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Retreat Reflections and More

31 Aug

Retreat Group PhotoBABES Talking Fall Newsletter

The BABES Talking Fall Newsletter 2017 topic is Retreat Reflections. We asked BABES members to share what they took away from retreat this year. Thank you to those that shared with us.

Click here to read the full newsletter!

Reflections from a First Timer
“I was new to Washington state last year. It was also the first time I ever heard about BABES. By the time I settled in with my new apartment, doctors, and town, I missed the BABES retreat in 2016. Feeling like I may not have the energy to participate much, I hesitated to sign up for the retreat this year.

As much as my fatigue is a constant battle, I didn’t surrender this time. I am so glad I didn’t.”

To read the rest of this article click here!


End AIDS Walk Seattle

Join the Howlin’ BABES team in this years End AIDS Walk!

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9am
Volunteer Park Seattle, WA

To join the team go to and search for our Howlin’ BABES!

To see September’s calendar click here.


Stella Steps Out 2017

Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m.
Georgetown Ballroom

*Save $25 if you purchase your
tickets before September 8th!

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

2017 Stella Honoree: Julie Lewis

Julie is a 33-year HIV survivor and founder of the 30/30 Project, an organization dedicated to improving access to comprehensive healthcare in communities impacted with HIV/AIDS by building 30 medical facilities worldwide.
Enjoy a lively evening of dancing, food & drinks, remembrance, and celebration. And most importantly, uplift the work of BABES Network-YWCA, a unique program that provides critical peer support to women facing HIV and their families.


Stella Steps Out!

9 Aug


Ready for a night of dinner, drinks, dancing, and a LIVE auction to support BABES Network-YWCA? Join us for Stella Steps Out 2017!


Purchase early bird tickets before September 8 and save $25.

Stella Steps Out 2017

Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m. Georgetown Ballroom Seattle


Julie Lewis
2017 Stella Steps Out Honoree

Julie is a 33-year HIV survivor and founder of the 30/30 Project, an organization dedicated to improving access to comprehensive healthcare in communities impacted with HIV/AIDS by building 30 medical facilities worldwide.


All proceeds from Stella Steps Out will go directly to support BABES Network-YWCA and fund services that empower more than 200 women living with HIV each year.


Click here to purchase early bird tickets—available only for a limited time.


Can’t make it to the event? You can still support BABES with a tax-deductible gift here. Please designate your gift to BABES in the notes section of the donation form.


Thanks for your support, and don’t hesitate to send any question to our event coordinator, Jess Green:

Welcome Alora Gale-Schreck!

30 Jun

Alora Gale-Schreck Picture 6.16.17

Hi! My name is Alora and I am so grateful to be joining the BABES team as a Peer Advocate. Though I am new to BABES, I know life with HIV well. My brother and I both contracted HIV from our mother around birth. My mother has since passed away but my brother and I are both going strong. I am deeply honored to be the mama to two sweet and wild little boys, Oliver and Everitt. My husband, kids, dogs and I moved to Seattle three years ago from Boulder, Colorado for my husband to pursue an Art degree from UW. We are thoroughly enjoying all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. After taking a few years off from working in the HIV field, I am thrilled and energized to continue working for our sisterhood of positive women. In my spare time between work and chasing my little dudes, I am often found drinking too much coffee, reading or checking out our local art scene. I am so happy to be here and can’t wait to get to know you all!

Spring Newsletter: Bodily Autonomy

4 May


The Importance of Bodily Autonomy
As a woman living with HIV, I have the right to control what happens to my body, to live with dignity and respect despite where I come from. I desire to live free from stigma and discrimination due to my HIV status, race or gender. Globally, Women living with HIV have to contend with intimate partner violence, institutionalized violence and other forms of violence. There is a link between violence against women and reduced access to treatment, care and support. I have been treated for Posttraumatic Stress disorder and I was coercively sterilized due to my status- these affected my desired health outcome.

To read the full article click here.


BABES Movie Matinee

BABES is hosting a movie matinee for BABES members and their families at the BABES office on May 27 from 3-5pm. Come join us for a fun afternoon complete with refreshments!

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2017 Annual Leadership Retreat

It’s that time of year again! BABES is preparing for it’s annual retreat, July 28-30. We will be mailing out the applications on May 23. If would like an application please call us at 206-720-5566 or email to let us know. Space is limited and is first come, first serve! Applications are due by June 23 and we will notify you by July 7.





BABES is hiring!

28 Mar

BABES is hiring an HIV-positive Peer Advocate!

REPORTS TO: BABES Program Manager Nicole Price

DESCRIPTION: BABES Network-YWCA is a peer leadership program for women and families affected by HIV, a sisterhood of women facing HIV together. BABES promotes self-empowerment, reduces isolation, enhances quality of life and serves the needs of women living with HIV and their families through peer support, advocacy, education and outreach.

Operating on the concept that HIV positive women are uniquely qualified to understand and support one another, BABES Network’s HIV positive Peer Advocates support our mission by helping other HIV positive women move into positions of leadership.  They provide peer mentorship and education to other HIV positive women, and recruit women for events and retreats.  Peer Advocates may also perform community outreach and prevention education at schools, treatment centers, shelters, prisons, churches, businesses and other groups.


  • Engage HIV+ members in conversations about treatment adherence, medical care, support
  • Support healthy behaviors and attitudes among BABES’ multi-cultural membership with active listening, strength-based counsel, education and modeling
  • Respond to provider referrals and self-referred women to provide welcoming service entry point for newly diagnosed or those re-entering the care system
  • Facilitate support groups, events and retreats.
  • Visit members in the hospital or at home as prearranged with supervisor.
  • Work with co-workers to develop an effective team to fulfill BABES Network mission.
  • Provide resources and referrals to women living with HIV/AIDS including food, housing and transportation assistance, medical care and case management
  • Stay up-to-date on medical developments related to HIV and changes to AIDS services

To view the full job description click here!