and families overcoming life challenging conditions is the mission of AIDSCare Progressive Services. Jim Flosi created AIDSCare to combat both poverty and HIV/AIDS, in 1992. Seventeen years later, AIDSCare has provided housing, community and wellness services to more than 300 limited-income families, adults and homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Flosi continues to lead AIDSCare as its executive director.
Here are some of the services AIDSCare provide its residents and clients:
Healthy Living Program
- Basic HIV Education
- Comprehension of Medications
- HIV Medication and Mental Health Connection
Life Enhancement Program
- Linking clients to educational opportunities
- Counseling to improve and restore relationships
- Instruction on how to improve communication to decrease conflicts
- Self-esteem, Anger Management and Stress Management
- Computer Literacy
- Vocational Support
Sober Living Program
- Substance-Use Education
- Peer-to-Peer Services
- Alcohol and drug-free social and recreational activities
- Recovery Coaching or Mentoring
Tenant Relations Program
- Paying rent on time
- Being lease compliant
- Communicating with property management
- Remaining respectful to the property and its occupants
- Knowing your responsibilities as tenants and community members
To volunteer or donate to AIDSCare please visit the website: http://www.aidscarechicago.org.
Sandra Davis is a marketing communications professional and health educator, who is concerned about the health and well-being of women of color. Ms. Davis dons her red pumps to support her fellow sisters in the struggle against ignorance and HIV/AIDS. To have your HIV/AIDS organization featured, please email Sandra at: [email protected]