The Michigan AIDS Coalition has embraced the offer of local HIV/AIDS support group Open Arms to become a permanent part of MAC’s programs. While MAC has an array of programs that serve those infected or affected by individuals living with HIV/AIDS, the Ferndale-based organization did not have a support group.
The Michigan AIDS Coalition is a 1-year-old collaboration created by the merger of the Michigan AIDS Fund and the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project in February 2009. The organization works to promote healthy lifestyles and safe sex, as well as provides counseling, care and HIV testing.
“I was thrilled when Rick Wilson from Open Arms asked me about the possibility of a more formal collaboration,” said Helen Hicks, chief executive officer of MAC. “Open Arms felt that after two decades of working with our staff and meeting in our building, becoming a more permanent program arm of MAC made great sense.”
MAC’s leadership team discussed the concept and agreed that in the current competitive economic environment, it was wise to move forward with the collaboration.
Starting with their April 16 get together, a person from Open Arms will attend the MAC weekly staff meetings. Once a month, a staff person from MAC will attend the Wednesday night support group that is hosted by Open Arms at MAC. Open Arms now has an office at MAC and access to the building and all meeting rooms at their disposal, Hicks added.
To see a listing of all of MAC’s programs, visit http://www.michiganaidscoalition.org.