What Do These Songs Have in Common?
Walk It Talk It, Walk This Way, Walk The Line, and Walk on the Wild Side? They're all songs that can be on your AIDS Walk Houston team playlist! Make every Wednesday until March 3rd, Walk Wednesday! Get your steps in and motivate your team to raise awareness and funds to get Houston to ZERO. Take the first step when you register for AIDS Walk Houston 2019! The second step? Start your own team or join AFH's team!
Round up your friends and family members to form a Community Team, or get your coworkers onboard to form a Corporate Team! If you work at a qualifying organization that provides HIV/AIDS-related services, you can even form a Benefiting Agency Team! (Download our Benefiting Agency Agreement to find out what's involved.) Teammates can inspire one another, brainstorm fundraising ideas, and make fundraising more fun!
Once you've registered, walk on over to the AIDS Walk Kick Off Party at El Tiempo, 322 Westheimer, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019!
AIDS Walk Kick-Off Party
Tuesday, January 15th
El Tiempo, 322 Westheimer
Cash bar. Light bites provided.
AIDS Walk Houston 2019
Sunday, March 3rd
Sam Houston Park (1000 Bagby St. in downtown Houston)
Registration starts at noon, the walk steps off at 1 p.m.
What Will It Take?
What will it take to reduce HIV transmission rates in Houston? It will take a commitment to address the barriers that have allowed this virus to continue to affect vulnerable populations.
These communities face stigma, lack economic and housing stability, and are disconnected from institutional health care. AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) continues to address these issues with the necessary commitment to get Houston to zero transmissions.
Mitigating these barriers enables persons living with HIV to enjoy better health and create lives that are productive and fulfilling. Health is improved and sustained through the Stone Soup food pantry, which provides food assistance for HIV-positive clients. AFH housing programs are designed not to warehouse indigent persons living with HIV, but to give them the tools and motivation they need to become responsible and independent. HIV-positive youth find a secure, non-judgemental environment at Camp Hope where they can have fun and develop life skills for living with the virus. Our Community Health Worker Program educates those living in areas with a high-incidence of HIV on the importance of knowing one's status, how to avoid the virus, and getting into care if necessary. The AFH PrEP Clinic helps those who are HIV-negative and at-risk acquire the one-pill-a-day regimen that prevents HIV transmission more than 90 percent of the time.
These are but a few of the ways that AFH serves the HIV/AIDS community while preventing HIV in our community. It is an enormous task, but this is what it will take to push past being ranked 11th in the nation for new transmissions to being the first major American city to achieve ZERO. None of it happens without your commitment too. Please give today to help AFH continue to deploy and operate innovative programs focused on getting Houston to zero.
You can donate easily via text message if you prefer. Just text AFH18 to 713-909-4129 and follow the prompts!
A Message from Our CEO
To all the people who I have worked with, had fun with, and served with to better address the issues affecting HIV/AIDS in the community, it is time for me to move on…
After much consideration, I am leaving the beloved CEO position at AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH)--a position I absolutely adore and have adored for almost seven years. I could not be prouder of the work that the AFH staff, leadership, and Board of Directors have done to benefit individuals living with HIV/AIDS and ending new transmissions. I appreciate all of the opportunities afforded to me as the leader and know that the organization is strong, flexible, and continues to be on the forefront of HIV/AIDS work.
I know this because the AFH board has appointed Nike Blue to act as the Interim CEO. With her education, experiences, and commitment she can step in and oversee the organization upon my leaving. Nike is nationally and locally well known for her work regarding HIV/AIDS and has acted as a member of the senior leadership for the organization for over ten years. She has been in her current position as the Chief Program Officer for the last five years. She is well respected by her peers, our partner organizations, and national AIDS organizations and is a strong organizational leader.
So where will I be going? I have accepted the CEO position for Career & Recovery Resources (CRR). The wonderful Dr. Swisher is retiring as the CEO after 23 years, and I am excited to lead an organization that's mission is aligned with my wide-ranging passion: to help people find their next best step to better their lives. I am very excited to lead this well-established and respected organization on its path forward. I look forward to working with its Board, staff, funders, and donors, but especially with the people it serves. All of us experience barriers in our lives, and if we can remove one or all of these for others, they have a chance to live the life they want and deserve.
I can only share my immense appreciation of all of you. The success of this organization and the happiness I have felt these past many years is only because I have worked with outstanding individuals, had wonderful community support, and had the support of an amazing board.
My last day at AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. will be Friday, January 18, 2019. I will start at CRR, February 1, 2019. I wish everyone the absolute best. For those of you have been with me on this journey, I know our paths will continue to cross, and I will always do my best to be of service to you! I am just a new email address away!
Please continue to support AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. in a manner that will help the organization meet its mission, but more importantly, its vision to have “A supportive community free of new HIV transmissions where individuals affected by HIV/AIDS lead healthy and productive lives without stigma and discrimination.
OUR MISSION AND GOALS
AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) leads the innovative efforts in the prevention of new HIV infections and empowers individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives.
AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. envisions a supportive community free of new HIV infections where individuals affected by HIV/AIDS lead healthy and productive lives without stigma and discrimination.