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HRA Wellness Resource Center Host HIV Survivor Soiree Fundraiser


For the first time in Connecticut HRA Wellness Resource Center will host the 1st Annual HIV Survivor Soiree Fundraiser honoring the lives of survivors across the state “A Life We Never Dreamed Of “on Friday June 8, 2018 at Casa Mi at the Hawthorne 2421 Berlin Turnpike Berlin CT from 6 – 10 p.m.. The Wellness Resource Center will honor “5 Pillars” across the state both providers within the HIV field as well as consumers honorees include Seja Fishman- Jackson, APRN (Hartford) Alice Ferguson (New Britain) Karina Danvers (New Haven) Ann Galloway-Johnson (Waterbury) Ryan Grant (Bridgeport). Keynote Speaker Emmy Award Winning AIDS Activist Ms. Rae Lewis-Thorton and musical guest Ace Livingston.

Sitting on the corner of Whiting and Bassett Street in HRA Wellness Resource Center has been a staple in the New Britain area serving individuals and families affected and infected by HIV/AIDS since 1995. Formally known as “Someplace Special” we continue to provide essential services to many long term survivors who have been with the agency since the program was first established and newly diagnosed individuals. New Britain has a population of over 72,000 residents yet ranks7th in the State of Connecticut for HIV/AIDS cases. Today at the Wellness Resource Center, clients are linked to HIV, Primary and Oral care services, Medication and Health Coverage, Housing, Nutrition and Treatment Adherence Services as needed. Through our Medical Case Manager Team clients can access meals on site daily as well as food pantry services or take part in the Wellness Centers Journey 2 Wellness/ El Viaje’ psychosocial support program facilitated by several peers who work one to one with clients in need. Aligning with the needs of the community HRA Wellness Resource Center has grown to be the largest leading provider of services in the greater New Britain area which include Bristol and surrounding towns

HIV/AIDS effects and affects individuals, families and communities and 2018 is a big year in the lives of survivors. It has been 37 years since the announcement HIV. It is also the 20th anniversary of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART). As HIV/AIDS advancements have evolved, so have the clients served and the services offered at the Wellness Center. That is reason to celebrate and raise awareness to the community at large.

Collaborating in the fundraising event as co-hosts are New Britain’s own State Representative Robert Sanchez and Ryan White Project Manager Mrs. Angelique Croasdale-Mills. These two individuals have been vested in the work for people living with HIV/AIDS for numerous years.

This will be a networking opportunity as well as an insightful event that is sure to celebrate how far we have come in HIV work but also spark a fire under us to remind us to stay fueled because we have a way still to go!

For more information contact DeLita Rose Daniels at HRA Wellness Resource Center 860-826-4741 Ex 106