Last year, two local non-profits coyly glanced at one another from across a smoky bar and decided they were destined to be a couple…OK, not really; they’re both a wee bit too clean cut to be hanging out in trashy speakeasies, (also, the whole “you can’t smoke in a bar” thing) but the merger of the two AIDS/HIV service organizations was a big deal. And, just WHO are Rosehedge and Multifaith Works? And, why did they merge to become that long mouthful of a name (and annoying to type repeatedly) “Rosehedge/Multifaith Works”?
Rosehedge provides Enhanced Assisted Living for people living with HIV/AIDS by providing around-the-clock nursing care for each resident, all meals and supportive services.
Multifaith Works provides housing and support to those living with HIV/AIDS through their Transitional Housing Program and two emotional support programs: CareTeams and Shanti. Both agencies serve one of the most vulnerable populations: men and women who are homeless, or on the verge of homelessness and are living with HIV/AIDS.
Well, that does make sense…it’s a platonic thing based on combining forces to offer a unified service to those living with HIV/AIDS and in the process, save money by consolidating the back-end operating expenses. It was a smart move in a tough economic climate.
And, the fine folks at Rosehedge/Multifaith Works do understand they have a branding issue…one, that’s a damn long mouthful of a name, and, two, only a handful of people know who they are…it’s tough to get the support of a community (and donations and volunteers) when no one knows who you are, or what you do.
Rosehedge/Multifaith Works will probably eventually have a new (better) name…hopefully not “Rosefaith” or “Multihedge”, but in the meanwhile they hope to increase their visibility in the community by hosting a series of small, and not so small, events, and to focus attention on the “HIV30” project to bring awareness to the need to continue the battle to find a cure for HIV/AIDS and prevent new infections. Things kick off tonight with a Happy Hour/Wine Tasting event at “Picnic” in North Seattle and continues for the rest of the month with various events all over the city. Check out the list:
November 3, 5:30PM-7:30PM PICNIC 6801 Greenwood Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103 Happy hour event and wine tasting November 4, 7:30PM MIRO TEA 5405 Ballard Avenue Northwest Seattle, WA 98107-4052 Music performance and party November 11, 6PM GREEN BEAN COFFEE 8533 Greenwood Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103 Art Walk featuring art from RH/MFW friends November 11, 7PM-9PM SIMPLICITY DECOR 126 Park Lane Kirkland, WA 98033 Shopping event November 15, 4:30PM-6:30PM UNITY ON UNION BOOKSTORE 2420 East Union Street Seattle WA 98122 Tea tasting November 16th PURR COCKTAIL LOUNGE 1518 11th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122-3904 Red Party November 18, 5PM-7PM WHOLE FOOD at INTERBAY 2001 15th Avenue West Seattle, WA 98119 Happy Hour Seafood event
And, the big variety of events, mean there is something for everyone including several NOT taking place in bars and involving liquor…we know it’s difficult sometimes for folks who can’t/don’t drink to become involved with the community; so many events revolve around bars/booze. Here’s an opportunity for the tee-totalers to enjoy some tea.
And, don’t forget to check out one (or more) of Rosehedge/Multifaith’s events in November…newlywed couples need support!