Staff members Emmett Findley, Pat Costello, Dorella Walters, Karen Pearl, and Marla Hassner with volunteer and former staff member Kevin Scullin

Today is World AIDS Day, a time devoted to remembering those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and those who are affected by HIV/AIDS to this day. In a solemn and poignant discussion, God’s Love staff gathered for a panel discussion focused on the critical role women played at the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Chief Human Resources Officer Marla Hassner, Office Manager Pat Costello, Senior Director of Program Affairs Dorella Walters, and volunteer and former staff member Kevin Scullin shared heartfelt stories about their work as volunteers, drivers, and advocates during this tragic time. From losing entire groups of dear friends, to winning workplace discrimination lawsuits, and delivering meals to God’s Love clients living with HIV/AIDS, each panelist shared moving personal memories. The session ended with a moment of silence where staff members lit candles to honor the loved ones they lost to this disease.

God’s Love is proud that we helped and continue to help so many living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. At a time of great fear and uncertainty, God’s Love was there to provide a hot meal and a smile. Last year, we cooked, packaged, and home-delivered 528,649 medically tailored meals to 1,005 individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.

Thank you to our panelists and partner organizations who have helped us make great strides as a community toward a shared goal of ending HIV/AIDS.

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