WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I am a former resident of GBAPP’s Housing for Success. To my mind; the services and support I was given while staying there was very influential in my developing success …. When I first entered their program; I did not want to be living on my own and was suffering from major depression. While I knew I wanted to better myself; I was hesitant to put in the work to improve my situation. Yet the staff at GBAPP saw something within me and believed in me so they gave me all I needed, including care coordination for services to help me overcome depression … To this day I thank the staff for all they have given me. GBAPP’s staff helped prepare me for the success I have achieved so far and I’m currently furthering myself pursing independent housing and education. I have recently enrolled in an Information Technology program to earn the credits needed to enter the work force.
For me, the first challenges of my positive HIV diagnosis was dealing with the aspect of negative stigma that typically occurs with those who are not well informed.I feel this is particularly true when women such as myself are positive. I was having serious difficulties with my family for this very reason. Most of this negativity is from free and lack of knowledge of causes of transmission, treatment options, and general misconceptions. Luckily for me, I found a wonderful case manger at GBAPP. She not only helped me get the right treatment and care for both my physical and mental well being; she also helped me explain to my family the complexity and all aspects of my diagnosis. I participated in GBAPP's HIV Advocacy Institute and now proudly work as a advocate for others who are facing the same challenges.
Before I went to MI Casa (a program predating our current housing programs) as part of GBAPP; I was in a few Foster Homes. My experiences in those Foster Homes weren’t that great …. When I became pregnant and had a choice between two other group homes, I chose GBAPP’s MI Casa … When I moved in; it was an adjustment, however I could feel the love there. The staff cared about the well-being of my child and myself. MI Casa became my home and some of the staff became family to me …. The staff taught me how to care for my child, made certain I finished High School and prepared me for college. I learned the necessary life skills to be able to take care of myself and my child. I’m now 26 and I still go to visit the staff at GBAPP …. They made a huge difference in my life and will always have a special place in my heart …