An unknown author wrote “heal the past, live the present, and dream the future”. As we come upon the end of another year at Triad Health Project this quote speaks much of my Vision for our agency.
Our past tells the story of the history of AIDS/HIV and with it much grief and loss—loss of life, loss of family, loss of hope. But along with that has come a healing journey that has turned grief and loss into resilience, honor, and joy. Triad Health Project exists to join with the communities we serve to offer spaces and experiences where healing of past pain and grief happens every day.
In the present, we live. We live big and loud. We claim the spaces we are in with power, expertise, and for and with the communities we serve. All people should have access to care. Talking about sexual health should be normalized. Medicine, condoms, healthcare, and insurance should be available to all. A diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, a reason to be isolated. We share meals, stories, hugs, and see one another as PEOPLE first. We break down stigma one conversation at a time.
As 2023 becomes another chapter in the “past” of THP, we ask you to join us in 2024 and be a part of our present initiatives: expanding prevention outreach to communities most heavily impacted by HIV, increasing emergency financial assistance to those living with HIV, and telehealth treatment options statewide for STI prevention, HIV, and Hepatitis C. Your gift helps us secure the future we’ve been dreaming of and working toward.
We dream a future free of stigma. Where someone’s status is no longer a reason they are kept from housing, work, or even their own family gathering. We dream of all our clients housed, and fed, and well. We dream of a community so well educated about HIV that free condoms are in every school, public restroom, barber shop, and grocery store. Where PrEP is offered alongside birth control. Where Triad Health Project is no longer needed.
With all gratitude and blessings,