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Reflecting Back and Looking Forward!

1 Feb

Two Choices: To Cope or Not to Cope

By Anonymous

It’s a new year and the world seems to have gone crazy. I fear for our country: for minorities, the LGBT community and the 99% who are all justifiably worried that our social fabric is unraveling.

In the midst of this, I still struggle with my diagnosis, though it’s been several months since I found out that I had HIV. It’s difficult not to go back in my mind to the shock, disbelief, anger and fear that I experienced when I first found out. How could my partner have done this to me? What did I do to deserve this? How am I going to deal with my reactions to these harsh drugs that make me so sick? How – how – am I going to cope?

A long time ago, when I was going through a crippling divorce, a very wise therapist told me, “You have two choices: to cope or not to cope.”

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I chose to cope back then, and I’m choosing to cope now. You see, I’ve been blessed. I found BABES. Even though I live pretty far from their meeting place, I attend meetings whenever I can. I listen to their incredible stories of how they’ve been living with HIV for 20, 25, 30 years or more. I feel their pain, and they feel mine.

When I’m unable to show up in person, these wonderful women reach out to me to check on me and ask how I’m doing. They seem to intuit when I reach a low point, and give generously of their time and caring.

Without them, I would have floundered completely. I have a long way to go; I’ve barely started my journey. But my hope is to find acceptance within myself and move on, to focus on my healing, my supportive family, and my own creativity. With the encouragement of my group, I feel hopeful that I can keep going.

 

Thank you, BABES.

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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.

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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.

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Welcome Julia and Annual Retreat!

6 Apr

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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 julia@babesnetwork.org

 

 

 

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.

Fall newsletter!

31 Aug

Retreat Reflections in our Fall newsletter!

We had a blast at this years Annual BABES Retreat! Our Fall newsletter shares some of the quotes from women who attended the retreat and pictures.

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Click here to read the full newsletter and view our mon on calendar!


Andrea

We are pleased to announce our new Lead Case Manager, Andrea Yoshida!

We are really excited to have Andrea join the BABES team! Andrea is available to provide cases management services to the BABES members, give her a call, 206-720-5566 or stop by to meet her. Click here to read her bio!


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We are hiring AND Retreat’s coming!

30 Apr

BABES Annual Leadership Retreat 2015
July 10-12th at Camp Burton – Vashon Island

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

Applications Mailed Out – May 15th
Applications Due – June 19th
Retreat Notifications – June 26th
Payments/Scholarships Due – July 3rd

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.


friendshipEverett Support Group is Back!! We have re-started the Everett Support Group for HIV+ women.

When: Last Wednesday of every month from 2pm – 3:30pm

Where: YWCA building – 3301 Broadway, Everett. The door to our meeting room is on the back of the building.

We will take the time to support each other, and enjoy a yummy snack too.

Please call to RSVP at 206-720-5566.


 

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BABES Lead Case Manager #15-0417

LOCATION: Seneca – 1118 5th Ave. Seattle, WA 98101

REPORTS TO: BABES Program Manager

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.

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.

To read the full job description click here!