Monthly Musings from THP's Executive Director  



Addison Ore, Executive Director


"Thanks for what you do."

I'm lucky that not a week goes by that I don't hear those words from a THP client or a donor or someone in our community.

On really good days, I hear it more than once.

I wish you could hear it every day, too.

The truth is that we can never thank you enough for helping us prevail over the epidemic of our lifetime. Your financial support is essential, of course, but your generous compassion sustains us in ways that are immeasurable.

I spent a good part of early January signing stacks of thank you letters for your gifts to Winter Walk and our Year End Appeal. It is one of my favorite tasks that I never tire of. I recognize many of your names because I have the good fortune to know you personally and I recognize some of your names because of the frequency of which you give. And I'm always delighted to see a new name of someone I haven't had the pleasure of meeting.

You see, anyone who supports Triad Health Project is a friend of mine.

So, it is with a very sincere and grateful heart that I say, "Thanks for what you do."

Very best,

Before you buy those Valentines Day Chocolates...
Kevin Varner,
Director of Prevention & Education
Give yourself and your partner the gift of knowing your status. Are you in a new relationship? Looking to date? Going out for the weekend of Valentines Day to get lucky? We all want to connect, and many of us wish make the connections we have even stronger. Knowing your HIV and STD status is the perfect way to plan ahead for that special someone, or to make sure you know your status before beginning a new sexual relationship. Here's some things to consider about testing: You're only as negative as your last unsafe, risky sexual event. Second, it's a good idea to get tested again at the start of a new relationship. Why is this? Many sexually transmitted infections don't present symptoms right away, or may have symptoms so mild at the beginning that you may not notice them. 

With regular testing, which is recommended at least twice a year, or every three months as another option, you can be sure that you remain on top of your status. If treatment is needed, the sooner you test and get into treatment, the less likely you will pass your infection on to others, and the less likely you'll get sick. 

Love yourself and your partner this Valentines Day by getting a test, and getting some FREE CONDOMS from Triad Health Project for that special night with a lucky someone. Remember-we offer testing each Monday evening from 5-7pm at our office, 801 Summit Avenue in Greensboro.
Save the Date for the Dining for Friends Community Parties

After much demand, the community has come together to plan a Dining for Friends Community Party in High Point! Dig out your hats and attire for the Ribbons and Roses Derby Party benefiting Triad Health Project's Dining for Friends on May 2nd at the Briles House in High Point!

Both Community Parties are looking for community sponsors - that means YOU! Becoming a sponsor is easy and is the best way to show your support to YOUR community.  Go to  and or more information. 

Cooking with Ninevah
Recently, I discovered roasted, golden beets, and my taste buds rejoiced. There is a mellow sweetness to these beets that when paired with their firm texture elevates golden beets from side-dish status and makes them the highlight of the meal. Roasting them in combination with other root vegetables such as parsnips and sweet potatoes, creates a dish that just might elevate beets to one of your favorite vegetables.

Sweet n' Savory Roasted Root Vegetables

Root Vegetables:
 - 2 large golden beets
 - 2 large parsnips
 - 2 large sweet potatoes
Basic Marinade:

 - 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
 - 1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
Added spices:
 - teaspoon garam masala
 - teaspoon dried dill weed

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Wash the beets, parsnips and sweet potatoes and pat dry. Use a vegetable peeler to peel all the vegetables and cut them into cubes approximately 1 inch in size.
Mix the olive oil and Montreal Steak Seasoning in a large bowl. Add the cubed root vegetables and use a large spatula to coat the vegetables with the oil and steak seasoning. Sprinkle the dill weed and then the garam masala over the coated root vegetables and stir gently with the spatula to distribute the spices.
Spoon the herbed root vegetables onto the parchment-covered rimmed baking sheet. Distribute the vegetables to arrange in a single layer. Roast in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until fork tender.
Serve warm

Many thanks to our friend, Ninevah Murray, for her recipe. For more recipes and information on her cooking classes, go to 

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Mark's Mentionings
Mark Cassity, Director of Higher Ground
There is a story about a dread virus whose appearance is met with devastating fear, hatred, "moral" outrage, prejudice and a stigma that tears communities, homes, hearts and souls to shreds. And yet here and there good, brave people emerge to meet those infected with love and acceptance instead. Higher Ground is born from this love. It's a good story - of pioneers, dream-ers, pray-ers and pay-ers - but we need to remember to tell it in the present tense because the en-tire tale gets reenacted somewhere daily. Until we can tell the story of fear and hatred and stigma in the past tense, we'll hope this house will be here to continue the story in very present love.

Who do we love Greensboro? Check back to our Facebook page between now and Valentines Day and find out why. Join us by

posting your own #loveGSO picture, video or comment on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Be creative and be sure to use the hashtag #loveGSO.

 After you post, consider making a gift to United Way of Greater Greensboro to show Greensboro your support by visiting  Your investment stays here in Greensboro to help break the cycle of poverty in our community. You will help children and youth get the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. You will help families become and remain financially stable. And you will help everyone to live a healthy life. Great things happen when we LIVE UNITED.

Thank you for giving.

Guilford's 2nd Annual CAAP
Join the Community AIDS Awareness Project (CAAP) for the 2nd annual conference "The Open Eyes Symposium: Promoting Sexual Agency during the #BlackLivesMatter Movement". They will be discussing the importance or lack of importance as it applies to bodies of color, especially during this time in American society.  THP will participate in the panel discussion, beginning at 1 pm.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 11th from 1 PM to 6 PM. Registration is open and required, so contact for more information. 

Valentines @ Chemistry
Come to Chemistry Club on Valentines Night for some RED PARTY FUN! Wear your festive red attire and join Triad Health Project. 

We will be there with Valentines Goody Bags (with more than just candy!) Proceeds from the door will Benefit THP. Hope to see you there!
Benefit Rock Show!
Our friend, Loius Money, is graciously hosting an annul benefit rock show for THP on his birthday! Check out his Facebook event page information at


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