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May 31, 2010

Jerry was born on February 24, 1974 to an unwed mother. She was sixteen and had a family who loved them both and supported them in all ways possible. Through middle-school and high-school Jerry always had a job, delivering newspapers, working at a local restaurant and rouging seed corn in the summer. He has a great work ethic. Jerry’s love for people has shown thru his many friends and mission trips. Graduating high-school and college brought him to live and work in Minneapolis, MN. He has been there for many people, from mentoring to underprivileged children to inviting a homeless man into his home for a meal. On April 14, 2004 Jerry was diagnosed with HIV. Instead of crumbling into despair, fear and even death, Jerry chose life. Through education on HIV/Aids around the world and encouragement from many supporters, the Hughes Foundation was born. Jerry’s love for all people and his strong faith has made it possible. The Hughes Foundation is about hope, healing, prevention and life. Hope for many people with HIV/AIDS who otherwise would live or die in despair. Healing of the spirit with words of encouragement and unconditional love. Prevention through education on the facts about HIV/AIDS. And the most important, life, that even one life on this earth is worthy of living a happy, healthy and productive life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being there from the beginning through donations and seeing the results of the many people finding hope, healing, education and most important of all, that there is life and unconditional love.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 21, 2010

I have had a chance to get to know Jerry Hughes on a personal level, and I am honored to call him my friend. He truly walks the walk, and talks the talk. He has poured his heart and soul into the Hughes Foundation, and the people he has come into touch with would echo the same!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hearing the testimonials of the lives Jerry has touched.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 18, 2010

I have followed Hughes Foundation since its inception and have been amazed to see Jerry channel his genuine love for people to bring hope to those affected by HIV/AIDS. Since the beginning, Jerry and the Hughes Foundation team have boldly pushed the bounds of what is possible, forming lasting partnerships with community and government leaders from India, Namibia, and the US. The foundation has grown immensely, and it continues to affect large-scale change while also remained focused on individual and community healing. I have been glad to support Hughes Foundation financially for 3 years because I believe in Jerry's humble leadership and bold vision. I am honored to support an evolving organization that shares hope with the world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing stories of people who decided to live because they spoke with Jerry.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

consistent updates about the progress and needs of the organization.

Ways to make it better...

there were opportunities to more actively volunteer my time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 17, 2010

I met Jerry many years ago and found a man who really understands what it takes to make a difference in the world (especially when things do not make sense), a new found energy, a desire to take the focus off myself and to work together with him so that I/we may help others in need. His passion and commitment is so strong that one can not help but be swept up by it. His story is one that really puts it all in proper perspective as well. It not only touches those who are infected, but allows those who are not, a better understanding of what it is all about, what it is like to deal with every day and so much more. The Hughes Foundation is an excellent tool that helps all this to come together. So, I joined as a board member to really put things in motion and boy, did we put things in motion!!! We were able to solidify many different camps for a variety of different individuals and their needs. Ones that normally would have been cast aside and forgotten. Most not knowing that others cared and could help. Those who were left out on the streets with no where to go, no hope, no sense of belonging and some that felt they had no reason to go on living. To save one life with giving them hope was a true testiment to one type of success. To be able to provide education on prevention, how to deal with it, giving them a place to go, belong are all other types of success. Yet, Jerry is only one man and needs a lot of assistance from volunteers, board members, sponsors, grants and individual donations. It is with these additional tools that the Hughes Foundation can continue to make differences all around the world and here too in the USA. One of the most common questions we received, was what can I do to help. The best response I could give, was please donate now so that the Hughes Foundation can continue to make a difference, open up other tools that it is trying to bring to life to help those in need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the results of this organization first hand by being a board member. We have many testimonies of individuals who were ready to end their lives until they heard Jerry's voice, his message and how he deals with it on a daily basis.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I did run this organization for quite some time and think that they board they have now can do an even better job and accomplish much more. This is due to being established more, having a proven track record and being able to open many more doors.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

What I enjoyed most is the ability to get my focus off of myself and onto others. To be able to find a vehicle to help others, make a difference right now and directly. Where one typcially had to wonder how much was going to cause, here it is a HUGE %.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nutritional experts, medical experts, Non-Profit organization running experts, marketing talent and a whole lot more.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Really make a difference!! The educational DVD to help those that we did not have the funds/time to go & visit, use as follow up training materials once we had. Plus more/diff. camps, schools, orpahanages, medical testing etc.

Ways to make it better...

The only thing I can say to make my experience better, was to be able to have raised more funds for more of the programs that we wanted to use. Everything takes time and we simply had to keep pushing some out till we could/can start them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money. As I have stated earlier, they have many great ideas for tools, but lack some critical funds. The private sector was the main focus, but now having some great marketing tools, I see the grants, corporate sponsorships to be a much mroe open areana

One thing I'd also say is that...

If you are looking for a great cause to put forth your time, energy and moneys, this is it!! You'll know that what you are putting it towards is directly benefitting those in need. So, give kindly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 14, 2010

I met Jerry several months ago and upon meeting him I knew there was something special about him. He shared his story with me, his work with the foundation, and his passion and compassion for ministering to people affected by HIV/AIDS. As I was listening to him I knew this was his mission and purpose in life and I absolutley wanted to be involved in any way I could be. I have been volunteering with him for several months and have been awe-struck at the impact that he and his Foundation has had on the lives of others. Point blank, Jerry and this Foundation are saving lives and giving people hope---in a time where our world desperately needs it. Jerry courageously walks, loves and ministers to people and places where others are afraid to go. His steadfast faith and determination to help others inspires me and encourages me daily to live a life without fear and to give back to others in need. I'm so proud to be a part of something that is so much bigger than me.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the testimonies of people whose lives have been changed or impacted. People decide to LIVE after they hear Jerry's story and experience the blessings from his outreach programs

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

feel like my life was making a real difference in the world.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working and learning from Jerry--how he loves without regard to race, sexuality, gender, economic status, past mistakes, etc.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, worldly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of AIDS/HIV and save millions of lives around the globe

Ways to make it better...

the foundation had more doners and people willing to financially support such a great cause. We could do so much more if we had the money....

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love the work this Foundation does and how people are truly changed when they experience the programs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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