For it’s 7th year Dining Out For Life comes to Portland on Thursday, April 30, 2015.
In the early 1990s, AIDS looked very different than it does today. In Oregon, approximately 350 people were dying a year from AIDS. Today, fewer than 100 Oregonians are dying from AIDS, thanks to a number of advancements:
- The development of medications successfully fighting the virus
- Increased testing, so people know their status earlier
- Systems put into place, linking people to care when they test HIV+
- Systems supporting people’s efforts to reach 100% adherence to their medication
Both OHSU/Partnership Project and EMO’s HIV Day Center have been part of the HIV system of care in Portland helping thousands of persons living with HIV/AIDS live healthy lives since the early 1990s.
While these organizations are small in staffing and budgets, they stretch grant and fundraising dollars as far as possible to provide critical services. In 2009, these organizations came together to produce the 1st Dining Out for Life in Portland.
The national event started in 1991 in Philadelphia by Action AIDS and is now in 60 cities across the country!
How can you participate?
Dine Out at a participating restaurant during breakfast, lunch or dinner! Each location is donating between 20-30% of your bill to EMO’s HIV Day Center and Partnership Project .
The program is in its 18th year of providing critical services to HIV positive individuals in the Portland Metro area. Last year 950 people living with HIV/AIDS were served through our Social Work and Nursing Case Management services.
We help individuals get into medical care, maintain insurance, take their medications and connect to essential supportive services. We also provide risk reduction counseling.
EMO’s HIV Day Center
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the center is the oldest multi-service drop in center for low-income individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the United States.
The Center serves approximately 300 people yearly, providing them with two hot meals a day, information and referral services, computer and internet access, phones, shower and laundry facilities and recovery support as well as volunteer professionals who provide services such as massage therapy, acupuncture and haircuts. The Daily Bread Express program delivers weekly meals and supplemental groceries to more than 60 homebound individuals.
Julia Lager-Mesulam, LCSW is the Director of OHSU/Partnership Project. Julia has been with OHSU/Partnership Project since 2000 and working in the field of HIV/AIDS since 1994. Partnership Project is a multi-health care consortium housed within OHSU that was developed in 1995 and provides medical case management to approximately 900 Persons Living with HIV/AIDS annually.