Scranton’s Latin Festival

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This past weekend, September 29-30, the Lackawanna County Courthouse square was home to the annual Scranton Latin Festival. Blanca Fernandez organized the event that gathered multiple local performers, musicians, and vendors to come together and celebrate their Hispanic heritage. Fernandez says she wanted the festival to be multicultural and diverse “to promote harmony, love, tolerance, acceptance. Everything that’s needed nowadays.” On Saturday, attendees could watch performances from Noelia Otayza and Ludy Rosales, Champions of Marinera Norteña Peru, a Peruvian coastal dance. Also showcasing their heritage was Frank LittleBear and his family. LittleBear is from the Cree Nation and the founder of Red Visions Dance Troupe, a group dedicated to outreach, understanding, and education of Native American culture through performing arts. Sunday had a different lineup with several DJs playing Spanish…
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Employee of the Month, August 2018: Sharon Whitebread

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        Our Employee of the Month for August 2018 is Sharon Whitebread! Sharon is our Linkage, Outreach, and Community Education Manager. She has been working hard for Caring Communities since 2010, originally starting as a volunteer and working her way to part-time employee in 2013, and finally full-time in 2013. The Caring Communities staff raves about her helpfulness, positive attitude, and extensive knowledge of all things Caring Communities. One coworker noted, “she has taken her experience and used it to better the work of others on multiple occasions” Another mentioned that, “Sharon is always kind to her clients, staff, and members of the community.” She is truly a team player and Caring Communities is only stronger with her on our side! Sharon began her impressive community involvement…
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End of Summer Picnic at Ricketts Glen

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As summer starts to wind down, Caring Communities organized a picnic for clients as a way to slow down, relax, and take in the natural beauty of Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton, PA. Though, with a bright, sunny day, a lake full of enthusiastic swimmers, and temperatures pushing 90 degrees, the only indicator of the incoming autumn was the sparse layer of fallen leaves. Caring Communities commandeered a pavilion overlooking Lake Jean and its mini beach. As clients trickled in, it was easy to see the worry of everyday life shed and the relaxation settle in. Guests were welcomed with hot-off-the-grill hamburgers, cook out staples like macaroni salad, and homemade cookies for dessert. Participants were free to explore the park, including trails rife with waterfalls, a walk along the…
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Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day!

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From AIDSInfo: "Thanks to treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART), people with HIV are living longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014, an estimated 45% of Americans living with diagnosed HIV were aged 50 and older. September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day—a day to call attention to challenges of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care that older Americans face. For example, although HIV risk factors are similar for all adults, older adults may be less aware of these factors and the importance of testing to detect HIV in its earliest stages. CDC reports that in 2014, 40% of people aged 55 and older were diagnosed with AIDS at the time of HIV diagnosis." There are many misconceptions about who is most affected…
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Today is HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day!

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Please click the post link to see the video and full post! Let's Kick ASS—AIDS Survivor Syndrome - PSA from Let's Kick ASS on Vimeo. From POZ Magazine: "HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day is held annually on June 5th on the anniversary of the first published report of what came to be known as AIDS. On June 5, 1981 the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a brief account of five young gay men that had been diagnosed with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), indicating signs of severely compromised immune systems. The account sent huge shockwaves throughout the LGBT community and eventually, around the world. 2018 is a big year in the lives of survivors. It has been 37 years since the announcement HIV. It is also the 20th…
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