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Empowering Women

1 Apr

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Presents

Positively Beautiful

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A Story about Five Strangers from South Africa who became activists despite stigma, fear and shame. Their story is one of a quiet victory over adversity and struggle. Positively Beautiful is a story about life, love, and friendship in the age of HIV.

When: April 14th 2015 – 5pm start
Where: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave S. Seattle WA 98144

Free tickets available through www.brownpapertickets.com Use code HVTU


2015 Stand Against Racism: Race & Health

When:   Friday, April 24
Where:  Town Hall Seattle 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Join the YWCA’s 5th annual Stand Against Racism community discussion, presented by the People of Color Executive Council.

This live program begins at noon with featured speaker Dr. Ivor Horn, followed by a panel discussion. Health information and resources will be available; light snacks will be served.

Stand Against Racism keynote speaker

Stand Against Racism is an annual campaign from YWCA USA to build community for those working toward racial justice, and to raise awareness about the negative impacts of racism. Visit www.StandAgainstRacism.org

To register, please email sar@ywcaworks.org.


Orca logoORCA LIFT GETS YOU WHERE YOU NEED TO GO. FOR LESS.

Now there’s a more affordable way to get to work, school, shopping, day care or basically anywhere else you need to go. ORCA LIFT is a new reduced transit fare program that helps you get more out of your transit system, while saving up to 50% or more.

Eligibility is based on household income and income verification is required.

Call BABES for more details, 206-720-5566, we can help you get your reduced fare ORCA Card.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

4 Mar

 

 

NWGHAAD 2015

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Time: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Where: Weintraub Building, Pelton Auditorium

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance to help raise awareness of the continuing need to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and shed light on the impact that HIV/AIDS has on women and girls. The event will feature a panel discussion with local women who have made a significant difference in the field of HIV. Representing the areas of policy, medicine, research, social services, and faith communities, panelists include:

  • The Reverend Mary Diggs-Hobson from AARTH
  • Dr. Lara Strick from the University of Washington and the Washington Department of Corrections
  • Dr. Connie Celum from the University of Washington
  • Dr. Kathy Brown from Group Health Cooperative
  • Nicole Price from BABES Network-YWCA

We hope to see you there!

Self-Care 2015

4 Feb

How are you managing stress?

For our Winter 2015 BABES Talking Newsletter, we interviewed BABES members to find out ways that they manage their stress.

We asked these questions:

1. What are some effective ways you have come up with to help you better manage stress in your life?

2. What are some fun and creative ways you care for yourself (dance, sing, play, paint, etc.)?

3. How easy is it for you to say no to requests from others?  When we are overwhelmed, learning to say “no” can help give you some needed time for yourself.  If saying “no” is hard for you, what barriers get in your way?  How can you overcome some of those barriers?

4. Do you have a spiritual practice?  If so, how does this help in managing your stress?

 


Here’s how Shelly manages her stress:

1. I often better manage my stress with meditation & yoga. I am also blessed to have a great support system.

2. I find most often that I find comfort in fresh brewed long cut teas…. I also find great comfort in star gazing. I also color…draw… sew, crochet & bake {not all at the same time}.

3. I am very  capable of saying “no”… I often find myself putting me last. I’ve learned to be aware when I over- extend myself to stand up and say so. It is a lot easier to say “no” than cancel or do less than I would be able to if I am not over-extended.

4. I am a Spiritual Person. I avoid secular Religions.  I have found that I do not fit in to conformity and set practices of one traditional faith. I have a mix of several things I do. My Higher Power has given the ability to see into myself.  To grow and reflect. To be open-minded to explore the unknown and to accept not knowing is sometimes the answer. For me, being Spiritual is being at peace inside with who I am; today I can say….. I am at peace. My life is richly blessed.

To read the full Winter 2015 newsletter, click here!


Picture1 Join us for our Annual One Day Self-Care Retreat!

(For HIV positive women only)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

10-4pm

YWCA

We will have some fun self-care activities, HIV education and more. Light breakfast will be served and a homemade catered lunch!

Please RSVP to reserve you spot 206-720-5566

25 years of BABES and we are still here!

4 Dec

tina

 

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

kelly and pat 10.30.14

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

thanksgiving

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