I was living on the streets with no money or job, and HIV-positive. I wanted to work, but had a hard time finding a job without a permanent address. For one year, I was constantly looking for food and shelter – not just for myself, but for my 10-year old daughter, too.
I then learned about the AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) housing program for families affected by HIV/AIDS. My daughter and I moved into AFH housing and I set two short-term goals: finding a job and getting a car. Within nine months, I accomplished both. Today, I am a technician at a local hospital and I drive to and from work in my own car. I am also saving money so that one day soon my daughter and I can move out of AFH housing and into our own home.
Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event involving the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors and restaurants. The concept is simple: Restaurants donate a generous percent of their sales to a local HIV service organization, and the local HIV service organization fills participating restaurants with diners. Participating is even easier: locate a Dining Out For Life event in a city near you, find a restaurant from the list of participating locations, and on that city’s event date: Dine Out to End HIV.
Each year, more than 50 local HIV service organizations partner with 2,400+ participating restaurants, 4,100+ volunteers, and 300,000+ diners to raise over $4.5 million for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and Canada. Best part? All funds raised through a city’s Dining Out For Life event stay in that city to provide help and hope to people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.
You can participate too! Find out if your city participates in Dining Out For Life by clicking on the interactive map on the homepage.
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