“Casey House continues to be a very special place of compassion and love, where the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable people are changed for the better. I consider it a privilege to be a part of that, each time I volunteer at Casey House.”
-Avi Mani, Weekend Reception Volunter (for 18 years)
For 18 years, Avi Mani has volunteered as a weekend receptionist at Casey House. During this time he’s witnessed countless transformations happen in the lives of our clients and their loved ones. Thanks in part to the support of our community of donors, he has seen terrific advancements in HIV treatment at Casey House. But he says that there is also much that remains the same since he arrived for his first shift at the reception desk in 1997.
Avi says that as warm an environment as Casey House is, it’s really the people who make it special. “Staff and volunteers have lovingly built this wonderful safe space at Casey House where the health and well-being of the whole person is supported and cared for, with dignity and without judgement,” he says. “These values of excellence and compassion have not changed in the 18 years I’ve been here.”
Though treatments have advanced tremendously, Casey House cares for the people living with HIV/AIDS whose burden of disease has become impossible to manage on their own. This means that even after discharge, the clients of Casey House usually still experience difficult health challenges associated with their complex presentations of HIV/AIDS. They will likely require a great deal of home health support through our donor-funded community program, and many will also likely be readmitted at some point to Casey House, where they’ll be received once again with love and compassion.
Avi says that clients soon learn to trust that once they’re connected with care at Casey House, they will not have to struggle alone again.
“Once you’re connected to the care at Casey House, the whole team continues to adapt to your needs and make sure that you get the care you need, whether that means delivering that care at 9 Huntley Street, or back in your home.”
Avi considers it a privilege to spend his volunteer time every other weekend at Casey House.
“Through all the changes that I’ve seen in the way the care is delivered, it’s the warmth and the love that is all around at Casey House that has stayed constant. Casey House continues to be a very special place of compassion and love, where the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable people are changed for the better. I consider it a privilege to be a part of that, each time I volunteer at Casey House.”