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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.

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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.”

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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 llaa.org and search for our Howlin’ BABES!

To see September’s calendar click here.

Stella

Stella Steps Out 2017

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

*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

Stella

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: jegreen@ywcaworks.org

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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!

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Moving Forward in 2017!

10 Mar

National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day Event Flyer

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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