Dear Neighbor,

For the last 15 years South Shore AIDS Project has been providing case management services for people who are HIV-positive living in the Greater Plymouth Area. Case management services include coordinating referrals for local medical care, housing, financial and legal advocacy as well as providing nutritional supplements, emergency assistance and transportation to medical and other social service provider appointments. The agency also provides outreach, education and other prevention services.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Healthy Communities initiative, every dollar spent in prevention and education saves approximately nine dollars in medical services. This is simply because treatment for a more advanced disease is more expensive. In the same way, the coordination of support services, together with preventive education and risk reduction, enables persons living with HIV/AIDS to be healthier and to function more independently within the community.

There are an estimated 21,000 to 23,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts. At least 7,000 do not know their HIV status. In our local service area, women now make up close to 40 percent of the people we see, and the need for outreach and education is critical, particularly to this group who are at higher risk.

While we are funded in part by the Ryan White CARE Act to provide these services and programs, we rely on private foundations, corporate and individual contributions to support the work that we do. With substantial cuts to human service programming in the upcoming state and federal budgets, the need to seek additional support is more crucial than ever.

A tax deductible gift, in any amount, to South Shore AIDS Project will support this work, and, on behalf of our clients and staff, I thank you for your consideration of this appeal.


Christina Nordstrom
Executive Director