Monthly Musings from THP's Executive Director  
 

"I hate camping, but I love summer camp." ~ Zoey Deschanel


 

My summer camp days are long behind me but I am really looking forward to this weekend and the 23rd Annual HIV/AIDS Retreat at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. This amazing event is sponsored by The Province IV Network of AIDS Ministries of the Episcopal Church.

 

I'll be joining about 275 other pilgrims from across the Southeast in a spirit-filled weekend of hope, music and rejuvenation. Triad Health Project will, as usual, be well presented with almost 40 clients, staff, and volunteers.

 

You have to climb a pretty big mountain to get to Kanuga - literally and figuratively. For some THP clients, this weekend is their one trip out of town each year. It is a rare 48 hour experience of "radical hospitality" where everyone is equal regardless of HIV status, color, creed, or sexual orientation.

 

Addison Ore, 
Executive Director

We never climb mountains alone at THP and the generous support of several donors and the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina make this remarkable journey possible.

 

The theme of this year's retreat is "Love, Unrestrained" as we step beyond the constraints of our regular lives and dare to speak our truth above the noise of fear and injustice.

 

As with everything we do, you are with us in this journey and we offer you gratitude, unrestrained.

 

Blessings,

 

   

Thank You for Making DFF Unforgettable!
From all of the staff at THP, thank you for making DFF Unforgettable!
 
 
This year's 25th Annual Dining for Friends was historic in so many ways. It truly was 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. 
 
There were cheesecakes and cupcakes, words of hope and love shared on a wall, a curtain of lights, photos to last a lifetime, and a true celebration of community.  We would like to express our thanks to everyone who supported the 25th Annual Dining for Friends by hosting a party, attending a party, making a personal contribution, inviting your friends, and caring about the thousands infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in our community.
 
If you were unable to show your financial support to this year's DFF, it's still not too late. We are very close to our goal of $117K and have two Dining for Friends parties later this month, but more is more is always a good thing at THP. Please mail your check to THP, PO Box 5716, Greensboro, NC 27435 or donate

Did you get your picture taken at the DFF Photo Booth? Check out the pictures here, available for free to download, thanks to Shelli Craig Photography!
 
 
 
 
 
 We would  like to thank our Presenting Sponsor, Replacements, Ltd. and our Signature Dessert Sponsor, Cheesecakes by Alex! Click here to view our other amazing sponsors!
 
Cooking with Ninevah
Soon there will be fresh fruit in abundance at your local farmers' market.  Peaches, blue berries, black berries and many other softer fruits are wonderful featured solo, or in combination,  to mix flavors and textures...and then tucked beneath a blanket of sweet, buttery crust.  This recipe features peaches, but it can be used with any combination of fruits. After you make it once...I guarantee that it will be become a summer favorite!

Easy to Make Fruit Cobbler

 

Ingredients:  

Topping
cup all purpose flour
cup granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 whole egg+1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fruit filling  

6 medium fresh peaches, washed, peeled and sliced
to 1 teaspoon cinnamon (note the variation in amount...based on your taste for cinnamon)
teaspoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar (optional...if your peaches are naturally sweet, the sugar in the topping provides sufficient sweetness)

 

To make the cobbler:
Fruit:  Wash, peel, and slice the peaches.  If desired, cut the slices in half to approximately 1 inch pieces and place in a 2 quart baking dish that has been coated with non-stick spray. Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg (and sugar, if desired).

 

Topping: In a medium bowl, measure the flour and sugar, then add the softened butter, egg and egg yolk. Using a mixer, (I use a hand-held mixer), beat the mixture on medium speed until smooth, then add the vanilla, blending it into the mixture. Spoon the topping over the fruit mixture, spreading the topping to the edges, but leaving a slight opening between the topping and the edge of the baking dish to allow the juice from the fruit to bubble as the cobbler bakes. Bake the cobbler at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top of the cobbler is golden brown.  Let cool for approximately 10 minutes before serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (Sorry there's no picture of this cobbler...but just imagine warm peaches....slightly crunchy topping...and vanilla ice cream...yum!)

 

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THP's HP Office gets a Makeover!
The lobby of the THP office located on English St. in High Point just received a wonderful makeover! We received a grant from the Heart of High Point to upfit the front desk area.  Volunteers from the Bank of America put the new furniture together and painted.
 
Sharon Lipscomb, Director of High Point Services, said, "When clients walk-in to our office now, they feel  really special."
 
We are grateful for our community partners who helped make this happen! Thank you! 

 

More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, but one in five do not know they are positive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all Americans between the ages of 13-64 get tested for HIV as part of routine health care. Early diagnosis and treatment improves health, extends life and helps prevent the spread of HIV.

 

Triad Health Project is teaming up with Walgreens, Greater Than AIDS and the Guilford County Health Department to provide FREE HIV testing at  300 E. Cornwalis Dr. in Greensboro on June 27 in support of National HIV Testing Day!

News from Preventionland!

Not only is National HIV Testing Day this month, it's also National Gay Pride Month-President Obama has made it official! So, whether or not you're a member of the LGBT community, or a supporter, please show your pride by coming to get tested.

 

Kevin Varner, Director of Prevention and Education

Our testing numbers have grown considerably over the past few months, and we've seen anywhere from 20 to 25 people come in to our Monday night 

testing event from 5 to 7pm. Results are available now within two weeks, which makes the wait much less. We offer risk reduction pre and post-test counseling, and provide free condoms for our guests. 

 

Show pride in yourself, for your partner, and for your community by being Greater Than HIV/AIDS. Knowing your status, testing regularly, and using safer-sex methods (which we're glad to share!) will make YOU a contributor to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, one person at a time.

DFF in the News!
We are still giddy about the three fabulous articles on the 25th Annual Dining for Friends in the Greensboro New and Record! Check them out!

                           

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