We are pleased to announce that the Bayer Fund has selected DOORWAYS as a 2021/2022 grant recipient. This partnership allows us to respond to food insecurity needs for people who battle HIV and the effects of prior homelessness and continuing poverty, by providing them with food cards to local grocers.
Our goal is to help those who are HIV positive achieve undetectable status to improve their health outcomes and quality of life but, also, reduce the spread of HIV in the community. To do that, our clients need a stable environment in which they are able to manage their HIV medication regimen. Housing and food security are the first two resources that must be established to begin this process.
This award is even more critical today following the pandemic. Among our clients able to work, most are employed at low-wage jobs in the service industry, these types of jobs were the first to disappear when the pandemic caused business shutdowns. While their housing through DOORWAYS remains stable, food insecurity escalated with loss of income and the closure of many local food banks.