Message to Community Partners, Funders and Clients
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Voices of Positive Women I am writing to notify you that effective today, June 21st 2010, Voices of Positive Women will be closing. All staffing positions have been terminated and all programs and services that were provided by VOPW have ended.
Many of you may recall that I wrote to you this past March to ask for your assistance in participating in an independent Organizational Review. This Review was requested by the AIDS Bureau, our largest and most important funder and fully supported by the Board of Directors.
The findings of that review were shared with our Board of Directors in late May 2010 and we were advised by the AIDS Bureau that a decision had been made to stop funding Voices of Positive Women effective August 31, 2010.
Please know that this has not been an easy decision to make. Our Board of Directors has spent many hours discussing the AIDS Bureau decision and assessing the future viability of our organization without these funds. In the end we concluded that our organization was not sustainable.
To assist clients with this transition in services the following arrangements have been made: two staff persons from the Teresa Group will be available to help with individual assessment and referrals to appropriate service providers until the end of September 30, 2010. The number to call is: 416-596-7703. Collect calls will be accepted from individuals outside the GTA. Alternatively, clients can call the AIDS Hotline at 1-800-668-2437 (English, French and 16 other languages) or 416-392-2437 (local calls). Clients can also access www.ASO411.ca to locate the services closest to the area in which they live.
This is a difficult time for all of us; it is filled with sadness and loss. As a woman that has accessed services from VOPW, I can understand your personal sense of loss but also believe that this is the best decision for our clients, our community and women with HIV.
We will be planning a celebration of Voices of Positive Women’s accomplishments in the coming weeks. This organization has a proud and significant history and it is important that we have an opportunity to share our memories and stories together. We will be inviting clients, community partners and other stakeholders and hope you will join us.
You should also know that the AIDS Bureau has committed to protecting the current level of funding provided to Voices for future programs and services for HIV+ women. An advisory committee will be created to undertake planning regarding this shortly.
In closing, everyone at VOPW and the AIDS Bureau is saddened with this news. BUT, with the evolution of the advisory committee it is also a time for hope and reflection.
If you would like more information please do not hesitate to access our website at www.vopw.org or while the office remains open 416-324-8703.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Voices of Positive Women,
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