RAIN, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, was founded in 1992 to engage the faith community by addressing challenges presented with HIV/AIDS. The focus of RAIN has since shifted from caring for those dying of AIDS to providing compassionate care for those living with HIV/AIDS, this is largely due to such great advances in medicine.
RAIN offers several programs to those seeking assistance. The EPY Project, Empowering Positive Youth, is one which serves adolescents in the surrounding communities by psycho-social services, education, outreach and leadership training, EPY enhances equality for HIV positive youth. Other programs that are available include Care Teams, advocacy, minority outreach, education and the Trinity Project.
On Saturday, May 4th RAIN is hosting the 17th annual AIDS WALK Charlotte! People come and walk in memory of those who have passed, as an advocate for those affected with HIV and to CELEBRATE the life of those that are still going through their journey.
AIDS WALK Charlotte is the largest HIV/AIDS awareness event in the Carolinas. It’s an easy, fun two mile walk through Charlotte’s historic Fourth Ward and serves as a visual representation of our commitment to and compassion for ALL those impacted.
Learn more about Joni and Friends and the YMCA Miracle League here.
And thank you to the extraordinary Joni Eareckson Tada and Christian Reites for inspiring us to remember there are no ordinary people, and that every day we have an opportunity to encourage people along their journey towards all God created them to be.
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – These are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
We are grateful for an opportunity to welcome Joni and Friends to our list of strategic outreach partners.
Thanks to your generosity during Banner Years, we gave JAF a check for $40k to bless the work of this ministry that blesses neighbors with disabilities in Charlotte and beyond.
If you saw this weekend’s 5b4 and are wondering how you can get involved, check out their webpage to learn more about the upcoming family retreat at Bonclarken this August. You can sign up as a guest, or as a short term missions volunteer.
Dave McGuirk. is our volunteer liaison to JAF and he can answer further questions. As always, you can reach an Elevation Volunteer liaison to any of our outreach partners by emailing us at Elevation Outreach.
YMCA’s Miracle League is going on now. Here’s the schedule if you’d like to check it out. Our team is led by our Elevation University volunteers. Find out more at the University location orange tent or check in with eKidz director Barbara Urch.
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