It would be a great organization if not for the ED. She is an abusive narcissist who makes the environment chronically hostile.
The staff is professional, yet passionate about the care they provide. They go out of their way to provide the optimum in care and the respect shown for each client is extra special. The director works hard to bring every opportunity to the agency for growth in a positive direction. The board has grown and developed into a true working partnership. I cannot say enough about the leadership and services provided at Careteam.
Sixteen years ago I was diagnosed with HIV. Four years later. It was suggested that I get my affairs in order. My numbers were declining while my viral load was increasing. I thought I was going to die soon. Paying for my meds each month for four years was rapidly depleting any savings I had acquired,. My health was failing and my savings were almost gone . I called every government ageny, federal and state, asking where I might buy insurance to cover my medical bills and medications. I was not looking for a handout. I was on a wild goose chase. Every call I made asking to buy insurance was met with "I'm sorry". Then someone suggested I contact CareTeam. I had never heard of CareTeam and I was desperate. I made the call and spoke with a fine young lady who after hearing my story and asking me a few question suggested I come to thier office and speak with them about thier programs and what they were all about. I will say only this. "I walked into that office with a very dark cloud hanging over me, but walked out with the sun shining brightly all about me." I met the kindest most compassionate people who were not afraid to touch me or hug me. They told me to go home and stop worrying about my meds. Everything will be all right Careteam saw to all my medical needs with wonderful doctors, a staff that truly cared about my health and progress. To this day I thank the good Lord for allowing me to find this most wonderful and caring organization whose only goal is to help people in need. If I never believed in angels, I do now. Because of the care I recieved from CareTeam and it's staff I am healthy and continue to be virally undetectable. Thank you to a truly caring organization, CareTeam. Angels really do exist.
Careteam is a wonderful organization. it's mission is to empower the community to stop the spread of HIV through prevention, education, treatment, and support. The staff at Careteam has devoted their careers to this goal. They provide compassionate and comprehensive care to the folks in our community who have a dire need; a life sustaining need. The clients often have nowhere else to turn, but that doesn't stop Carteam from growing, improving, and keeping up with the latest in treatment, policy, politics, and community support and services.
I have been involved with Careteam since its inception, including helping to write the initial grant application almost 20 years ago. I was also one of the first volunteer drivers to get clients to their doctor appointments, as well as one of the members of the first board, and past-chairman of the Horry County AIDS Consortium, which pre-dated Careteam, Inc. Over the years it has accepted the challenges related to getting its clients the best care and drugs available. It has taken the work of a great number of volunteers and staff to be able to meet all of the challenges presented to Careteam, and has worked with all people affected by this disease--all genders, all races and all sexual orientations, without exception. Although many of its original clients and volunteers have passed on, Careteam has continued to grow and expand its programs and presence in the Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg Counties, despite all of the misinformation and fear that it faced, especially in its early years. It still continues to be a well-run organization that has only gotten better throughout its years on the Grand Strand.
Our area is so fortunate to have Careteam to meet the needs of people who are HIV positive and have related needs. In our society, too often, AIDS is seen as a single population problem brought on by the actions of the afflicted persons. This is simply not true. Careteam provides HIV speciality medical care, medical labs required for care, mental health and substance abuse counseling, oral health care, case management, transportation to medical appointments, emergency assistance with housing, support groups for clients, families, and friends and free and confidential counseling and testing. These services are provided to persons needing such services regardless of their ability to pay. The staff is outstanding and caring. They respect the needs and privacy of their clients and families.