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Patricia Reynolds-Meade's Fundraiser:

Challenge to End Homelessness

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Patricia Reynolds-Meade

THE STORY:

I am passionate about the HIV homeless population because without housing they get sicker. FYI: Chronic illness and/or disabling conditions, including HIV/AIDS, are also more prevalent in the homeless population. In general people living with HIV/AIDS are at a higher risk of homelessness than the general population. The impact of HIV/AIDS on a person’s immune system makes homelessness a serious health risk. For homeless people, housing is healthcare! It's frustrating that there are people who still don't think housing is a healing tool.

I envision providing residents with a true continuum of care: mental health counseling, public benefit assistance, access to housing of all types including permanent, permanent supportive, intensive case management, spiritual support and other life skills training as needed. As a counselor I know that one of the biggest obstacles for people living with HIV/AIDS to overcome is the shame they carry inside. This shame is compounded by societal silence which is interpreted as judgment against them. People need to feel empowered and to have a chance to thrive! Help me...

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