September 2022

Gathering to H.E.A.L. Breakfast

(Helping End AIDS in our Lifetime)

October 8th at 9:00 AM

Join us Saturday, October 8 at Hope UMC, Greenwood Village, CO, for our annual breakfast at 9 a.m.    

 Rachelle Schaap will be honored as Shero of the Year; Dr. Bonnie Messer and

Rev. Ken Daniell will speak; Edwina Maben will share her musical talent and

Glorie Gitonga will join us by video. 

 Dr. Bonnie Messer and Jodie Senter are our breakfast Co-Chairs.

Tickets are $25.00


Guest Speaker

Rev. Ken Daniell

Guest Speaker

Dr. Bonnie Messer

Social Worker

Mrs. Glorie Gitonga

Musical Performer Ms. Edwina Maben

Invocation Rev. Lin Cheek

2022 Honoree Ms. Rachelle Schaap

Honored By It Takes A Village

Denver’s premier HIV agency focusing on outreach to the African American community honored the Center for Health and Hope and Dr. Don Messer at their 20th Anniversary Dinner. Messer was presented the Community Impact Award by Ms. Imani Latif. Describing their organization as a “Black-run and woman-run organization,” Latif heralded Messer as “her hero” for work in Africa, Asia, and USA.

Learn more about It Takes A Village here.

Who Will Build The 10th Home in Kenya?

The Center hopes in 2022 to build ten homes for homeless AIDS orphans and their desperate grandmothers in Maua, Kenya. Donors have now paid for nine of them; they are either built or under construction.  Who will provide the 10th?  


Over $52,000 Raised in August Swinging@AIDS Benefit

Amazing support from so many persons resulted in a net of over $52,000 from the 16thAnnual golf benefit in Denver.  Thank you! Plans are underway for 2023 with Bruce Berger as Chair & Bill Graf as his associate. Ruth Ann Russell will lead the Silent Auction.

$3,000 Sent To Combat Period Poverty

Girls and young women suffer from “period poverty” as lack of sanitary supplies keep them from school and leads to sexual exploitation.  Thanks to gifts of $25 per person, a young woman receives sanitary supplies for a year along with two pairs of underwear. Thanks to the leadership of Clietta Terry, $3,000 has recently been sent to Kenya, with more contributions and distributions planned.

Always feel free to contact me via phone 303 877 1955 or email at

Don Messer, Executive Director, Center for Health and Hope

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