Project Lazarus Spring 2016
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rWellnessProject Lazarus is the life-giving agency it is today thanks to the tireless efforts and tremendous support from many members of the community. We honor those who go above and beyond in support of this mission as Guardian Angels.
This year, we are proud to announce that we will honor David Cortez as Guardian Angel at the 2016 Annual Guardian Angel Award Gala. Mr. Cortez, the Customer Service Manager at Avita Pharmacy, has been a dedicated supporter of Project Lazarus for over twenty years. He has been actively involved in many of our fundraisers and initiatives and has been a strong advocate for the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS. Says Mr. Cortez, I feel my greatest connection to Lazarus came when I started working with Avita Pharmacy; it has allowed me to connect with staff and residents on a whole other level.
We are proud to present our highest honor, the Pawell-Desrosiers Award, to Anne Milling. Mrs. Milling, one of the most dynamic philanthropists in New Orleans, was one of Project Lazarus earliest advocates. Despite the tremendous stigma and fear surrounding HIV at the time, Mrs. Milling committed herself to helping people at Project Lazarus who were dying of AIDS. Through her leadership and humble example, she opened the door for many people who would never have otherwise supported Project Lazarus. Our agency would not be the successful place it is today without Mrs. Millings service and humbling example. Please join us for this special and not-to-be-missed event!
2016 Guardian Angel David Cortez
2016 Pawell-Desrosiers recipient Anne Milling
Project Lazarus Honors its Angels
Save the Date!Annual Guardian Angel
May 25, 2016Messinas at the Terminal,
Honoring Guardian Angel
David CortezPresenting the Pawell-Desrosiers Award to
The Wellness University Prepares Residents for Success
The Project Lazarus Wellness University continues to grow and adapt to meet the needs of our residents. Jessica Kinnison, Wellness University Supervisor, stresses that the program exposes our residents to the resources they need to secure and maintain permanent housing, improve physical and mental wellness, and meet daily lifestyle goals.
We have implemented new programs and resources to meet these goals with a variety of ways to learn: the Wellness University educational handbook, online videos (increasing computer literacy), and weekly, monthly and quarterly education sessions addressing HIV, medications and their side effects, conflict resolution, self-empowerment, literacy, and more.
What have our residents accomplished through the
Wellness University? One former resident regularly publishes
writings in local and regional newspapers
Five residents were included in a national anthology of writing published by Words Without Walls in Pittsburgh, PA
Two students are currently attending Delgado Community College
Residents self-published books of photographs and writings
One resident was detained by police and felt confident enough to advocate for his HIV medications
One resident improved from a first grade reading level to a functional level
Each year, all 65 plus residents of Project Lazarus make a budget and set short-term and long-term goals for their finances
Classes are taught by local partners:
Walgreens and Merck Pharmaceuticals offer courses about medication adherence.
Crescent Care (NO/AIDS Task Force) teaches HIV 101, which covers transmission, health information, disclosure and other relevant topics.
Financial literacy is covered by Operation HOPE through classes and one-on-one financial counseling.
Tulane University volunteers offer life skills programming focused on conflict resolution, advocating for needs, time management and more.
Second Harvest teaches residents about healthy eating on a budget.
Rotating electives include Music Therapy, Photography, Creative Writing, Philosophy, and Criminal Justice.
Residents and volunteers gather to celebrate the publication of their self-produced photography magazine as part of the Wellness University Photography class.
More than a PharmacyAvita Pharmacy has been a healthcare partner of Project Lazarus for nearly a decade, serving
those in our community who are affected by HIV/AIDS. A leader in providing pharmaceutical care, Avita caters to people with the unique health situations that many of our residents face, including chronic illness, like HIV/ AIDS, and dual diagnoses, such as HIV and Hepatitis C or other concurrent illnesses. Thanks to medical advances, people with HIV/AIDS are living longer, more productive lives, but they need strong pharmaceutical access and support to manage this disease. Fortunately, Avitas personalized care allows all of our residents to focus on their health and wellness thanks to their programs, such as refill
reminders and free delivery. Avita has great customer service. Every time I call, they answer my questions immediately and make sure all of my prescriptions are filled, said Tony, a Project Lazarus resident, The help I receive from both Avita and Project Lazarus makes it
easy for me to stay on top of my medication and remain healthy. Avita Pharmacys partnership not only benefits the patient, but also the mission
of Project Lazarus. Avita has been a long time sponsor and supporter of both Project Lazarus and Halloween New Orleans. We are able to better serve our community because of the support we receive from Avita!
Halloween New Orleans Another Year of Success
In 2015, Halloween New Orleans (HNO), the fundraising benefit for Project Lazarus, was an unforgettable weekend of events. The Fall of the Pharaohs themed extravaganza allowed all guests to embrace their inner Egyptian while supporting the work of Project Lazarus. We
thank the hard working HNO board of directors for once again going above and beyond to produce four of the best Halloween events in the country. We cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store at Halloween 33!
The help I receive from both Avita and Project Lazarus makes it easy for me to stay on top of my
medication and remain healthy. - Tony, resident
4DonateDonations from March 1, 2015 through March 15, 2016
Please donate online at www.projectlazarus.net or by mail: Project Lazarus, P.O. Box 3906, New Orleans, LA 70177
Thank You for your continued support of our mission.
Dr. Khanh T. Ho
Lucky Law Firm
MAC AIDS Fund
New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness
NO/AIDS Task Force
Katherine Payne *in memory of Fr. Royce Mitchell
The Vincent Saia Foundation
Rodney and Frances Smith
St. Francis of Assisi Church
The Mystic Krewe of Satyricon
Patrick Dunne *in memory of Ismael Pena
Golden Ranch Farms
Marathon Petroleum Company, LP
Marrero Land and Improvement Association
St. Louis Cathedral
Whitney National Bank
Archdiocese of New Orleans
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
Christopher Homes, Inc.
Coughlin Sanders Foundation
George and Milly Denegre Fund
Ed Blancher Service, Inc.
Lawrence Henry Gobble
A. John Groth
Gary Schiro and Jorge Munoz
Fr. Michael Schneller
Transfiguration of the Lord Parish
State Farm Companies Foundation
*in memory of Louis Massett
Warren Backer and David Cortez *in honor of Crain and Sara Rogers and Tim Fields
Sr. Anthony Barczykowski
Rev. Thomas Bouterie
Lance and Natalia Branch
David Catherman *in honor of Fr. Paul Desrosiers
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Inc.
The Garden Study Club of New Orleans
Goldring Family Foundation
Halloween New Orleans
The estate of Rev. Royce Mitchell
The Greater New Orleans Foundation
The estate of Francoise Richardson
Whole Foods Market of Metairie
John Deveney and Chris Costello
Sammy Steele III
Jane Wilbert of the Mystic Krewe of Satyricon proudly presents Executive Director Steve Rivera a donation from the club.
Don Paul Landry
Coy and Jeri Landry