We've seen the news coverage about the deaths and destruction that
Hurricane Harvey caused in Texas. Even those organizations charged with helping others are struggling to get back on their feet. Among them are
AIDS Foundation Houston and the
Montrose Center. Both organizations serve those living with HIV/AIDS.
The Campbell Foundation, a Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting clinical, laboratory-based research into the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, has provided each with a $10,000 emergency grant to be used as each organization sees fit.
"Living in South Florida, we know first-hand the devastation a hurricane can bring. Many of the most vulnerable people - those living with HIV/AIDS - have had their lives turned upside down and we wanted to do what we could to assist," said The Campbell Foundation's Executive Director
To put things into perspective, AIDS Foundation Houston, which serves more than 200 people living with HIV and residing in six housing programs, was forced to shut its doors after Harvey struck. The foundation is now seeing clients who have been displaced due to the flooding, loss of personal items and furniture, and who need food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and linkage to medical providers so that those who are HIV positive do not run out of medications, according to
Melody Patelis, Chief Development Officer for AIDS Foundation Houston.