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2015 is going to be a great year!

29 Dec

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AIDS Action & Awareness Day
Thursday, January 29, 2015
8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m. in Olympia 
Register TODAY!

 

AIDS Action & Awareness Day (A3 Day) brings together people living with HIV/AIDS as well as providers, advocates and allies from all across the state for a day of action at our State Capitol. Help put a face to the issues that most affect people living with HIV/AIDS in Washington State: with state funding for HIV treatment and prevention services on the line, it is critical that your legislators hear from YOU.

In the words of a 2014 A3 Day participant: “It didn’t take long for me to see how much power my presence and voice can carry!

We hope you will join us in Olympia to Advocate for all people living with HIV in our State. Registration link click here!

Questions? Contact advocacy@llaa.org or (206) 957-1750


MassageSave the date for our Annual One Day Retreat!
Saturday, February 28th
10-4pm
YWCA

 

Mark your calendars for our annual self-care retreat for HIV+ women. We will offer a light breakfast, lunch, giveaways, HIV education and self-care strategies! Please RSVP to 206-720-5566 or email the_staff@babesnetwork.org

 

25 years of BABES and we are still here!

4 Dec

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It was New Year’s Eve, 1991, when a doctor told me I had HIV. I went back to the shelter where I lived and while everyone around me celebrated, I cried myself to sleep. The women of BABES became my family. Through all the steps I’ve taken, they have been there for me. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them.

 -Tina

 

 

 

 

Dear Supporters,

Every day, your support of BABES Network—YWCA is changing lives like Tina’s.

Whether a woman is newly diagnosed and feels like she has nowhere to turn, or she’s been living with HIV for many years and can thrive with a strong network – you’ve been there by her side.

I asked Tina what your generosity means to her – and I want to share what she told me:

Your support means the world to people who live with this – you give us a place to go, a sisterhood. You help people realize that they can live a long time with this disease. We may not be in the news every day, but there are a lot of us. Don’t forget about us, we’re still here.

Thanks to you, for 25 years BABES has been giving women living with HIV a place to turn for support. This year, in honor of BABES’ 25th anniversary, will you make a gift of $25 or more?

 

Thank you for keeping BABES in your thoughts this holiday season.

Warmest wishes,

Nicole Price BABES Network—YWCA Program Manager

P.S. Your gift will make a real difference for a woman living with HIV/AIDS! $25 gives five HIV-positive women the chance to heal from domestic violence, drug addiction and mental illness through a peer-led support group.

To donate click here!

Harvest Dinner and BABES is Hiring!

31 Oct

November is a month for giving thanks and we would like to take this oppurtunity to give a shout out to two of our wonderful Peer Volunteers Pat Migliore and Kelly Bernard. They both are so dedicated to the BABES program – whether its facilitating support group, setting up for an event, tabling at a health fair or doing the dishes after group, they are always there for us and we appreciate you both very much. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!!!

-Nicole

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The BABES office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on November 27th and 28th. We hope that everyone has safe and enjoyable holiday. Click here to see the BABES calendar of events for the month of November!


BABES Annual Harvest Dinner

Friday, November 21, 2014

6-8pm

YWCA 5th and Seneca

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BABES members and up to 2 guests are invited to join us for our annual harvest dinner. We will have a full Thanksgiving-style meal and an educational presentation on

HIV and Aging with Dr. Peter Shalit

Please RSVP to 206-720-5566 or the_staff@babesnetwork.org


hiring

BABES Network-YWCA is hiring for a Lead Case Manager!!

The Lead Case Manager will provide non-medical case management services to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) by phone or in person. They will work closely with the Program Manager to coach peer staff to maintain effective program structures and systems related to Non-Medical Case Management activities and lead programmatic compliance activities.

Click here to read the full job posting and to apply!

$18.24-$21.89 per hour
30-35 hours a week, weekdays with limited weekend and evening work required

 

BABES Celebrates 25 Years!

1 Oct

The Fall 2014 BABES Talking Newsletter is stories from women about:

‘What 25 years of BABES means to them’! Read founding Executive Director Jesse Chipps’ story below:

It’s been 25 years since I accepted Kass Anderton’s invitation to come to her house for a bring-your-favorite-take-out pot luck.  That was the day I met the women who would become some of my closest friends and biggest source of support for dealing with HIV.  It’s funny how a few hours can change your life, but that evening changed mine.  I was in an unfamiliar neighborhood, with women I didn’t know at all, who were different from me in every way I can name…except one: we all had HIV.

I learned a lot of things that night.  I laugh, now, at the closed off person I was then, and how that night broke me wide open.  What did I learn?  I learned that heterosexual women are not just the people who were mean to me in high school.  I learned that people who are religious can also be incredibly kind and open.  I learned that people who were in the military don’t necessarily have values that are different than mine.  I learned that a person can be incredibly ill and incredibly strong at the same time.  Most important: I learned that I could walk into a room and have my first thought be, “Oh, no…these are sooooooo not my people,” but leave, many hours later, realizing that they soooooooooo WERE my people.

For the past 25 years I have had the honor to share a meal, talk, cry and, yes, sing karaoke with BABES.  We have supported each other through pneumocystis, sick kids, employment bias, mental illness, shingles, addiction, poverty, early and awful medications, lipodistrophy, domestic violence, and sometimes death.  We also shared spaghetti, watching some of those kids grow into adulthood, silly art projects, and M&Ms.  I know that I’m a better person for knowing the BABES, and I often question whether I would still be alive without their support.  That was true 25 years ago, and it’s true today.

Nicole, Brenda, Tranisha, Kelly, Pat, and every BABE:  Thanks for being there for me and for each other.

~Jesse Chipps

Click here to read the full newsletter!

 

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Stella Steps Out

Thanks to everyone for an exciting event and fundraiser! Together, we raised more than $49,000 to support women living with HIV and their families! See event photos on SmugMug.

This year was also the 25th anniversary of BABES. Watch this video to see what has changed for women with HIV since 1989.

Many thanks to all who made Stella a success!

25 Years of BABES from Shannon Gee/Geez Louise Media on Vimeo.

Save the date – Stella Steps Out!

2 Jul

You are invited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of BABES Network-YWCA at our annual benefit, Stella Steps Out!

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Stella Steps Out
Friday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Lake Union Cafe
3119 Eastlake Ave E | Seattle, WA 98102

2014 Honoree: Jesse Chipps
Co-founder and founding director of BABES Network

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Purchase tickets now for special early bird pricing, available through August 11!

This lively evening event, hosted by Sister Glo Euro’N Wei, will include a silent auction, dinner, wine and the always popular dessert dash.

Event proceeds will support BABES Network-YWCA, which ensures that women living with HIV and their families are empowered and connected to a supportive community.

For questions about this event, please contact Caroline Brown: 206.461.4481, cabrown@ywcaworks.org.

Thank you for your support!

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