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Madam President

Spring 1998

We are entering a new era here at Women Alive and in the AIDS pandemic. This is why I am so proud to announce that Women Alive is now a fully autonomous, non-profit organization. We are in possession of our 501 (c) (3). We are now a separate organization from Being Alive. We want to thank Being Alive for their emotional support and guidance,of years past. We look forward to their continued community support in enhancing treatment knowledge about and for women.

We sincerely hope, we will be able to collaborate with Being Alive on future projects.


Our official organization name is now the Women Alive Coalition, Inc. We will still be using the name Women Alive on our newsletters and stationary. Our mission remains the same. We are an organization run by and for women facing HIV and AIDS. Peer counselors, who are themselves HIV positive, will continue to answer our HotLine Telephones (800) 554.4876.

We are a self-help organization currently offering the following services for women:

  • Treatment Advocacy; which entails, quarterly "women specific" medical updates, disseminating cutting-edge treatment information, a comprehensive HIV Women's library, and one-on-one sessions at HIV clinics with a knowledgeable and fully trained Treatment Educator who has life experience in dealing with medications and coping with disease

  • A multitude of Support groups and support activities

  • A Concurrent Therapies program which includes weekly acupuncture, massage, and yoga

  • Writing workshops

  • A grocery give away day

  • A legal clinic

  • This Newsletter and an all Spanish Language Newsletter (Ecos Femeninos; by and for Latinas with HIV/AIDS)

  • Referrals to other agencies for case management services.
I truly encourage you to take advantage of these services and our quarterly newsletter.


I would also like to take this opportunity to announce how honored I am to be elected as the President of the Board of Directors of Women Alive Coalition. I find it an extremely gratifying experience to be in the company of such distinguished, intelligent, and highly motivated women who are both infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.

All of the women on the Board of Directors, have been involved in the AIDS community for a number of years. This Board of Directors is culturally diverse and comes from all walks of life, thus bringing a vast amount of knowledge, skill, cultural competency, and contacts to our agency. The members have been involved with Women Alive for several years and continue to provide valuable and effective input for our Women's Programs. We are continually looking for members to join our board, who can align themselves with our mission statement. changes I will continue to inform you of the changes in the organization.

After an extensive comprehensive search, Nancy MacNeil was selected as the Executive Director of the Women Alive Coalition. Nancy MacNeil has a long history of community activism and is skilled at Grant Writing. She has been the Volunteer Newsletter Editor for our publication since the very first issue in 1993. Through her tireless efforts, I am sure we will venture into the new millennium with success. proud We are proud of all the staff at Women Alive.

Some people in the AIDS industry will tell you that in order to get "the best", you have to pay the most. I am here to tell you; that is simply not true. Because, we have the best and we pay the least. We commend the staff of Women Alive for their commitment and hard work. Thank you -- Aleece Dimas, Program Director; Justina Thompson, Outreach/Prevention Educator; Marilyn Howell, Treatment Advocate; and Tammy Vitrano, Bookkeeper.

Anderson & Bennett

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the law firm of Anderson & Bennett. I am especially grateful to Jeffery Erdman, and I want to acknowledge his diligent assistance in obtaining our non-profit status. I welcome all our readers to participate in our programs, and I hope you will avail yourselves to the services provided.


Thank you to the Public Welfare Foundation who had enough faith in us to be the first foundation to fund The Women Alive Coalition, Inc.

Thanks to all the members for your years of past support, and your continued support of Women Alive.

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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.