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James

I’m inspired by the men and women at Casey House who do this frontline work with people who are really struggling with HIV. They make a huge contribution. And I believe that it’s incumbent on our community to support that work, with our dollars and also our efforts.

James Beattie, Donor, Committee Volunteer

I’m drawn to Casey House by the care and comfort it provides for marginalized people in an urban environment.

Even now, with everything we have learned, HIV infection rates in our city are growing. Too many people believe that HIV is no longer a disease that kills. And that’s very worrisome. Casey House treats people who are experiencing accelerated aging due to HIV, with 50 year-olds dealing with symptoms you would normally only see in the very elderly. They also care for people who haven’t accessed proper treatment, perhaps because of problems with drug use or mental illness. These individuals are not going to get better unless there’s someone there to oversee their health care and help them get fed and take their medications and find a bed to sleep in. That’s the sort of continuity and supportive care that they need to get well. So I see the people at Casey House who have made the decision to enter this profession and deliver that care as exceptional.

My grandmother and my mother were not wealthy people but they taught me that if you really want to engage in and contribute within society, you have to follow through and act in a material way, by tithing. It was a way of life for their generations, and a good one. Anyone can contribute in a material manner, relative to his or her economic abilities.

I’m inspired by the men and women at Casey House who do this frontline work with people who are really struggling with HIV. They make a huge contribution. And I believe that it’s incumbent on our community to support that work, with our dollars and also our efforts.