FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: 2019 February 25
CONTACT: Iris A. McKenney
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 315
Wilmington, DE 19801
302.652.6776, 221
imckenney@aidsdelaware.org

AIDS Delaware Receives Grants from Gilead Sciences and Philly AIDS Thrift

Grant Awards Support HIV-specific Mental Health Counseling and Food Pantry

Wilmington, DE – February 25, 2019 – AIDS Delaware is pleased to announce grant awards from Gilead Sciences and Philly AIDS Thrift in support of our HIV-specific mental health counseling program and food pantry.

Gilead’s award of $50,000 supports AIDS Delaware’s newest program, HIV-specific mental health counseling. Begun in 2018, this much-needed offering currently serves 50 Delawareans who are either HIV-positive or affected by HIV/AIDS. Our program is unique because it offers home visits to individuals unable to access therapy due to medical or mental health challenges. We believe ours is the only HIV-specific mental health practice that offers home visits. Our Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Elise Mora who is an HIV, gender/sexuality, and trauma expert, manages this program.

Philly AIDS Thrift, a great supporter of AIDS Delaware, donated $10,000 in support of the Jeffrey K. Sharp food pantry. Wanda Jenkins coordinates our statewide food pantry that distributes food and personal care items to Delawareans living with HIV/AIDS. The recipients represent a wide range of ages and ethnicities, and are male, female, and transgender. For people living with HIV/AIDS good nutrition is important for the absorption of medications, and helps maintain the immune system, a healthy weight, and overall good health. AIDS Delaware is extremely grateful for these awards. These funds allow us to be a Safe Space for Delawareans living with HIV/AIDS.

If you or someone you know is in need of HIV services, please contact AIDS Delaware at 302.652.6776 or visit our website, AIDSDelaware.org. #KnowYourStatusGetTested

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AIDS Delaware is the state’s oldest and largest AIDS Service Organization. Our mission is to support those living with HIV/AIDS in Delaware and to prevent the spread of HIV through comprehensive services, education, and advocacy. We offer free, confidential HIV testing. Visit aidsdelaware.org or call 302.652.6776 to make an appointment. Know your status. Get tested!


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