Much recent discussion in the media has suggested that this may be the beginning of the end of the AIDS pandemic, but for the individuals living with the disease, many challenges still remain. The five agencies working together to bring Seattle’s annual World AIDS Day Breakfast to you share a common commitment to serving the people whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
Each agency brings its own strengths and expertise. Rosehedge/Multifaith Works offers housing, care, and emotional and practical support; Seattle Counseling Service provides comprehensive mental health and addiction services to the LGBT community; Gay City Health Project offers free HIV testing and counseling; SASG engages individuals in peer-to-peer recovery support groups; and Lifelong AIDS Alliance provides case management, housing, insurance continuation services, and nutrition services. Together, these five organizations strive to meet all of the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in our community.
At the World AIDS Day Breakfast, we celebrate how far we have come in battling the disease and acknowledge how much work still needs to be done. We hope to eventually see the “AIDS-free generation” that was widely discussed at this year’s International AIDS Conference, but we are absolutely committed to continuing to care for those who have already been infected and struggle every day to better their lives. Our five organizations stand shoulder-to-shoulder in this battle. We are stronger together, and we will leave no one behind.