Learn About THRIVE SS Events
With the pilot group we noticed after 3 weeks and 100 plus members we received questions about when we would have our first meeting. We didn’t want the vibe to be stuffy and complaint driven, so we devised ways to assure that our support meetings and events where positive, upbeat and results/healing driven.
We vowed that every service we offer would be elevated and specifically geared to effectively supporting our members while honoring their humanity and worth. The logic behind this is that we wanted to create an environment that promoted a high level of discourse and open dialogue that was not only enlightening, but also felt less clinical in structure and dare I say it “FUN.”
Meetings discussing relevant topics occur on a monthly basis
Meetings occur on a monthly basis. Meetings are where we discuss relevant topics, group business and plan future engagements.
Potlucks are a lot less structured, but always involve a group engagement or activity, and are always hosted at the home of a member or Admin. It’s important, for the safety of the group, that the host does not have roommates unless they, the roommates, are members of the group. Also “MeetUps” and “Potlucks” are both closed and exclusively for members of the group. The group may decide to have more open events and engagements, but that is to be determined by the members and Admins. For potlucks members are instructed to bring one food and beverage item (alcoholic or non), and encouraged to take photographs that can be shared within the group.
Something amazing happens after that first meeting the guys have an even closer bond and connection. They go from being “Facebook friends” to being brothers. You will notice that the conversations are a lot less generic and general; also you will notice that the support is more pointed. The men become more comfortable asking and providing help and assistance. We have truly begun to embody what it means to really support one another. We begin to “take on all or part of the weight” and burdens that our brothers are experiencing. We begin to THRIVE outside of CDC funding and federal programing. We begin to save ourselves.
World AIDS Day 2017
Commemorate World AIDS Day with THRIVE SS and ViiV Healthcare for a reading from the upcoming play -
Blood Brothers. This theatrical production deals with a subject often viewed as taboo in the Same Gender Loving community, living with HIV. This work is a continuation of the works of Marlon Riggs and Essex Hemphill, as it spotlights a reality that many would rather go unseen. Join us for a timely discussion on support and healing as we recommit towards an active role in our healthcare.
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