2017 Beneficiaries – BOTB 38

AIDS Foundation Houston

Established in 1996, Camp Hope was the first camp for HIV-positive children in Texas. Camp Hope provides HIV-positive kids ages seven to 16 from low income households the opportunity to develop important life skills needed to manage a life with HIV/AIDS in a healthy and secure environment. For one week campers learn the importance medical adherence, how to manage disclosure of their status in relationships and with their peers and how to deal with stigma – but most importantly, our campers experience a week of fun, barrier-free activities and quality time with their friends.

Stone Soup is a donation based and volunteer driven program providing food assistance to HIV-positive individuals and their families. For persons living with HIV, access to nutritional foods is of dire importance. Proper nutrition strengthens their bodies’ ability to fight infection and maximizes the effectiveness of anti-retroviral medications.

AssistHers

AssistHers, Inc. strives to support lesbians with chronic illness and disabilities live as normally as possible. Using a care team approach, they provide non-medical support in the clients’ home. The support includes light housekeeping and lawn care, transportation, running errands for and with the client. Most importantly, our clients benefit from the socialization and community of seeing a team member at least once a week which helps to prevent social isolation that happens so often with chronic illness.

Avenue 360

For thirty years, Houston Area Community Services and Bering Omega have tirelessly worked to bring health services to an underserved population of Houston. And in November of 2016, Houston Area Community Services and Bering Omega merged to join forces under the new name Avenue 360 Health & Wellness.

 

The new name is a representation of a literal avenue—a path one takes to get to their destination. It is a point of access. Together, we guide our patients so they are able to reach better health outcomes and attain a better life. But individual paths are not linear and we provide a full range of services to promote a 360-degree approach to healthcare. No matter what path our patients are on, Avenue 360 is there to support them and give them the care they need.

 

Avenue 360 Health & Wellness offers a holistic solution for those seeking a medical home. The patient is the center of our model, giving our patients a collaborative choice for their healthcare needs. We care for the whole person, meaning that whether someone needs a diagnosis, a prescription for flu medicine, a stable place to live or a partner in wellness Avenue 360 Health & Wellness is there. Our whole community approach means that everyone is served, from families needing a primary care doctor to those who want to spend their last days in dignity. We represent that “We’re all in this together,” spirit.

 

We care for the whole person, the whole community and the whole city—we’ve done this for decades and will continue to do so for decades more.

Bayou City Performing Arts

Bayou City Performing Arts was founded as The Montrose Singers, Inc. in November 1979. In 1992, the name was changed to Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston. Now BCPA is the umbrella organization for a family of community choruses which include: Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston, Bayou City Women’s Chorus, and Bayou City Chorale.

Houston Gaymers

Houston Gaymers is a 501(c)(3) that was founded in May 2009 to help provide the LGBT+ and their straight allies with a safe haven and social network to find other like-minded individuals and to make strong life-long social bonds. Houston Gaymers partners with Texas Children’s Hospital with an annual toy drive, which Project Blue will supplement specifically with a custom gaming ‘box’ for bedridden children in recovery from chronic disease or injury.

Houston Pride Band

Houston Pride Band was formed by a small group of musicians in 1978 as a way to make new friends and to provide entertainment for Houston’s gay and lesbian community. The band is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA), a national musical organization made up of over twenty-five bands across the nation and around the world. With LGBA, members of the Houston Pride Band have been able to participate at every Gay Games, three Presidential Inaugurations, and conferences throughout the world.

Lazarus House

The Lazarus House is a low or no cost wellness center dedicated to decreasing and limiting the effects of muscle wasting in adults and adolescents living with chronic illness, especially HIV, through wellness, nutrition, and support in a non-clinical, safe environment. Our comprehensive approach to Wellness addresses the body, mind, and soul. We teach life skills to our people so that they not only live longer, but live stronger.

Lesbian Health Initiative

LHI is dedicated to eliminating barriers to healthcare and promoting health and wellness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)- identified women and transgender men through Education, Access and Advocacy programs. LHI’s healthcare access programs include two Health Fairs a year on the first Saturday in June and November. At the Health Fairs and with our partners, LHI provides LGBT culturally competent care and free mammograms, pap, comprehensive blood, blood pressure checks, heart and vascular risk assessments and other healthcare information and services for LGBT women and transgender men who are uninsured or under-insured.

Montrose Grace Place

Grace Place is a safe, welcoming environment for vulnerable homeless youth of all sexualities and gender identities, providing nourishment, healthy relationships, and hope for the future. For one night a week, it is a place for them to experience dignity and respect, with a good meal, creative activities, referrals to social services, and healing relationships with safe, accepting adults.

Montrose Softball League Association

The Montrose Softball League Association is dedicated to the promotion of amateur softball for all persons regardless of age, race, creed, religion, sex, income or national origin with emphasis on the participation of members of the LGBT community of Greater Houston. The goal of the Player Safety Program is to reduce risk of injury to League participants by sponsoring certified bats for all games.

Out For Education

Out for Education is one of the most successful LGBT scholarship-granting foundations in the U.S. dedicated to the purpose of raising scholarship funds for disenfranchised LGBT youth. Having granted more than 200 scholarships valued at nearly $1.4 million through the 2012-13 academic year, Out for Education’s contribution to Houston’s LGBT youth is fundamental to the continued development and re-affirmation of their self concept.

The Montrose Center

Established in 1978 as a safe and affirming place for lesbian and gay Houstonians to receive counseling, the Montrose Center has emerged as one of the nation’s leading full-service LGBTQ community centers. Although counseling remains at the heart of what we do, services have expanded to meet the changing needs of our diverse community. In 2016 more than 100,000 LGBTQ Houstonians found hope through programs and services providing substance abuse treatment, support and advocacy for LGBTQ survivors of violent crimes, care and assistance for people with HIV/AIDS, free community wellness programs and activities, and programs for our community’s most vulnerable and isolated—youth and seniors. We are the heart and the home of the LGBTQ community in Houston, and work every day to help that community live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Pet Patrol

Pet Patrol, a people pet partnership, is a volunteer based, 501 (c)(3) organization that recognizes the proven health benefits of companion animals and is dedicated to preserving the human-animal bond. Its mission is to assist limited income elderly and those affected by chronic or life-threatening illnesses in the Houston area by helping care for the pets with whom they share their lives.

T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc.

The T.R.U.T.H. Project targets the GLBT community and Allies, focusing on creating self awareness and healing through the use of performance arts and social engagement. Addressing issues important to our community and society, this project highlights national and local artist creating original works that will be presented to the community in an out of the box healing experience.

Thomas Street Patients Services

Harris Health System’s Thomas Street Health Center is a freestanding HIV/AIDS clinic, which provides medical care and psychological and social services to those who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Physicians from Baylor College of Medicine and UTHealth provide primary and specialty care services, including: oncology, endocrinology, pain management, dermatology, rheumatology, women’s health, adolescent health, ENT, neurology, and treatment and management of hepatitis C. Thomas Street also has on-site case management, pharmacy, physical therapy, psychiatry and counseling services. Thomas Street Health Center offers an extensive HIV health education curriculum and a variety of HIV/AIDS research initiatives.

Transgender Foundation

Organized in 1998, the Transgender Foundation of America (TFA) is a Houston-based grass-roots nonprofit organization. TFA was brought into existence through the hard work and support its preceeding organization, the Gulf Coast Transgender Community (GCTC) which traces its roots back to 1965.

 

Engaging in advocacy, education and outreach: Whether it’s doing things like organizing the Myra Ical vigil and meeting with officials or pushing for equal access to housing, medical care and social services, the efforts of TFA have fueled practically every effort to make medical care, social services and low-cost therapy services available to transgender Houstonians. Whether it’s training employers and professionals, providing the community access to the only TG library in Texas and the only TG archive open to the public in the nation or teaching our community about HIV and working with schools and universities to support greater understanding of the transgender community, TFA has paved the way for meaningful change in the services the community relies upon.

 

Being there: TFA provides homeless services referrals and removes barriers to mental health support through free group therapy, counseling and vetted referrals.

2016 Beneficiaries – BOTB 37

AIDS Foundation Houston – Camp Hope
AIDS Foundation Houston – Stone Soup
AssistHers
Bayou City Performing Arts
Bering Omega – Oral Health Clinic
Bering Omega – Omega House
Epsilon Xi Gamma, Inc. – L.Y.F.E.
Homeless Gay Kids Houston
Houston Gaymers – Project Blue Shell
Houston Pride Band
HRC Foundation – Houston Welcoming Schools Program

LHI – Lesbian Health Initiative
Montrose Center – Holiday Baskets
Montrose Center – Senior Housing Project
Montrose Grace Place
Montrose Softball League Association
Out For Education
Pet Patrol
PRIDE Charities, Inc.
T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc.
Texas Transgender Non Discrimination Summit
Thomas Street Patients Services

2015 Beneficiaries – BOTB 36

AIDS Foundation Houston – Camp Hope
AIDS Foundation Houston – Stone Soup
AssistHers
Bayou City Performing Arts
Bering Omega – Hospice
Bering Omega – Dental Clinic
Elsik HS GSA
Houston Pride Band

Lazarus House
LHI – Lesbian Health Initiative
Montrose Center – Holiday Baskets
Montrose Grace Place
Out For Education
Pet Patrol
Thomas Street Patients Services

2014 Beneficiaries – BOTB 35

AIDS Foundation Houston
AIDS Housing Coalition Houston
AssistHers
Bayou City Performing Arts
Bering Omega – Omega House
Bering Omega – Dental Clinic
LHI – Lesbian Health Initiative
M.E.N. Inc

Montrose Clinic – Holiday Baskets
Montrose Grace Place
Pet Patrol
PFLAG HATCH
PRIDE – Houston
SNAP – Spay, Neuter Assistance Program
Thomas Street Patients Services Corp

2013 Beneficiaries – BOTB 34

AIDS Foundation Houston – Camp Hope
AIDS Housing Coalition
AssistHers
Bayou City Performing Arts (BCPA)
Bering Omega Community Services
Houston Area Community Services (HACS)
Lazarus House
Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI)

LOUD, Inc.
Mentoring Educating and Nurturing (MEN, INC)
SPRY
Montrose Center – HATCH
Montrose Grace Place
PFLAG
Pride Houston
Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)

2012 Beneficiaries – BOTB 33

AIDS Foundation (Camp Hope Project)
AIDS Housing Coalition (Update Homeless Shelter)
Bayou City Performing Arts
Bering Omega (Dental Program)
Expert Nutrition (Replenish supplements for patients)
HATCH (Safe School Outreach)

Lazarus House (Wellness Program)
Lesbian Health Initiative (Health Fair)
LOAF (Lesbians Over Age Fifty) (Publications)
LOUD, Inc. (Assist with Transgendered Education)
MEN Inc. (Equipment)
SNAP

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