Catching up with the Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry

By Dan Wakefield, Director

Dan Wakefield, director of our HIV/AIDS Ministry, and Linda Titus, director of its children’s program.

The Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry has continued to provide services for the men, women, and children in our area who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Our ministry has started providing tele-health services for clients at our clinic, we began a virtual tutoring and counseling program with our children’s program, and we have continued to provide food and other necessities for those in need.

Each month, we have been one of the beneficiaries of Ed Muransky’s and the United Way’s Satur-Day of Caring, which distributes essential groceries to the home-bound in our ministry.

We continue to honor our long-standing tradition of our Café event in Canfield. However, now we provide a drive-thru for the people we serve, so that, with social distancing, they still can obtain nutritious food to help with their family’s meals.

We’ve partnered with local restaurants to also include a take home meal for people each month. We hope someday to be able to return to offering the social support group component of this monthly event.

Lastly, our ministry is working hard to obtain donations to ensure we are able to provide our families with holiday meals this year. We have been so fortunate over the years with help from volunteers and friends of the ministry, and it means so much to those who would not have the means for a turkey or a ham to be able to sit as a family and enjoy their holiday meal.

Any donations of food, or grocery gift cards would be appreciated. If you’re interested in helping our families in this way, please call me at 330-793-0434.