What is all the excitement about this spring? Well The Women’s Collective’s Care Team is busy as bees making sure activities are blooming for you. Taking a fresh lead in providing services for women of color in the District of Columbia, our task is to ensure that your needs are met. We are looking forward to the participation of new as well as old familiar faces that we have not seen for some time, engaging in our fresh new curriculum. We have developed a calendar of events that are ongoing and some are for a limited time to empower you with skills to succeed in this ever changing time.
We started out April and May with a variety of successful groups addressing vital issues of your concerns and are looking forward to their continued growth. The months of May and June promises to deliver even more participation in these activities as the weather becomes more favorable to getting out and about. We have really put our heads together this time to create a diverse agenda that awaits your participation.
Let’s see what we have in store! “Lunch and Learn Series VI”, is bringing the fireside chat UP Close and Personal this month with conversations selected by the group. (What do you have a burning desire to discuss that, until now, you have been reluctant to talk about?) Our Lunch and Learn groups have been strictly educational in the past and now, we are making an effort to create an agenda that will also cover subjects that matter to and are suggested by the women we serve. Our goal is to make sure your needs are met. Having an opportunity to have an open and honest dialogue with other women with similar concerns is the opportunity of a lifetime to make sure your voice is heard and to build your support network.
These groups, as well as the others that we are adding to our calendar, are crucial to engaging women and girls living with HIV in care. It’s easy for someone to sit at a desk, in a cubicle or office, and tell someone what they need to do (get to a doctor, take medication, etc.). But we have found that peer support makes all the difference in linking and retaining women in care. It’s easy for a woman living with HIV to feel isolated, desperate, and concerned about her family. But we strive to make sure that women do not feel alone. Here at TWC they can sit together and support each other, share their struggles and successes, and tell their stories to other women who have been there. They can learn how to navigate the challenges of being a woman, being a mother, and being HIV positive from others who have faced those same challenges.
There are few things as powerful as hearing, “I lived through that. I got through that. And you can too.”
These are just a few of the things that you can expect from our fresh new approach this spring and beyond. Check our calendar, come on out and join in the activities that are being planned for the upcoming months that are fun filled and cannot be designed without you. We are very excited and look forward to your participation in the days to come.