I was diagnosed with HIV 12 years ago. Last year, I met a Case Management Liaison in Lake County who encouraged me to engage in Catholic Charities services. I was surprised and very interested when I heard about the services. At the time, I was having a difficult time coping with my situation and was most interested in the possibility of receiving assistance with transportation to and from medical appointments and attending group and individual counseling.
I have been with Catholic Charities for about a year. During this time, I have utilized Catholic Charities transportation services to attend medical appointments and utilized the counseling services to make progress towards my educational goals. I have even worked on developing coping skills and asking for support when needed. Despite my losses in the past, now that I have a support system, I cannot imagine my life without the people from Catholic Charities.