Monthly Musings from THP's Executive Director



"I'm not out of the desert yet, but I feel like I'm near an oasis."

~ A new THP client speaking about his recent experiences at Higher Ground


We're often called upon by our funders to provide client "success" stories in addition to outcome measurements associated with our various grants. We never lack for stories at THP but it was recently brought to my attention by one of our Case Managers that we always share these stories from the perspective of our clients. She suggested to me that clinicians sometimes forget what it must feel like to be in the "other seat."


Sometimes executive directors are guilty about not thinking about the other seat, too. I've been ardently working on our upcoming milestone 25th Dining for Friends. Our Development team is busy recruiting party hosts and business sponsors and coordinating the 1,001 details that go into orchestrating such a large special event. We are focused on doing everything possible to make sure that we make our financial goal for the event.


Don't get me wrong - making the Dining for Friends goal each year is absolutely critical to our capacity to sustain services to our clients but Dining for Friends is the destination each year - not the journey and reading some of our recent success stories has helped to clarify my vision.


Addison Ore, 
Executive Director

I look forward to seeing many of you at various DFF parties in the coming weeks and I hope to see a huge crowd on May 17th at the Grand Dessert Finale. But as we enjoy the fun and fellowship of these parties, I also hope you will join me in taking some quiet time to remember the other seat.


As always, thank you for helping us set the table this time every year for those living with HIV/AIDS in our community.


Yours in the journey,


The 25th Annual Dining for Friends - Unforgettable!
This spring, hundreds of hosts from around the Triad will welcome their friends for a party/ event in exchange for a donation to Triad Health Project.

It's time to start planning your Dining for Friends Party. Whether this is your first time hosting or your 25th, you will definitely want to be a part of this historic milestone! Click here to register your party online.

We'll be kicking things off an hour earlier at 8 p.m. at the Terrace at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex with an evening that will be unforgettable. Join us for delicious desserts from all of the best restaurants, cafes, bakeries and caterers in the Triad. This year, we'll be dancing the night away to the music stylings of the hit band Sol Fusion!

It will be an Unforgettable night of celebration and commemoration, honoring the many lives touched by HIV/AIDS, and celebrating the gift of community standing together to keep Triad Health Project's legacy of compassionate care strong - for as long as it takes.

Cooking with Ninevah
Everyone knows someone who is on a special diet. Often, it is quite a challenge to create dishes that meet dietary requirements...but still appeal to the taste buds. I created this dessert to provide dessert for a friend who is on a diet that limits gluten and refined sugar. Try it....and I guarantee you'll be surprised at the wonderful texture and flavor...and I'll bet you will find yourself preparing it for folks on "regular diets" too!

Apple Cranberry Crumble 
Serves 6

Fruit Filling: 
- 3 large Granny Smith apples, washed, peeled, quartered and cut into thin slices 
- cup dried cranberries  
- 3 Tablespoons raw honey 
- teaspoons cinnamon 
- cup orange juice  
- 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal (not quick cook oatmeal) 
- cup almond meal 
- cup maple sugar (can substitute cup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar) 
- teaspoon cinnamon 
- 3 Tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter cut into small pieces

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
2) Mix the apple slices, dried cranberries, honey, cinnamon and orange juice in a large bowl and then spoon this mixture into a 8 x 8 inch baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray.  
3) After removing the apple mixture, add the oatmeal, almond meal, maple sugar, and cinnamon to the large bowl. Distribute the small pieces of butter throughout the oatmeal mixture  
and use a pastry blender or fork to mix the butter with the dry ingredients.  
4) Using your hands, sprinkle the oatmeal/butter topping evenly over the apple/cranberry mixture in the baking dish.  
5) Put the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes or until the apple mixture is bubbling and the oatmeal topping is golden brown. 
6) Remove the baked crumble from the oven and allow to cool approximately 10 minutes before serving with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. 
Note: I place a cookie sheet under the crumble in the oven to prevent the fruit mixture from bubbling over onto the oven rack as it bakes.

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Chiming for Friends
Five years ago, All Saints Episcopal Church, a small parish located in Sedgefield, decided to host its first Dining for Friends Party calling it Dining with Saintly Friends. The premise was a simple BBQ on the church lawn with live music and endless tables of desserts provided by church members. 

It seems to be a recipe for success, because in four years Dining with Saintly Friends has raised over $32,000 to support THP. The party has grown every year and has become a community party in the true sense of the word. 
This party has the secret weapon of a band of "church ladies" (and a bunch of church guys, too) who create a crafty item to sell at the party each year to help boost support of THP. Wind chimes made of flatware and origami lights have been part of the fare in past years and this year's party will feature 75 beautiful wind chimes made out of recycled wine and beer bottles in addition to over 250 votive candles.

"By hanging the chimes in the trees on the lawn, we get people to look up and start conversations with someone they might not know," says Sue Mercier, long time All Saints member and the organizer of this year's Operation Chimes.

Dining with Saintly Friends has become one of the largest DFF parties and continues to bring all sorts of folks together to support THP in fun and glorious ways.

Registration is open online or contact Shana Carignan for more information about hosting a party.
Mark's Mentions
The Episcopalians come in, then a few Baptists, one Jew. The straight white guy jokes about discrimination from a full sofa but he isn't clear if the injustice is due to his orientation or skin color. A banker, a priest, two crack addicts and a homemaker join the thief for dessert, and in the kitchen three Presbyterians take turns hugging an amputee. Catholics, Buddhists, transgenders, a Republican conservationist, a fundamentalist Democrat, a young girl with AIDS all listen as the alcoholic says the noonday prayer. 
Mark Cassity,
Director of Higher Ground

This is only the view from just outside Higher Ground -- because somehow these labels don't make it through the front door. It doesn't take long for even "client" and volunteer" to become superfluous tags. I think of the message on THP's meeting-room wall: "WE will stand together until HIV/AIDS is no more...." There is no "them." 

Congratulations to the United Way of Greater High Point for exceeding their campaign goal and raising $4,860,000! 
We are a proud Partner Agency with the United Way of Greater High Point which depends on donors like you to support organizations like us. Thank you!

Spring Cleaning
We have seen an increase in folks coming to THP for testing recently. Factors for this increase could be many: Our recent radio ad, word of mouth, and repeat clients. Bad weather forced us to cancel testing twice in March, so it could be that those who tried to test earlier are coming back when the roads clear. 
Whatever the factors, we are grateful that so many seek testing at THP, many for the first time. Knowing your status and taking care of your sexual health is recommended at least twice a year. I like to think of it as "Spring Cleaning". 
Kevin Varner, Director of Prevention and Education
Cold, snowy weather kept many of us cooped up for the darker months of winter, and as we pack away the sweaters and open up the curtains to let the sun back in, many of us dust and refresh our homes. It's a great time to do some spring cleaning within: to take a look at how well we've honored and cared for our sexual health and the health of our partners. Is it time to test for HIV and STIs again? Stop in for some fresh, new and fun condoms and safer sex supplies as you enter into Spring. THP tests every Monday from 5 to 7pm.


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