End of Summer Picnic at Ricketts Glen

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 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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Individual Responsibility in Ending HIV Stigma

The excerpt below is from this article from The Root by Jesse Milan Jr., president and CEO of AIDS United. His words highlight the importance of intentional language and actions in ending the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. We must all consciously work to battle stigma in our own minds, lives, and communities. "Today...be aware of what you have not said. Be aware of what you have not done. The burden of disclosing our status is heavy. Each time someone hears that we have HIV, the response is never the same. But it is so much easier to try if we know and believe that you are safe for us. Be a safe place to hear about our journey and its costs. Be a safe space to encourage us to get tested, to stay…
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