Partnership for Successful Living member, Southern NH HIV/AIDS Task Force, is Greater Nashua’s AIDS Service Organization, providing a full continuum of direct care and support to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Every year, around the winter holidays, they work with another organization to purchase gifts for the children of their clients. One such client, Ted*, is a shining example of how utilizing the services of the Task Force, combined with a dose of perseverance, can change lives for the better.
Ted first came to the Task Force in 2006, homeless, unemployed, and addicted to drugs. He also had full blown AIDS. Working with a Task Force Case Manager, Ted was able to access affordable housing combined with supportive services, adequate medical care including antiretroviral therapy, substance use disorder treatment, the services of a nutritionist, and the compassion and encouragement of the Task Force staff and clients. Ted began to reconnect with his then 8-year old son as he focused on turning his life around. Eventually, his son moved in with him permanently.
Today, Ted and his son are thriving. Ted’s winning his battle against AIDS and addiction; he is employed; and this year, he told Task Force staff that he no longer needs their assistance to purchase his son holiday gifts. In a touching note shared with Task Force staff, Ted writes:
Thank you guys for keeping us in mind but we are doing OK. I’m sure some other kids out there can use the gifts more than we can. Thank you Sully, Wendy, Zena, Magaly – for everything you have done for us. We wouldn’t be where we are without you guys.
The Task Force is a non-profit organization serving some of Greater Nashua’s most vulnerable citizens. They rely on the generosity of community members to increase the quality and availability of knowledge, services, and resources in all matters relating to HIV infection and AIDS to people in southern New Hampshire regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, disability, gender, age or sexual orientation. To learn more, join us on Facebook or visit us on the web.
*Name has been changed.