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Border AIDS Partnership AIDS Walk, Red Gala Fashion Show set for Saturday

El Paso’s Border AIDS Partnership (BAP) will celebrate their 25th anniversary by presenting their 2nd AIDS Walk fundraising event and Health Fair in the morning, and Red Gala Fashion Show in the evening this weekend.

“We are very excited about continuing the momentum we started last year with the AIDS Walk.  The walk hadn’t occurred for a number of years in El Paso and we hope we continue to grow with each passing year.  By you joining us for the walk, we can take the time to run/walk and remember our loved ones we have lost to AIDS.  By walking with us, you are also helping our organization provide critical resources for people from El Paso, Cd. Juárez and Las Cruces who are battling HIV/AIDS,” said Floyd Johnson, president of BAP.

“We also want to make this event a family and pet-friendly environment, so please bring your kids and all pets are also welcomed.”

Early registration before the Walk can be done online for a fee of $25. Early registration ends at 6 pm on September 26 at 6 pm. Interested persons can also register the day of the event at Memorial Park starting at 7 am for a fee of $30.

Registration also includes a shirt which commemorates the fundraising event. The race/walk will start at 8 am sharp. Health Fair will begin at 8:00 am and will run until 12:30 pm.

Free screenings and testing will be conducted by Centro San Vicente. The run/walk is a 5k route around the lovely and historic neighborhoods surrounding Memorial Park.   Participants can choose to officially time your 5k by Race Adventures or walk your 5k without worrying about time. They can also choose to do a “Fun Walk”, which is a 1-mile walk around Memorial Park. Like last year, this is also a Dog Walk, so bring your dogs! It is a family-friendly environment so also bring children.  All are welcome.

Board Member and Chair of the Red Gala Fashion Show, Mr. Uriel Posada says, “We are having a Red Gala Fashion Show this year to announce to our region that we have existed for 25 years! We teamed up with El Paso Fashion Week to bring you a fun-filled evening, surrounded by fashion and beautiful people of all ages, including children.”

Register for the Red Gala Fashion Show online, and residents can also purchase tickets (if still available) the day of the event at The Foundation Room (333 N. Oregon St). Tickets are $60 (VIP – front row seating); $45 (preferred, 2nd and 3rd row seating); and $30 (General Admission).

VIP tickets will also get you 2 free glasses of sparkling wine.

In 1994, the El Paso Community Foundation and the US/Mexico Border Health Association created a local HIV/AIDS partnership to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in the region working on this critical health problem.

With support from AIDS United, the collaboration became the Border AIDS Partnership, a bi-national and tri-state funding collaborative that has been providing funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities in El Paso, Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez. BAP now operates as an independent 501c3 nonprofit.

Since 1996, the Border AIDS Partnership has distributed more than $2.0 million to support innovative HIV prevention and education programs. Previous grantees include Centro Caritativo Para Atención de Enfermos de SIDA, University Medical Center of El Paso’s Teen Advisory Board, Programa Compañeros, support group HIVida, Actúa y Toma El Control, Opportunity Center for the Homeless, and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Families & Youth, Inc.

For more information, help signing up, or to purchase tickets, call 915-533-4020, visit the website, or find them on Facebook.

What: Border AIDS Partnership’s AIDS Walk Fundraiser & Red Gala Fashion Show

When: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Walk); 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Fashion Show)

Where: Walk—Memorial Park (1701 N. Copia St); Fashion Show – Foundation Room (333 N. Oregon St)

Registration:  Walk – 7 am at Memorial Park ($30). Before September 27 online ($25) |  Fashion Show Tickets

Start of Race: 8 a.m.; Start of Fashion Show: 7:00 pm

Border AIDS Partnership launches ‘Dining for Vida’ to celebrate 25th Anniversary

This week, in celebration of their 25th anniversary, El Paso’s Border AIDS Partnership (BAP) will present their first “Dining for Vida” fundraising event.

“We are very excited about our very first ever Dining for Vida event.  By eating out on this day, you are also helping our organization provide critical resources for people from El Paso, Cd. Juárez and Las Cruces who are battling HIV/AIDS,” said Floyd Johnson, president of BAP. “We want to invite our community to join us at a restaurant that perhaps they’ve never been to before.  It is also our way of expressing our appreciation to local establishments who have been so generous with us in the past.”

For the day-long event, restaurants are asked to donate a portion of the day’s food sales to BAP.

The restaurants participating this year will be:  Salt + Honey Bakery Café (breakfast/lunch), Mesa Street Grill (lunch/dinner), Ardovino’s Desert Crossing (dinner), L & J Café (dinner), Rulis International Kitchen (dinner), Park Tavern (dinner), and Pot Au Feu (dinner).

In addition to the food sales on that day, people can make additional contributions at the time of their visit. Liquor sales are not part of this donation. A local ambassador will be provided for each locale.

In 1994, the El Paso Community Foundation and the US/Mexico Border Health Association created a local HIV/AIDS partnership to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in the region working on this critical health problem.

With support from AIDS United, the collaboration became the Border AIDS Partnership, a bi-national and tri-state funding collaborative that has been providing funding for HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities in El Paso, Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez. BAP now operates as an independent 501c3 nonprofit.

Since 1996, the Border AIDS Partnership has distributed more than $2.0 million to support innovative HIV prevention and education programs. Previous grantees include Centro Caritativo Para Atención de Enfermos de Sida, University Medical Center of El Paso’s Teen Advisory Board, Programa Compañeros, support group HIVida, Actúa y Toma El Control, Opportunity Center for the Homeless, and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Families & Youth, Inc.

For additional information, visit their Facebook page.

What: Border AIDS Partnership’s 1st “Dining for Vida” Fundraising Event

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Where: At Participating Local Restaurants

Salt + Honey Bakery Café (breakfast/lunch)

Mesa Street Grill (lunch/dinner)

Ardovino’s Desert Crossing (dinner)

L & J Café (dinner)

Rulis International Kitchen (dinner)

Park Tavern (dinner)

Pot Au Feu (dinner).

5th Annual Andeavor HomeRun for the Homeless Set for August 18

The Opportunity Center for the Homeless will host the 5th Annual HomeRun for the Homeless 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash presented by Andeavor, on Saturday, August 18.

“We are extremely grateful with Andeavor for their continued commitment to our community, their support will definitively make an impact in the lives of the people we serve”, said Ray Tullius, Founder of the Opportunity Center for the Homeless.

As in previous years the race will start and finish at the Southwest University Park. Registration is open online or the day of the event.

The race starts at 8:00 a.m. and the Kids’ Dash at 9:05 a.m., rain or shine. The registration fee is $25 for all participants and $15 for kids 12 and under.

The first 400 people to register receive an exclusive race t-shirt. Organizers say, “This event is designed for the whole family to enjoy…all fitness levels welcome.”

The 5th annual event brings athletes of all abilities together to support the programs aiding homeless individuals living in the resource centers, family shelter, and housing facilities operated by the Opportunity Center for the Homeless.

Running enthusiasts and all supporters are invited to participate or attend the event to raise funds and awareness for homelessness. The 3.1 mile course runs through downtown El Paso and is perfect for first time 5K runners.

As always, participants are encouraged to form a team, bringing together friends, family and coworkers (the course is stroller-friendly.) to challenge themselves to complete the course and raise additional funds. A family-friendly information expo with activities will be at the concourse of the stadium.

The top 3 Female and Male winners will be recognized at the end of the race, along with the biggest and most spirited teams. The day’s festivities will also include various forms of entertainment, music, Chico and several El Paso community mascots.

The Opportunity Center for the Homeless is a nonprofit dedicated to help homeless individuals achieve self-sufficiency or protect them if they are unable due to physical or mental impediments.

Opportunity Center Opens Emergency Warming Centers, Winter Item Donations Needed

As the cold front moved into the city, the Opportunity Center for the Homeless emergency shelters were activated as warm stations to help protect individuals from the freezing temperatures.

The warm stations activation is an action based in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of El Paso County predicted for the region.

Any given night the emergency shelter’s serves close to 200 homeless persons and as low temperatures approach – the center experiences an increase of individuals seeking shelter.

Those in need of assistance can come to the following locations:

Men’s Resource Center, 1208 Myrtle Avenue

Women’s Resource Center, 1221 Myrtle Avenue

The warm temperatures we experienced in recent weeks generated a decline in winter item donations. As the need increase for our services during inclement weather, we are asking the community to donate money or winter items such as: scarfs, gloves and hats, sweatshirts, coats and jackets, blankets, and lip balm.

All donations are tax-deductible and in-kind donations can be drop-off at 1208 Myrtle Avenue.

All the Opportunity Center for the Homeless emergency shelters provide services 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Opportunity Center to Host Health and Education Fair Today

In an effort to eliminate barriers that impair homeless and low-income individuals to access health care, the Opportunity Center for the Homeless invites the public to participate in the 4th bi-annual H.O.P.E. Clinic.

The H.O.P.E. clinic will offer Blood tests, Foot Check Ups, Vaccines, Vision and Hearing Screenings, and on-site lab test for HIV, Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis, and Syphilis, among others.

Additionally, vouchers for pap smears, immunizations, and cancer screenings will be provided during both sessions at no cost to participants.

H.O.P.E. stands for Health, Opportunity, Prevention, and Education; and it’s an initiative in partnership with UTEP’s College of Health Sciences, San Vicente Family Health Clinic, among other agencies. Over 60 higher education students will assist participants in getting free services and health education sessions.

The previous clinic was held on April 18th of this year, and provided free services to close to 200 individuals.

What: H.O.P.E. Clinic

When: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Where: 1208 Myrtle Avenue

Time: 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

EPWater Employees, Sponsors Raise $55K for Opportunity Center for Homeless

For Yesenia Castro, it was the bittersweet culmination of a months-long labor of love when the 2017 El Paso Water Charity of Choice chairwoman presented a check for $55,000 to the Opportunity Center for the Homeless.

The money from the EPWater employee fundraising campaign will benefit the center’s La Casa de las Abuelitas, which houses single women ages 55 and older at 1318 Myrtle Ave.

The campaign bested the original utility goal of $40,000 and the previous years’ efforts.

“I just want to say thank you,” said Ray Tullius, co-founder of the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, during the check presentation. “It’s amazing to see the spirit of the organization; you don’t see that in a corporation. We saw passion all through these events, and I just thank you so much for the spirit that you focused on our operation.”

Since 2009, EPWater employees have raised more than $275,000 for local charities. Past partners have included the Salvation Army of El Paso, USO and the Children’s Grief Center of El Paso.

The process began in January when the Charity of Choice committee of employees met to select a local nonprofit organization as the beneficiary. The check presentation was part of Wednesday, September 13th’s Public Service Board meeting.

Once their choice was approved by the PSB, the fundraising campaign kicked off in February with a flurry of events organized by employees, which included a fishing derby, a karaoke standoff and a sand volleyball tournament. Events wrapped up in late August with a golf tournament, sponsored by Touchstone Golf, that raised a portion of funds.

“I loved the experience,” said Castro wistfully, about seeing the campaign end. “It’s been very rewarding and really fun seeing people get involved.”

Some of the events even featured a few of the abuelitas, or grandmothers, from the shelter.

Now that the Charity of Choice campaign is over, Castro is hopeful that EPWater employees will recall the mission accomplished for La Casa de las Abuelitas.

“I hope people will not forget about the Opportunity Center for the Homeless,” Castro said. “Whether they can volunteer or donate, justspreading the word is extremely helpful.”

Horacio Martinez, Stormwater General Services Lead Worker, said it was his third year being involved with Charity of Choice and that it was a pleasure being a part of the committee this year.

“Sometimes we complain about our situations, but now we really know there are people that need even the basic things in their lives,” he said.

For more information on the Opportunity Center for the Homeless, please click here.

State Housing Agency Awards $100K to Opportunity Center for the Homeless

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has awarded $100,000 to the Opportunity Center for the Homeless to provide supportive services to migrant and seasonal farm workers.

 TDHCA made the award through its Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program targeting specific education and career tract opportunities for migrant farm workers and their families, as well as helping meet the administrative expenses of the association.

 “Helping Texans achieve self-sufficiency is the first priority of the CSBG Program and a critical component of the Department’s mission,” said TDHCA Executive Director Tim Irvine. “Through the programs offered by the Center, these families will be better equipped to participate in today’s growing job markets and learn budgeting skills, which in turn gives them access to better and more stable housing options.”

 Advances and improvements in farming mechanizations have caused recent declines in employability for many migrant and seasonal farm workers. With guidance toward attaining additional job readiness skills, Opportunity Center for the Homeless looks to improve the long-term financial and household stability for farm workers and families.

“This grant will make available to the farm workers and their families the skills necessary to access educational and employment opportunities likely to provide stable, year-round sustainability in agricultural and non-agricultural occupations,” said Carlos Marentes, the Farm Workers Center Program Director.

The Farm Workers Center provides support and assistance to the farm workers community in El Paso County regarding emergency shelter and food assistance, permanent housing, educational opportunities, job trainings, health and medical services, among many others.

This grant specifically focuses on reaching out to over 270 agricultural workers and their families getting support services at the center.

Groups Hold Job Clinic for Homeless El Pasoans

In an effort to provide a holistic approach to help the homeless population to attain and retain a job within our community, the Opportunity Center for The Homeless, in collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso, and the Workforce Solutions Borderplex, among other agencies held the first on-site employment clinic to help the participants learn about job opportunities in our area.

During the Thursday clinic, clients underwent a three 3 steps assessment, referral and information giving —the Health Opportunity Prevention and Education Clinic (H.O.P.E) assisted 91 individuals to identify their barriers (such as lack of proper documentation or physical disabilities) to get employment and build self-sufficiency.

This clinic also equips the Opportunity Center for the Homeless with the ability to promote employment as a critical strategy in ending homelessness.

The H.O.P.E. clinic is based on the notion that an individual’s interest in securing employment can motivate them to take positive steps in their lives and mirrors the WorkFirst Toolkit project implemented in 2009 in the Boston Area which helped 11,000 homeless members of the population to move on in life and is highly promoted among the business community.

Around 40 students from the UTEP Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling served as volunteers to help the homeless participants navigate and participate in the clinic.

DISMAS Charities, Goodwill industries, Freedom Janitorial, The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), San Vicente Family Health Center, Sin Fronteras, and Project Amistad were the other participants of the event which diverts from the belief that ‘all homeless people are job ready.’

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