Earlier this week, 100 riders (with the support of 40 crew members) biked from Boston to New York City on The Center’s annual Cycle for the Cause HIV/AIDS ride. The physical accomplishment alone is daunting, and the end result is even more incredible - $606,091 raised to bring much-needed HIV/AIDS programs and services to our community members who need them.
Thank you all for your financial and emotional support. Your encouragement pushed us to cross that finish line at The Center’s doorstep, and I want to share what else Cycle for the Cause makes possible for Center clients and visitors.
From Ryan, Center Recovery counselor:
“My client, Andre, came to Center Recovery after going through many failed substance abuse treatments programs. One day, Andre came to his individual session with news from his physician: he had tested positive for HIV. We began to help him process this news, and with time, Andre became comfortable attending the Positive in Recovery group to discuss the specific issues he was experiencing.”
“Since he began treatment, Andre has remained sober and connected to Center Recovery. He later stated that he ‘couldn’t have imagined getting through this experience without the support of The Center.’”
From Manuela, Gender Identity Project participant:
“I have been living with HIV since 1997. Over the years I struggled to find the support that would help me through my difficult times. Connecting to The Center was the right choice for me. Over the past three months I’ve connected to short-term counseling at the Gender Identity Project and I see a big difference. I feel very lucky to be able to connect with other trans people who share similar interests. Being transgender in NYC can be very hard, but I am lucky to be connected to a place that understands me.”
From Rosa, Center Recovery counselor:
“Manny came to the U.S. seeking a safe place to live as a gay man, fleeing the violence, persecution and homophobia he experienced in his country of origin. Manny was diagnosed HIV positive in 2008. He engaged in counseling services at Center Wellness, learned more about his diagnosis and got connected with services and resources. He also became a leader in the community while participating in The Center’s immigration support groups. Manny is helping others to learn about their risk for HIV and how to avoid infection or re-infection.”
Thank you all for saying it better than I ever could.
Yours in service,
Monday, September 30
Join The Center for a special screening of the film "Concussion" followed by a discussion with the cast and crew.
Written by Stacie Passon and directed by Rose Troche, "Concussion" is a poignant sexual examination of a married, wealthy 40-something lesbian housewife who finds herself re-examining every corner of her suburban life in an effort to confront a mounting desire for something more.
Tuesday, October 1
Thinking about becoming a parent? This group is for members of the LGBTQ community who are beginning to think about parenthood, to gather with others considering parenthood, and to share information.
Tuesday, October 8
The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is thrilled to kick-off the 2013-2014 season with Ayana Mathis, the author of the phenomenal best seller "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie." Ms. Mathis is a queer author who has included an unforgettable gay character in her debut novel.
Check out these pictures from Cycle for The Cause 2013.
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