I'm a volunteer, client, and donor @Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.). The organization provides comprehensive services to a large area in Riverside & San Bernardino counties, including medical, dental, counseling, advocacy, education, and housing. There are few organizations that match-up with respect to the quality and integrity of care offered under one roof. The staff at D.A.P. are professional, compassionate, and courteous, and my husband and I are proud to support the organization's efforts to help people with HIV/AIDS with our time, talent, and treasure. D.A.P. is a shining example of excellent non-profit care.
I do the HIV testing and counseling. Started 14 years ago just volunteering my time drawing blood for the HIV Testing Program, I progressed up in to my current position about 6 years ago. I'm a retired RN, and the time I spend Volunteering for the Desert Aids Project has kept me active and engauged in my life. I have been a volunteer since I was 10, first in the Boy Scouts, Then in College with doing STD testing for the Board of Health, I did the STD test from the mid 70's to the Mid 80's then became interested in HIV testing and Counseling. Volunteer is ALWAYS a positive experience, no matter what you are doing it HELPS!!! For your body and your soul.
I've volunteered at the DESERT AIDS PROJECT for nearly 8 years, since relocating to Palm Springs from Los Angeles. As an individual also living with long term HIV infection, I understand all to well the significance and importance of the varied social and medical services provided to those in need. Having some familiarity with similar organizations in larger urban areas (APLA in greater Los Angeles), I'm very glad to point out that the DESERT AIDS PROJECT is an exemplary, much lauded and well deserved plaudits for a non-profit of its nature. The agency has an extraordinarily well run, competent organizational structure, efficiently operated and with an outreach and advocacy programs that I have first hand witnessed to making and defining the difference between life and well-being vs sickness and mortality. Commitment, compassion and competent care seems to be the key motivation that emanates from within its' walls. I'm honored to be associated with it and feel a great deal of satisfaction and fulfillment to be part of "giving back to the community" which it so brilliantly serves.
The Desert Aids Project is so impressive. It should serve as a model for disease related non-profits the world over. DAP is a one stop shop where people at risk for contacting HIV/AIDS are offered education, testing, healthcare, prescription drugs, even housing and food and a variety of counseling services. I'd never seen or heard of anything like it until I took the tour. I enthusiastically recommend the tour to so many people.
I've been volunteering at DAP for nearly a decade. They provide incredible care to people with HIV/AIDS in the Palm Springs area. Their staff and volunteers are dedicated and sincere. I always think about what would happen to the people I love if it wasn't for DAP and it makes me all the more grateful for this organization
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