NEW YORK, November 30, 2016–The Doe Fund announced today receipt of a $10,000 grant from DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. The grant will be used to ensure high quality services and accommodations for residents of A Better Place, a permanent supportive residence in Manhattan for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Since 1996, A Better Place has taken a holistic approach to wellness in order to promote optimal physical and mental health among residents. In addition to a safe, modern, clean environment, residents are provided with nourishing, homemade meals and critical social services such as case management, mental health counseling and support groups, drug relapse prevention, and substance abuse treatment services.
For individuals who have experienced the traumas of homelessness and HIV/AIDS, having a stable place to call home is vital. Additionally, strong social bonds have been shown to improve residents’ mental and physical health. Each resident of A Better Place enjoys his or her own comfortable room as well as several common areas designed to foster a sense of community. The 28-bed facility is the only such congregate housing development on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
DIFFA National granted a total of $333,000 to twenty-six organizations providing treatment and prevention services to those impacted by HIV/AIDS. DIFFA’s grant to The Doe Fund will ensure the continuation of vital services for those who make a A Better Place home.