The Mission of the Life Foundation of Hawaii is to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS. To empower those affected by HIV/AIDS and maximize their quality of life. To provide leadership and advocacy in responding to the AIDS epidemic. To apply the skills and lessons learned from the AIDS epidemic to other related areas of public health or concern. The Life Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV and to assisting people who are living with HIV and AIDS. Since opening its doors as Hawaii's first AIDS case management, school based AIDS education, the sterile needle exchange, peer support for positives, treatment education and peer to peer HIV prevention outreach.
Today , the Life Foundation works with nearly 700 HIV-positive men, women, children and transgenders to insure they are receiving proper medical, financial, and emotional support. Life Foundation also offers HIV testing and counseling. All services are free and confidential. Visit the Life Foundation of Hawaii website at www.lifefoundationhawaii.org.
The Hawai'i LGBT Legacy Foundation is committed to a legacy of hope, equality and unity. We support, empower, educate, unify and facilitate LGBT organizations and individuals in Hawaii. The vision of Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation is a more healthy and compassionate environment for all. Some of the many projects that the Legacy Foundation does include the Honolulu Pride (TM) Parade and Festival, Hawaii Island Pride, and the LGBT Center in Waikiki. Visit the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation website at www.HawaiiLGBTLegacyFoundation.com.
PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. It is further the Mission of PFLAG that by meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision through: Support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ; Education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ; Advocacy in our communities to changes attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ. Visit the PFLAG Kona Big Island website at www.pflagkonabigisland.org.
The Hawaii LGBT Community like anywhere else in the United States has its various charity organizations that focus on or impact our local Hawaii Gay and Lesbian Community in many ways. Without these charities and programs many would lack the services needed. Please see our list and support these charities whenever possible.
The Mission Statement of the Gregory House is to provide affordable housing assistance and support services to persons living with HIV/AIDS in Hawaii. Gregory House Programs is a 501c-3 nonprofit agency. It was founded in 1988 as Ho'omana'olana after a few dedicated and concerned citizens, including Michael Burnett (the first Executive Director), successfully lobbied State Legislature for funds to start up an AIDS housing program. Around the same time, Richard Smart, owner of Parker Ranch on Hawaii Island, purchased a small apartment complex and named it Gregory House in memory of Charles Gregory (portrait), an artist and Mr. Smart's d ear friend, who died of AIDS complications in 1985. Gregory House took in the first resident in December 1988. In 1989, the agency implemented emergency housing and subsidy programs to meet statewide housing needs. In the early 1990s, demand for services increased and working with other community players, the agency helped draft applications to bring new federal funds to the State. In 2012, we added Save the FoodBasket Program (food and nutrition) from a successful merger. Stable, permanent housing is essential to long term survival with HIV. Without housing, it is difficult for PLWH to access continuous primary medical care, adhere to a medications regimen, maintain proper nutrition, and access other support. Studies show that housing for PLWH reduces morbidity rates, improves health outcomes, extends life expectancy, and reduces legal issues (citations, jail, court proceedings) and usage of emergency services (ambulance, ER care, crisis intervention). Furthermore, housing reduces new HIV infections as housed PLWH are less likely to engage in risky behaviors than on the streets. (Source: Fact Sheets and Policy Papers) PLWH and their families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless with very-low incomes and limited resources. In fact, over 92% have extremely-low incomes. Imagine a mother and child with $1700 income and benefits paying for housing, utilities, food, school and living costs. It is the Vision Statement of Gregory House that Persons living with HIV/AIDS in Hawaii have safe and stable housing with aceess to supportive services they need to lead satisfying lives with dignity. Visit the Gregory House Programs website at www.gregoryhouse.org.
The Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation was founded in 1997 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to educate and raise awareness of the community-at-large about gay & lesbian culture, arts, and HGLCF presents the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival annually in honor of Hawaii LGBT pioneer Adam Baran. Visit the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation and Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival Website at www.HGLCF.org.