March and April asked if THP would survive the year against the two global crises of HIV and Covid-19, both rife with death, stigma, inequity, shame and radical political divides. December—which seemed impossibly distant at the time—provides an answer I confess I could barely have hoped for.
By grace, sweat, fortune and forethought, our people are safe. By technology, generosity and will, our services remain uninterrupted. By forces known exclusively to the human heart, we have genuinely accomplished the great risks of growth and change, evidenced by our new High Point offices and outreach; the sustainability and increased gifts of our radical space of community, Higher Ground; a revamped internal structure to support further growth and equity; tech advances to better serve our community; and more—all toward the singular commitment to a future free of HIV and the stigma that haunts and efficiently suffocates the people it affects.
We haven’t thrived without good teachers. Since 1986, we’ve walked alongside brave men, women and children unwilling to simply survive but to flourish against the most extreme odds. They did so with the unflinching devotion of a loving community. And this year, more than any other, so have we.
With all gratitude and blessings,