Tuesday, October 20, 2009
According to a 2008 Center for Disease Control report, Philadelphia had an HIV infection rate that was 50% higher than that of New York, and 5 times the national average. The Calcutta House located on 16th and Girard, provides housing and support for people living with Aids in Philadelphia. It is an organization that has existed as a non-profit for over 20 years now. Upon stopping by and chatting with some workers over the weekend, we found that the city budget impasse really impacted the way that they operated.
Preston Barnette is the head chef at Calcutta and works directly with the residents on a daily basis. He discussed shortages on supplies in the kitchen and other areas of the residence. To make due without city funding The Calcutta House tried a number of successful fundraisers.
On Sunday we attended the Aids Walk. It is a 12 km walk in the Art Museum area. The weather was awful, cold and windy. Though the number of participants in the walk has decreased over the past few years, there was still a good turn out.
The Calcutta house had 6 registered walkers as well as residents that participated. They raised $1,300.00 internally. An overall amount of $350,000 dollars was raised for Philadelphia Aids Organizations, and the Calcutta House hopes to receive a portion of those funds.
Jeff Craven and Leeann Hamilton, Group 16, North Central Philadelphia
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