Join Jerusalem House and help us “Pack the Park with HOPE” on Sunday, October 22! With your support, we can make a difference for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Atlanta.
An Atlanta nonprofit, Jerusalem House helps homeless and low-income individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS by providing housing and supportive services. Research shows that someone who has stable housing is much more likely to see their doctor regularly and take their medications. More than 85 percent of our residents see improved health within their first year of living at a Jerusalem House program. Housing also helps prevent new HIV infections because people with stable housing are less likely to engage in risky behavior. Having a place to call home means that our residents can focus on getting better and taking the next steps in their lives.
The South is in the midst of an HIV epidemic, with the highest rate of new HIV infections in the United States. Poorer access to healthcare, stigma regarding HIV/AIDS, income inequality, and cultural factors, including discomfort with public discussions of sexuality, all factor into this growing problem. To fight it, we must openly discuss HIV/AIDS, fight the stigma, and encourage individuals to get tested and treated.
Private funds, like those raised through the AIDS walk, are vital to Jerusalem House. While Jerusalem House receives large federal grants, these grants are only made to nonprofits with significant private-sector support. These grants are made possible because of the support of people like you. Private funds not only enable us to leverage federal grants, but they also cover necessary services and costs excluded by government grants. ALL of the money raised by Jerusalem House Walkers in the AIDS walk goes directly to Jerusalem House.