Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's HIV Services programs are a staff/ volunteer/ participant community that strive to address basic needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS in a manner consistent with the values of respect, compassion and safety.
HIV Day Center
The HIV Day Center is a drop in center for low income people living with HIV/AIDS. The Day Center provides hot breakfasts and lunches four days each week. Staff are available for counseling, information and referral, and help with problem solving. Day Center clients have access to phones, a mail drop, computers with internet access, WiFi, washer and dryer, clothing, a shower and hygiene supplies. The Day Center also provides therapeutic and recreational activities. Massage, haircuts, foot care and acupuncture are provided by volunteer practitioners.
The HIV Day Center opened in Portland in May 1990. Created in direct response to needs outlined by a coalition of healthcare providers in 1987, the Day Center was the first free-standing, community-based program of its kind in the United States.
Clients can self-refer to the Day Center; the only requirements are that they are HIV positive and have incomes below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. There are no fees for any Day Center service. Drop in hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Daily Bread Express
Established in 1992, the Daily Bread Express (DBX) program provides in-home meal delivery for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Seven nutritious meals are delivered weekly throughout the six-county Portland metro area. The only requirements to participate on the program are that meal recipients are HIV positive, have incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and have a specified medical need for home delivery of meals. Clients need to be referred by a case manager. There is no fee for this service.
$50 buys two monthly bus passes for HIV Day Center Clients.
$100 provides 27 fresh, hot lunches at the HIV Day Center.
$250 provides one month of phone and internet service at the HIV Day Center.
$500 buys groceries for one month of HIV Day Center breakfasts.
$1,000 pays one month of HIV Day Center rent.
$5,000 buys 1,340 Daily Bread Express meals.
$10,000 provides three months of counseling by a social worker/counselor.
Oregon Reminders is a free, web-based electronic reminding service where users can sign up and create customized reminders that can be sent to their phones and/or emails. Our hope is that Oregon Reminders will be used to not only remind people about taking their medications (e.g. daily medicines for HIV), but also to remind themselves to get tested every three months or so.