It’s the beginning of the year and while many people are struggling to keep new resolutions, many local non-profits serving the HIV/AIDS community still feel gratitude.
Eleven local organizations received a “Holiday Hug” grant from The Campbell Foundation.
Grant recipients include:
- A.H. of Monroe County
- Broward House
- Care Resource
- Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center
- Comprehensive Care Clinic/Broward Health
- Latinos Salud
- Legal Aid of Broward County
- McGregor Clinic
- Poverello Center
They split $25,000—some of which will be matched through funds obtained during the Florida AIDS Walk. The grant is a non-restricted donation, which means the money can be used in any way the recipient sees fit.
Latinos Salud has locations in Miami, Miami Beach and Wilton Manors. Its mission is to provide client-centered, culturally competent health education and integrated preventive, screening, and linkage services throughout South Florida. The grant from The Campbell Foundation helps.
“The HIV crisis here in South Florida is unparalleled,” Stephen Fallon, Executive Director said. “Together, Miami-Dade and Broward counties rank first in the nation for new HIV cases, and 2nd for new AIDS cases. So, in every year of our existence, we’ve added new programs and services to meet clients’ needs. Our clients come to us because they know they will meet someone who shares more than just their language; our staff relate to clients, create a safe space for them, through shared cultural norms. With The Campbell Foundation’s support, we can spend that extra bit of time, take the outreach van that much further, staff a special event that much later—and so help more community members to stay safe from, or live healthier with HIV.”
Although funding cure research is The Campbell Foundation’s primary mission, it also recognizes how important it is to assist those who are living with the disease.
“As we know, cure research is ongoing and often we don’t hear about results for months and sometimes years. Giving out our ‘Holiday Hugs’ each year lets us see the tangible difference that can be made in a short period of time,” The Campbell Foundation’s Executive Director Ken Rapkin said in a press release.