Several weeks ago, I received a telephone call. I was nearly asleep and the call was from an acquaintance, somebody I wouldn't ordinarily be expecting to call at all, let alone call so late on Sunday night. When I answered, he was frantic. His son and friends had happened across a man lying in the street, beaten unconscious. As the young boys lifted the man to take him for help, an observer warned them that the man had AIDS; that he was, in fact, beaten up for being an "AIDS-having mother-*@^!er." The father was now frantic that his son had exposed himself to HIV in an attempt to save a stranger. I answered his questions, offered my advice and gave the matter little thought thereafter.
A few days later, though, details began to emerge. The man, Reese, was indeed living with HIV/AIDS. He had been severely beaten by a few teenage boys, apparently with a tire iron. Apparently his HIV status was the motive in the assault. His injuries were severe; he required surgery to repair the structural damage in his face (multiple fractures and an eye that was partially out of it's socket). Unfortunately, as a result of the beating, Reese is suffering from "cognitive dysfunction;" he has virtually no memory and is unable to care for himself. Left on his own, he would be unable to cook or clean and would clearly be unable to manage his complicated medication regimen,
Fortunately, Reese found West House. Now surrounded by staff who truly care about him, all of Reese's daily needs are met: staff prepare his meals, administer his medication, coordinate his medical appointments and ensure that he has warm, safe place to live.
Unfortunately, as you can imagine, the cost of providing these services is substantial and is increasing by leaps and bounds. And that is why we’re turning to you for help: our heating bill is well over $10,000 a year but you can help for just a few pennies. $1.32 will provide an hour of heat, keeping our beloved residents warm and cozy in their new home. While $1.32 might not sound like much to you, it makes all the difference to those most in need, which is why we’ve started our Hour of Heat Fundraiser. You can give as much or as little as you want, as you see just pennies can make a huge difference.
Please consider participating in this important fundraiser and help us wrap our residents in warmth.
A donation of $1.32 provides one hour of heat.
A donation of $31.68 provides one day of heat.
A donation of $95.04 provides three days of heat.
A donation of $221.76 provides one whole week of heat.
FROM IGNORANCE, OPPORTUNITY:
THE HISTORY OF WEST HOUSE
Time and again, the staff of AIDS Resource were unable to place HIV/AIDS patients at assisted living facilities (also known as personal care homes). Owing to the ignorance and stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, personal care homes were unwilling to open their doors to those most in need. Years of discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients culminated in AIDS Resource filing a complaint with the PA Department of Public Welfare and the federal Office of Civil Rights and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
Determined to ensure that no HIV+ person will again face the life-threatening fear and discrimination that persists in some pockets of our community, AIDS Resource found an innovative solution.
WEST HOUSE is a non-profit, fully-licensed 18-bed personal care home with the mission of creating a homelike environment dedicated to enriching quality of life and upholding personal dignity by providing compassionate resident-centered care. West House is the perfect alternative to nursing home care for those individuals who are not completely independent but in need of some additional assistance
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!