Many become homeless after losing their jobs and homes due to HIV/AIDS and the shame
that often accompanies the disease. Your donation
to AFH transforms lives in a way that handing out change at intersections never will. Jeanetta's story shows how.
Despite growing up in poverty, Jeanetta* worked hard to get an education and land a good job. Then
she became sick with what she thought was the flu. She was shocked when her doctor revealed that tests showed she was HIV-positive. Used to hearing AIDS used as the punchline of jokes, she slid into shame and depression.
A recent study found 50% of HIV+ individuals have felt at risk of becoming homeless.
Between too many sick days and simply feeling too sad to go to work, Jeanetta lost
her job. No longer able to afford her apartment, she soon joined the army of homeless who beg on street corners.
One day Jeanetta walked up to the window of a car with her homemade sign only to see the surprised face of a former coworker looking back.
She turned to walk away but heard her name being called. Reluctantly, she turned around. Two hours later, after many tears and her first decent meal in months, her life had changed. Her former coworker was an AFH volunteer who told
her about our housing programs, food pantry, and support services.
Jeanetta now lives in our housing program for HIV+ women. Her HIV is under control and her health has improved. Counseling and access to health care have helped her develop
a more positive outlook. Jeanetta tells us she feels ready to look for a new job. Her life was changed by donors like you!