You can honor a BABE this World AIDS Day!

1 Dec


Will you join BABES Network—YWCA and support women like Nee Nee this World AIDS Day?

When Nee Nee was diagnosed with HIV and also AIDS in 1998, she didn’t know where to go for help.  She moved from the hospital, to a nursing home, to her mother’s home – all while trying to maintain a complicated health regimen.

Then in 2003, she found BABES Network.  BABES helped Nee Nee gain control of her disease—she learned the importance of taking her medication every day, making regular doctor appointments and taking care of her mental and physical needs.

Since joining BABES, Nee Nee is often the first one to arrive for weekly support-group and she hasn’t missed a single BABES retreat.  Nee Nee reminds me why BABES exists – so that women living with HIV/AIDS can confide in each other and share their daily struggles and triumphs.

If you already made a gift to support BABES over the holiday – thank you!  If you haven’t, today, in honor of World AIDS Day and women living with HIV/AIDS everywhere, will you make a gift to support BABES Network—YWCA? Make sure and designate BABES Network in the comments box!

Your gift can go even further today, because an anonymous supporter is MATCHING every gift of $100 or more!

Read more stories of bravery, strength and spirit by clicking here!

Thank you for keeping BABES in your thoughts this World AIDS Day and holiday season!

With deepest gratitude,

Nicole Price
Program Manager for BABES

P.S.  Please go to the donate tab to make your gift to BABES and women living with HIV/AIDS today!

Annual Harvest Dinner!!

1 Nov

Join us for our Annual Harvest Dinner!

Thursday, November 21st from 6:30-8pm


YWCA @ 5th and Seneca in the MultiPurpose Room

Shauna Applin, ARNP, will be presenting about HIV education and we will have a full Thanksgiving style meal!

You and a guest are invited. Childcare is available. Please RSVP to 206-720-5566.


To find out more about what’s going on in November, click here!


YWCA Adopt a Family!

cgift7The holidays are approaching quickly! We are taking suggestions for holiday gifts for our HIV+ members’ children who live in your home and are under 18. The YWCA’s Adopt-A-Family Program has volunteers throughout the community that go out and purchase gifts for our YWCA clients with low incomes – including BABES members. Priority enrollment ends November 19th.

Please be aware that you need to pick up the gifts at our office with in one week of us receiving them in the office.

Call Camilla or Tranisha to get signed up! 206-720-5566

Fall is Here!

1 Oct

Halloween Party/Women’s Support Group

Thursday, October 31st from 12-2pm.

Even grown-ups should have fun on Halloween! Wear a Halloween costume and win a prize for the most creative costume!

We will play some games and eat a yummy lunch. Please RSVP so that we know how many ladies to expect: 206-720-5566.



 Find out what’s going on this month in the October Calendar!



Brenda Higgins promoted to Lead Peer Advocate!

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Brenda has been with BABES Network-YWCA for three years and we are happy to share that she was promoted to Lead Peer Advocate on September 10th! Brenda has worked very hard; this is a well-deserved promotion for her.

Brenda will be taking on more responsibilities in this new role. Mostly, this will include her taking on a greater leadership position here at BABES! Thank you Brenda for sharing your story at Stella Steps Out! Your journey and where you are today is remarkable.

We are so lucky to have you on the BABES team! Keep Rockin’ Brenda!

Retreat Reflections 2013

30 Aug

The Fall newsletter is stories from women that attended the Annual BABES Retreat in July. Thank you to the ladies for sharing your stories with us. 34 HIV positive women and 10 staff and volunteers had a great weekend out on Vashon Island. We enjoyed the beautiful weather, some HIV education and self care workshops, karaoke, arts and crafts as well as canoeing! We can’t wait for next year!!

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Here’s a sneak peek at one of the articles from the newsletter:

Going on the BABES Leadership Retreat in July was a step in the right direction. Spending the weekend in a relaxing environment with other women facing the same challenges was just what I needed. The most inspirational moment for me was the closing circle. We were asked to choose something we wanted to get rid of to throw into an imaginary fire, and to pick something we wanted to take away with us…….. To view the full newsletter click here.




Its that time of year for the Seattle AIDS Walk! Join the Howlin’ BABES team on Saturday, September 28th at 9am in volunteer park to raise awareness and money for the many programs Lifelong AIDS Alliance provides to people living with HIV in our community!

BABES Annual Family Picnic and Stella Steps Out!!

22 Jul

Join us on Saturday August 17th at Lower Woodland Park Shelter #1 from 11-3pm

We will enjoy a yummy bbq, games for the kids lots of good conversation.

This picnic is made possible by Windermere Capitol Hill!

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Please RSVP to 206-720-5566 or email us at



Thursday, September 12th 6pm

Stella Steps Out a fundraiser benefitting



Dinner provided by Tom Douglas Restaraunts.

*Music and dancing

*Silent Auction

Hosted by Sister Glo Euro N’Wei


Honoring longtime HIV/AIDS educator and Ryan White grantor, Jeff Natter, MPH


Early bird tickets are $100 until August 12th

after August 12th they are $125

Purchase tickets now