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Community Resource Update Spotlighting BABES

June 28, 2002

BABES is a peer-led non-profit agency in Seattle, Washington that is a organization of women facing HIV together. BABES strives to enhance the quality of life and serve the needs of women facing HIV through providing peer support, advocacy, education, and outreach.

BABES is dedicated to building a community among women from all walks of life who are facing HIV and AIDS. BABES offers a women-centered environment and assures confidentiality. The BABES Network was started by a diverse group of HIV positive women who came together to share information, experiences, and support. BABES is founded on the concept that HIV-positive women are uniquely qualified to understand and encourage one another.

BABES has been building community among HIV-positive women from all walks of life since 1989. BABES offers a supportive environment and assures confidentiality.


BABES Events and Activities
BABES has monthly events. These can be anything from educational to pure fun -- picnics, kayaking or arts and crafts projects. BABES offers support groups each week. Thursday afternoon is the Support Group/Lunch. Every other Monday night is the Couples Group. Then once per month is the Youth Group/Event. There is also the HOOP group every Monday afternoon. BABES has two retreats scheduled each year, usually one in the spring or early summer and one in the fall. Most events are for women, who are infected with HIV, only. Some events include their children or other family members and friends. Childcare and transportation are provided for our events, to make arrangements, please call ahead of time.

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New for BABES in 2002:

Evening Group
A group for HIV-positive women, who prefer to attend a group in the evening.

Peer Counseling
One-on-one support from another HIV-positive woman who has faced some of the same obstacles.

Support Groups
Offering a regular opportunity for positive women to share about issues of importance to them.

Gatherings
Sharing food, fun and conversation in a comfortable, relaxed environment.

Advocacy
HIV-positive women providing technical assistance and leadership to help community agencies better sere the complex needs of women and families.

Self-Advocacy Training
HIV-positive women experienced in dealing with systems, teaching each other how to advocate for themselves.

BABES Talking
A monthly newsletter printed in English and Spanish that brings women's stories and needed information to HIV-positive women throughout Washington.

Educational Forums
Focusing on topics of interest to BABES members including new treatments, family issues, alternative therapies, relaxation and many others.

Retreats
Offering an opportunity for HIV-positive women to take time away from their busy lives and share support, information and fun in a quiet, supportive setting.


To receive more information about BABES and its programs please call us toll free at 1-888-292-1912 or e-mail us at www.babesnetwork.org.




  
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This article was provided by Seattle Treatment Education Project. It is a part of the publication STEP Ezine.
 
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