Lisa thought she met the love of her life – that special someone to settle down and raise a family with. Sadly, the man she thought was the answer to her prayers turned out to be her worst nightmare. He was cheating on Lisa and became infected with HIV. Never knowing she was at risk, Lisa became HIV positive as well. Soon after he left her – alone and with a young daughter. Lisa turned to drugs and alcohol to ease the pain. Eventually her daughter went to live with relatives and Lisa found herself wondering if this was the end for her.
When Lisa showed up at our door, she was sick. She had recently been diagnosed with full-blown AIDS. She was struggling with alcohol and drugs. She was homeless and had to send her daughter away. Lisa had nowhere to turn. Fortunately, her one trusted friend helped guide her to the AIDS Taskforce. It was here that Lisa met her case manager who assisted her with access to critical medical and social services. We helped Lisa find a clean, safe place to live and helped her deal with her addictions. Most importantly, Lisa’s case manager was a compassionate, comforting presence during such a trying time. It wasn’t long before Lisa got her life back on track and her daughter came home – thanks to you.
Lisa, whose name I’ve changed to protect her privacy, wakes up each day feeling good about her life. She is able to focus on what is important – being a good parent, taking her medication, volunteering in her community – because she is not distracted by addiction, poor health and finding a safe home.
Fortunately, Lisa found her way to the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland – and we were there for her. She found support, friendship and most importantly, the vital services she needed to improve her health and her life. The difference for Lisa was the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.
The difference for the AIDS Taskforce is you.
I can’t imagine a world where the Taskforce isn’t there. For many people, we are the only place to turn. The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland is able to provide so much – your generosity makes it easier for us to do so.
This is why I am writing to you, to ask that you renew – or begin – your annual commitment to the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. Your donation helps us serve individuals in our community who need housing, food, supportive services, medical attention and so much more. For nearly 30 years we have been the leader in prevention, education, services, public policy, advocacy and research. It is a big responsibility, but it is one we carry out every day without fail – and we need you to help us continue this vital work. I encourage you to give as generously as you can.
Please take a moment, right now, to help us reach our goal. It is easy and secure, just click right here. You can also call us at 216-621-0766 to make your contribution or get further information.
Thank you, on behalf of everyone here at the AIDS Taskforce.
Chief Executive Officer