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What is AIDS
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the final stage of an infection caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). It is an illness that impairs the body's ability to fight Infection, making the body extremely susceptible to life threatening disease. There is no cure for HIV or AIDS, and anyone can become infected.

Mission
The AIDS Circle of Hope of North Central Texas is a community of people who desire to:

  • Provide assistance to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Enable persons living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones to experience the care and compassion of God through the community of faith and to maintain their dignity and fullness of life.
  • Be advocates on behalf of those infected by HIV/AIDS to the community at large.
  • Raise public awareness and develop community resources and support for HIV infected persons, their families and persons at risk.

Services provided by Circle of Hope
Since autumn of 1993, the AIDS Circle of Hope has become an ecumenical ministry of persons seeking to serve their neighbors infected and affected with HIV/AIDS.  In identifying and implementing necessary services, each participant is asked to consider, not, "Who around me is worthy to be my neighbor?" but, rather, "Am I being a worthy neighbor to those around me?"  As a result, the following services are provided by the AIDS Circle of Hope.

  • Food Pantry:  Provides supplemental food to assist HIV infected persons in
    meeting their nutritional needs.
  • Transportation: provides public transportation passes so that clients are able to reach the food
    pantry & medical appointments.
  • Medical Assistance: Provides prescription medication assistance in accordance
    with AIDS  Circle of Hope Guidelines.
  • Other Assistance: Provides, on a case by case basis, occasional help with utility
    and/or rent deposits for our clients.
  • Legal Referrals

Non-Profit Status
The AIDS Circle of Hope of North Central Texas is a non-profit organization according to the guidelines of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Goals Statement:
In its journey to be a neighbor, the Circle of Hope is seeking to fulfill the following goals:
  • To increase public education about HIV through the World AIDS Day program
  • Maintain a facility to house the food pantry & other services in a central location.
  • Expand the donation base to increase services in all areas.
  • Obtain grants to provide community-based education and intervention programs.
  • Continue to provide services to clients in Wichita County and the ten surrounding counties.

Additional Information about HIV & AIDS
Wichita Falls/Wichita County Public Health District:  940-761-7898
Texas AIDS Line: 1-800-299-AIDS
National AIDS Hot Line: 1-800-342-AIDS
National AIDS Information Clearinghouse: 1-800-458-5231

Consider a Gift to the Circle of Hope
Your gift can provide our clients with needed services, such as supplemental food, hygiene items, transportation, and prescriptions. If you choose, we can send a card to the beneficiary or family to inform them of your gift, while keeping the amount in confidence. A gift can be given in the name, honor, or memory of a person, or to commemorate a special event. Donor envelopes are available from our office or can be sent to you upon request, by calling the Circle of Hope at 940-689-9559 or write to us at PO Box 1963, Wichita Falls, Texas 76307.

You Can Make a Difference
If you are interested in being a volunteer, a board member, helping in the food pantry, or in any other way, please contact us.



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