People living with HIV must find a balance between living an ordinary lifestyle and suffering from an incurable, sometimes debilitating, chronic illness requiring a significant sacrifice in quality of life. When that balance is lost, financial well being is frequently the first casualty. Transient housing bridges the gap, enabling those that have stumbled to regain their footing and move forward.
Transient housing means what it sounds like: temporary, short-term solutions for those with an acute need. While we work to develop our clients' money management, compliance, and sobriety, the brief 90-day window is not always enough time to realize permanent, lasting changes to lifelong habits. For this reason we continue to counsel and assist former residents after they have become more stable and self-sufficient.
People living with HIV/AIDS are faced with numerous challenges that require interaction with numerous service providers, agencies, social services, and medical specialists. When one is ill, it can be difficult to manage the often daily need to meet with these providers, coordinating schedules, prerequisites, documentation, funding sources, and more. The role of the Case Manager (or client advocate) is to assist the client with these many challenges and help to coordinate the identification of the specific provider that the client requires, to guide the client through the red tape, to motivate the client to behave responsibly, and to try to eliminate many of the obstacles that inhibit the clients own efforts to remain healthy.
One of the most important elements of managing HIV disease is to maintain a consistently healthy diet with a nutrition program adjusted to the needs of those with HIV and taking medications to control the virus. The medications can be quite toxic themselves, and too much or too little protein, fat, sugar, or other dietary components can contribute to a decline in blood cells, damage to the kidneys or liver, improper distribution of adipose deposits, weakened bones, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. One of the most effective and successful programs offered to the Carson House residents is the daily hot meals, served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 365 days a year. This program has assisted tens of thousands of HIV-challenged people over its lifetime, and is the most widely appreciated of the services provided by SAAF.
Lifelong Conditions Demand Long-Term Care
There are promising developments in the study of HIV and AIDS, but a cure is not yet emerging from the many laboratories across the globe that are engaged in this battle. SAAF and Carson House will remain a reliable resource to the community, and as it has for decades, adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the disease and those afflicted.
While our organization works to minimize the suffering and social effects of this condition, we are always looking for resources, both tangible and financial, to allow our staff to focus on the services we provide rather than on obtaining those things we consume in providing those services. Your donation of money, food, clothing, and of your time helping us deliver those services have long been the life blood of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.
If you have time and energy or resources to contribute, please join us in our battle against the harm and devastation that can result from a s imple HIV+ diagnosis. Our clients, staff, and tireless volunteers will be grateful to you, and we all will be genuinely delighted by whatever you can contribute.
There will soon be a wishlist published on this site, and if you choose to do so, you can select the item(s) you can comfortably afford to help improve the life of one or more of our neighbors battling this disease.
There's no time like the present. Why not take a moment to contact us to discuss your interests and availability?