Op-Ed

Home for HIV/AIDS patients

Sign marks the corner of the Sean Humphrey House lot.
Sign marks the corner of the Sean Humphrey House lot. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Sean Humphrey House was established in 1995 and had about 100 volunteers in 2015.

Purpose: Sean Humphrey House, a nonprofit adult family home provides safe housing and 24-hour personal care services to low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS, who often suffer from other diseases, disabilities and forms of mental illness. A wide variety of services are offered for residents, including medical supervision, rehabilitation, life-style training to mitigate the effects of the disease and recreational activities. The aim is to foster good physical health, as well as the feelings of confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of security within the residents.

The dedicated board of directors, volunteers, nursing assistants, donors, community members and staff support the mission every day.

Volunteer highlights: Sean Humphrey House is fortunate to have a phenomenal team of volunteers that are dedicated, committed individuals. Volunteers are engaged in a wide array of activities that range from group projects, college interns, dinner volunteers, dog walkers, gardeners/landscapers, resident outings, office work, special events, outreach and even maintaining the fish tank.

Signature fundraiser: Sean Humphrey House is hosting its 9th annual Cinco de Mayo fundraising event, a Mexican-themed fiesta featuring a traditional dinner, intriguing silent and live auctions, fun raffles and interactive activities. This year’s event will be held May 7 at Four Points by Sheraton. All proceeds directly benefit the residents at Sean Humphrey House. Reservations: $50 per person/$400 for a table of 8. Sponsorships available. Contact Jeanette Campagna, 360-733-0176 or jeanette@seanhumphreyhouse.org.

Wish List: New kitchen cookware (pots and pans), small conference table with chairs for 6, small storage shed, spring outdoor planters with flowers, new kitchen flooring, tickets to movies, museums, theaters, etc., Cinco sponsorships, cash donations.

Current volunteer needs: We would love to have more dinner volunteers, no experience necessary. Shift is 4-6 p.m. Easy, down-home family recipes. Caregivers are available to provide assistance. Sean Humphrey House application required with completed background check, food handlers permit and 2-step TB test.

For more information, go online to SeanHumphreyHouse.org.

VOLUNTEER MONTH

April is National Volunteer Month and The Bellingham Herald has partnered with the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County to highlight local non-profit agencies that offer opportunities to become involved in our community. For more information online about the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County, go to whatcomvolunteer.org.

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