In our series “God’s Love Stories of Pride” we tell the stories of our donors, volunteers, and clients post-Stonewall. Hear from Louise Kramer, our longtime volunteer, about what brought her to God’s Love, and why she stays.
“I had been a reporter on the health beat at a NJ daily in the late ’80s and wrote extensively on AIDS at the height of the crisis when people were dying all around us. I moved to NYC in 1990 and connected to God’s Love. For the next four years I volunteered on the Wednesday evening shift. I was no longer writing what I thought were important articles about AIDS but I felt that I was filling a need I had to help deal with the crisis in my own tiny way.
In 1994 a good friend was dying of AIDS-related causes and my husband and I were his care buddies. He had a live-in partner, but we would step in and help. At the time my marriage was falling apart, but I stayed with my husband until John died. I felt it was my moral duty to stay at John’s side. We hosted a memorial service for John and I left soon after.