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Stella Steps Out!!

1 Sep


Break out your flashiest outfit and join us at Stella Steps Out 2016, an annual fundraiser for BABES Network-YWCA!

Enjoy a lively evening of dancing, food & drinks, remembrance, and celebration. Show off your competitive side in our silent auction or race in the dessert dash. And most importantly, fund the work of BABES, a unique program that provides critical peer support to women facing HIV and their families.

The 2016 Stella Steps Out honoree is Jodie Howerton, founder of Redefine Positive – an organization dedicated to updating medically inaccurate and socially stigmatizing HIV/AIDS curriculum. Redefine Positive is grassroots, community-funded, and founded to develop free educational videos that support health curriculum for students in elementary, middle, and high school.

The early bird ticket price of $125 is available through September 9. Ticket prices increase to $150 starting September 10.

If you have any questions about Stella Steps Out, please  email and to register click here!




BABES Talking Fall Newsletter!

The Fall BABES Talking Newsletter! BABES shared their expereinces from our Annual Retreat this past July! We had the largest retreat to date with 48 BABES, volunteers and staff in attendance, we had different educational topics such as Women and HIV, Co-dependency workshop, support groups, spirit with the sand dollar crafts, 80’s themed karoke party and much more. We are already looking forward to next years Annual BABES Retreat! Click here to read the full newsletter!


What Brings You Joy?

2 Jun

The Summer BABES Talking Newsletter Topic is What Brings You Joy?

We asked the BABES members to share what brings them joy, thank you to the BABES that shared with us.








Here is what brings joy to Dorothy
Joy to me means being Hepatitis C free.
Joy means waking up in the morning in my right mind.
Joy means being clean and sober.
Joy means my cat.
Joy means me being happy.
Joy means having a true friend.
Joy means my grandson who keeps me laughing.
Joy is my 2 daughters.
Joy means having my own apartment and paying rent.
Joy to me is having a selection of clothes and shoes to choose from.
Joy to me is my freedom.
It is joy for me to have enough of whatever it is I want or need.
Joy to me is being me – a totally different person.

Click here to read the full newsletter!

Welcome Julia and Annual Retreat!

6 Apr

Julia 3.7.16 website

BABES is excited to welcome our new Lead Case Manager Julia Rosenfeld to the BABES team!

Julia has spent the last four years in South Africa working with women and teens affected by HIV. She is originally from Pittsburgh and is brand new to the Seattle area.

Words from Julia:
“Please feel free to get in touch with me any time, whether you currently need support or not! I can help you find resources about housing, employment, health and mental health, and  legal or social supports you might need. I am also here to accompany you to appointments if you’d like company, to help update your resume or job search, or just to talk. And if there is something you’d like help with that isn’t on this list, please ask me about it anyway!

I love singing and dancing of all kinds – especially sea songs  and rowdy pub songs. I am a folk, blues, and swing dancer. I love listening to stories and children’s books! My favorite is Many Moons, by James Thurber.  My other favorite is Frog and Toad.”

We are thrilled to have Julia on the BABES team. Stop by and say hello to her or give her a call at 206-720-5566 x2 or email her at




Group photoBABES Annual Leadership Retreat 2015
For HIV+ women
July 8-10th

Camp Burton – Vashon Island

It’s that time of year again!! Come take a break from the stresses of daily life with us!

Applications mailed out – May 13th
Applications Due – June 17th
Retreat Notifications – June 24th
Payments/Scholarships Due – July 1st

Spaces for retreat are on a first-come first-served basis, so please don’t wait to turn in your application.

To request an application, please call the BABES office at 206-720-5566.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

1 Mar

2016 NWGHAAD Flyer - size

Over coming Challenges in 2015!

1 Feb

The BABES Talking Winter Newsletter topic is Overcoming Challenges in 2015. We asked BABES members to share with us how they dealt with adversity in their life in 2015 and what they did to overcome those challenges.


Wake up Call!

There were many adversities this past 2015 year; both internal and external. As we are all aware; having a chronic condition comes with its challenges and adversity. I am not immune to this.

The two challenges that affect me the most are: chronic acute pain and depression. When you think of it; they mirror each other. One does not experience the pain without looking at the depression. The hopelessness and despair of managing it daily becomes a balancing act. Holding down full time employment, being a mother, grandmother, sibling, daughter, and friend, and having a social life can be most exhausting. Also, being the go-to person in most of my relationships has its rewards as well as its adversities. This equals total melt down.

Early November, I hit a wall. I had headaches for four days, insomnia, and severe back pain. It was as if everyone and everything was coming at me requesting a favor, a task, a deadline, and it all had to be accomplished NOW. Oh My Gosh! I just couldn’t say NO! No one else can get it done, no one knows how to do it like me! So I thought…..NOT! My body decided to do an intervention. It decided, “Okay, if you don’t take care of yourself, I will do it for you.” After suffering for three days, on the fourth day, my blood pressure was 220/190. Long story short, I ended up in the ER. Diagnosis – Severe Hypertension.

Wake up call.

Needless to say I was exhausted, depressed, and felt like I had let everyone down, as well as myself. I decided with my doctor’s advice to take some much-needed time off from work and to continue counseling. Most of all, and extremely necessary, I made a conscious choice to Take Care of ME!

Peace and Love,

Pat B.


To view the full newsletter and events for the February click here!