We are very excited to be a part of the Indiana AIDS Walk for the first time this year. On Saturday, September 23, we want to get as many people to walk with us to raise money for the Gregory R. Powers Direct Emergency Financial Assistance (DEFA) Fund. DEFA pays for emergency expenses for Hoosiers living with HIV/AIDS who are at or below the poverty level. Last year, DEFA funds were used to cover utility payments, keep a family from becoming homeless, doctors’ visits, prescription drug refills, bus passes even to replace a battery-powered wheelchair.
I would like to share a little bit of my personal story and why I am passionate about this walk. In my previous work-life, I was the Housing and Employment Coordinator at the Damien Center form 2000-2006. I managed the DEFA monies to help our clients with the above mentioned things. The DEFA monies are vital to survival for so many people living with HIV/AIDS. With federal funding dwindling, it's even more important to lend a helping hand by walking and donating.
Please join us in walking and monetary assistance to reach our goal of $2000.00. We can do it!