" I am Anna Beaupré Moulounda. Prior to my full-time career as an actress and comedienne, I worked in community service with immigrant women, several of whom were HIV-positive."
A person living with HIV can lead a good life, but sometimes need a helping hand.
While scientific progress allows HIV to be kept under control in medical terms, it is important to ensure that people living with HIV (PLHIV) enjoy the best possible quality of life. In that regard, Maison Plein Cœur plays an important role through various programs, notably:
- a car accompaniment program for PLHIV with reduced autonomy to respect their medical appointments and to access food banks;
- the home care intervention program, especially for mothers dealing with extreme poverty;
- the temporary supervised residence, allowing vulnerable PLHIV to regain stability in a secure environment.
Sometimes, serophobia* is worse than the virus.
" I am Barbada and I am a Drag Queen. I live and work among a number of PLHIV. Maison Plein Cœur is an important actor in the fight against their stigmatization through its programs "
- Zone +, an art therapy hub;
- the massage program, offering relaxation and a benevolent physical contact;
- the drop-in centrewhich allows for socialization and exchange. Fifty people participate weekly in activities, reducing their isolation;
- the Agorasupper program, a monthly community supper by and for PLHIV. Forty people get a nutritious meal at the end of the month, a time when several are waiting for their cheques to make ends meet.
" I am Denis-Martin Chabot, author and journalist. And I have been HIV-positive for 15 years. I invite you to contribute to Maison Plein Cœur’s annual fundraising campaign and I hope you will join me in supporting this important cause. "
Every donation counts:
- $ 50 provides a wholesome hot meal to 10 people at the Agora supper;
- $ 100 pays for coffee, milk and sugar at the drop-in centre for an entire month;
- $ 500 pays for massage oil for a full year. Around 120 PLHIV use the massage service each year;
- $ 1000 pays for 4 months of electricity at our supervised temporary residence.
Your support is crucial. Maison Plein Cœur is faced with major financial challenges, with a latest setback. The MAC Foundation, facing a major drop in revenue, is reducing its ongoing annual grant by $20,000. This is in addition to the loss of a grant nearing $100,000 from the federal government that has hit us in the last year. More than ever, your support is important. Please give generously!
*Discrimination based on the HIV-positive status of an individual