We have a saying in the field of HIV treatment: “Housing is healthcare.” It is nearly impossible to treat a person living with HIV or AIDS when they lack a permanent place to call home. That’s why WNCAP works so hard to connect our homeless clients with housing. There is no greater joy than seeing a client’s expression when they realize they won’t be sleeping on the street or in a shelter that night. We are so grateful to report we have connected nearly a dozen clients to housing this year, including an incredible three clients in one week! It would be impossible to house homeless clients without significant staff time and resources. Will you chip in so all people living with HIV/AIDS in our community will have a place to sleep tonight?
The opioid epidemic is ravaging Western North Carolina. Among its many devastating effects are rising rates of HIV and hepatitis C due to injection drug use. Last year, due to the sustained advocacy of our elected officials, syringe exchange programs became legal in North Carolina. The Centers for Disease Control are unequivocal: “[Needle Exchange Programs] are an effective component of a comprehensive, integrated approach to HIV prevention… these programs have also been associated with reduced risk for infection with hepatitis C virus.”The Needle Exchange Program of Asheville
(NEPA), operated by WNCAP, safely disposed of thousands of un-sterile syringes in the past year and distributed hundreds of thousands of sterile injection supplies. The number of people kept alive and in good health as a result is countless. But NEPA receives no public funding from the federal, state, or local governments. That means this program is especially dependent on our community members who are willing to step up for public health. Please consider donating to WNCAP so we can continue to offer harm reduction services to those who are most vulnerable. Your gift will change – or save – a life.
At WNCAP, we take a holistic approach to improving the lives of our clients. That’s why in the past year, WNCAP staff and volunteers delivered 25 tons of nutritious food and personal care items across 18 counties and 1,700 miles in Western North Carolina. It’s also why we opened up access to the shower in our office. Food, transportation, and bathing supplies all cost money. Will you step up to help WNCAP improve the lives of our clients?
We are in the midst of a public health crisis. The South is home to the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses, the largest percentage of people living with HIV, and the most people dying from AIDS. Everyone is at risk. There are worrying trends affecting women and older Americans currently being reported. HIV/AIDS knows no boundaries. We have tools to combat the epidemic of HIV and other life-altering infections. Educational outreach, free testing, condom distribution, and nutritious food distribution are just some of the weapons WNCAP uses in our fight against HIV/AIDS. Will you stand with us on the front lines of this public health battle? Any amount will help improve and save lives in your community.
Although HIV /AIDS affects everyone, our
low-income neighbors, persons of color, and members of the LGBTQ community are disproportionately affected by this epidemic. WNCAP works hard to communicate our message of health to those communities in need. Earlier this year, Hola Carolina Magazine
, which caters to the Latino community in North Carolina, published a profile on WNCAP Prevention Educator, Michael Harney
. Publicity like this gives WNCAP the opportunity to reach people who otherwise might not know about us or the work we do.
People who are HIV-positive are living longer than ever. That means in addition to WNCAP’s mission of eliminating all new HIV diagnoses in Western North Carolina through prevention and education, we also have a new mandate to improve and maintain quality of life for all those who are long term survivors of HIV. From connecting clients to housing, medical care, and pharmacy services, to empowering the community through advocacy, WNCAP is dedicated to making the lives of people with infectious diseases as long and full as possible. It is tremendous, inspiring work. But we can’t do it alone. Now, in the season of giving, will you donate to our Year End Campaign so that WNCAP can continue to fight for those who are most vulnerable?
P.S. WNCAP is a Section 501 (c)3 nonprofit and your gift
may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. WNCAP advises each donor to consult with their tax advisers or the IRS to determine their deductibility.