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Positive Directions
February 21, 2017

 Positive Directions presents Aids Walk 2017! Build a team or walk alone, but no matter what, have your friends & family support your participation  See more
Austin VanPielt


 Positive Directions presents Aids Walk 2017! Build a team or walk alone, but no matter what, have your friends & family support your participation with donations. It is free to walk if you have raised over $25. All walkers will receive a t-shirt. Every cent raised goes directly to Positve Directions, Inc so that we can help even more people in the community. Check-in @ 9am Walk begins @ 10am About Positive Directions, Inc. Positive Directions, Inc. (PDI) started its journey in 1991 as Care Coordination Team. PDI received its 501(c)(3) determination in May of 1999. On November 10, 2001, we celebrated 10 years of providing services and education in the Wichita area and officially changed our name. PDI provides community, action, resources, education and support for those who have HIV infection and their loved ones. PD...I also educates people about behaviors that put them at risk for HIV infection.

On January 5, 1998, the CCT began Daily Bread (DB), home meal delivery. Most clients received the evening hot meal delivery, with some receiving an additional box lunch. Our goal is to provide good nutrition and increase or maintain a client’s health. November 2000, we opened a grocery center that has become our most popular service. Clients can come in weekly to obtain groceries. Upon arrival, they receive a list and are able to select food they want. In addition to dry and canned goods we offer milk as well as various frozen meats. All services are provided free of charge.

In February of 2003, PDI worked with the state of Kansas to pick up both prevention and case management services that ended when the previous contractor closed their doors. These additional contracts doubled our staff and budget and PDI has been able to make the transition smoothly without interruption of services. .

PDI had 4 housing opportunities available to clients. PDI provided assistance helping get clients into Section 8 housing, Shelter Plus Care, Kansas Care Through Housing (HOPWA) and KC Estates. Although required to provide client assistance and case management for all of these programs, PDI did not receive funding from any of them.

We provide education to various groups including congregations, substance abuse groups and prisons. We also provide condom distribution to 10 African American hair salons and 4 gay/lesbian clubs. HIV/AIDS classes are offered to anyone the Wichita Judicial system requires including women arrested for prostitution, men arrested for solicitation or arrested in the adult bookstores and public parks. Take It Home was our HIV/AIDS park outreach where individuals in the public parks that are known for MSM activity, are handed safer-sex kits and educational material. “Prior to release” class is for inmates provided in 7 state prisons. Upon release all inmates will receive a packet of HIV/AIDS information, condoms and lube. PDI ran the state HIV/AIDS Hotline.

Currently PDI provides prevention/education/Awareness services to the community at large. With collaboration throughout the lgbtq community we have continued to improve relationships within the health and social industries within Wichita and Sedgwick County.
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