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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Pride on the Mountain

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Rain was steady, but that didn’t stop attendees from showing up and jumping in at Pride on the Mountain on September 8, 2018. This year’s Pride, organized by the NEPA Rainbow Alliance, had a wonderful turnout despite less-then-ideal weather. The family-friendly event was set at Mountain Mountain’s water park with music provided by M80, a local cover band. While many Pride-goers tended to stick to tents and under awnings, some still donned their bathing suits and jumped in the lazy river, full of Rainbow Alliance beach balls, enjoying a relaxing day on the mountain. Mid-afternoon was set aside for a drag show. Queens and Kings huddled just off stage, excited to share their performances with the eager crowd. First up was Buster Highman, who also had the honor of passing…
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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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October 23rd was the National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women with HIV!

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Please click the post link to see image and full post! Monday October 23rd was the National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women with HIV, but our actions don't have to be limited to one day alone. Check out this website for the holiday for more information! From the Positive Women's Network: "Why is there a National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV? Women living with HIV are twice as likely to experience intimate partner violence (IPV) and five times as likely to experience lifetime sexual assault as the general population of women. Data also shows that women of trans experience, who are the population most affected by HIV in the U.S., are at elevated risk for violent hate crimes, which all too…
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Today is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day!

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Please click the post link to view images! We celebrate and support our Long-Term HIV Surviving clients and welcome any other Long-Term HIV Survivors who needs our services for any reason.   From the website for the holiday: "We celebrate those who have defied the odds by living with HIV for decades. June 5 is about coming together and realizing that we are not alone. It is a national day of storytelling. We want to collect the stories of our lives, resilience, and our survival. We want to change the narrative from surviving to thriving and Healthy Aging with HIV. Long-term survival, once an almost unimaginable concept is now the norm—something that was unimaginable before 1996.  Today 59% of all people living with HIV in the US are over 50. By…
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