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Christian church welcomes all with unconditional love

Lake County Journal
December 28, 2012
"Christian church welcomes all with unconditional love"

The United Church of Christ has a history of being on the forefront of social justice issues and continues to help those in need in the local community, said Waukegan church Pastor Chris Fox.

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World Aids Day a time to take a ‘Stand Against Stigma’

The News-Sun
December 1, 2012
"World Aids Day a time to take a ‘Stand Against Stigma’"

“It’s a celebration of those who continue to choose life,” said the Rev. Chris Fox, pastor of First United Congregational Church of Christ — a Waukegan church that championed the cause of people with HIV/AIDS in the early years, when they were loathed and feared.

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Icons on display at Bonaventure House

Windy City Times
April 18, 2012
"Icons on display at Bonaventure House"

A recap of the Icon Reception held to welcome the installation of new icons in the Bonaventure House chapel.

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Perspective

WPWR-TV
December 25, 2011
"Perspective"

Recently, Alexian Brothers Health System completed construction of a new facility on the south side. This facility is 23-unit permanent supportive housing program for people with disabilities. Cheryl Potts, executive director of Alexian Brothers AID Ministry, talks about the new facility.

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County has 1,200 documented cases of HIV/AIDS

The News-Sun
December 1, 2011
"County has 1,200 documented cases of HIV/AIDS"

An article about Lake County HIV infection rates and the community response. The article also discusses Lake County's World AIDS Day event.

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World AIDS Day marked by search for an ideal

Chicago Tribune
December 1, 2011
"World AIDS Day marked by search for an ideal"

Catholics balance church teachings and practical medicine in addressing HIV. CEO Michelle Wetzel is interviewed on the subject of Catholic organizations and HIV/AIDS services.

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Chicagoan Featured in New HIV Education Web Series

Huffington Post
September 14, 2011
"Chicagoan Featured in New HIV Education Web Series"

Bonaventure House resident Chad H. is featured in new web video series depicting the stories of HIV-positive people living in the United States today. Chad said he hopes his story encourages people diagnosed with HIV who have not yet sought support to begin that journey.

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HIV patients depend, trust Walgreen pharmacists

Lake County News-Sun
August 2, 2011
"HIV patients depend, trust Walgreen pharmacists"

A Walgreens pharmacy in Waukegan, IL provides excellent support to its clients who have HIV/AIDS. A graduate of Alexian Brotehrs The Harbor is quoted.

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HIV Testing Day in North Chicago

Lake County News-Sun
June 28, 2011
"They 'got themselves tested' for HIV"

Residents and staff from Alexian Brothers The Harbor recently attended the National HIV Testing Day event in North Chicago hosted by the Lake County Health Department. Sidney Boclair, a former resident of The Harbor and a current staff member, was interviewed about his experience with HIV.

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Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry Cover Story in the Alexians Newletter

The Alexians Newsletter
June 1, 2011
"Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry Cover Story in the Alexians Newletter"

Delayed by ripple effects from the recession, construction of a permanent supportive housing facility sponsored by the Alexian Brothers for people with HIV/AIDS is expected to begin this fall on Chicago's south side. The facility will be known as Alexian Brothers Bettendorf Place in honor of the late Brother Felix Bettendor, C.F.A.

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Windy City Times Interview with Chad H.

Windy City Times
June 1, 2011
" AIDS: Long road back: Chad Hendry running against HIV"

Bonaventure House resident Chad H. is interviewed in an article in the Windy City Times. A story of transformation and perseverance, as Chad explains his story and reasons for running the Chicago Marathon.

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It's been a good year for charity bakery

Chicago Tribune
November 4, 2009
"It's been a good year for charity bakery"

Jones eventually landed at Bonaventure House and got clean for real. She just finished six months in the bakery and starts work soon at the new Sweet Miss Giving's concession in the Ogilvie Transportation Center downtown.

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Wetzel becomes advocate in a new way

Chicago Free Press
July 30, 2009
"Wetzel becomes advocate in a new way"

Wetzel has many plans for the organization, including continuing to build and maintain its strong collaborative relationships with other HIV/AIDS service providers.

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Bonaventure House attends affordable housing rally

July 30, 2009
"Bonaventure House attends affordable housing rally "

On Thursday, July 30, 2009, a number of Bonaventure House residents and staff boarded a bus for downtown Chicago. There, they attended the Lakeview Action Coalition's rally and news conference at City Hall. The purpose was to demand city leaders earmark TIF development money for creating affordable housing in Chicago.

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Leadership changes as AIDS ministry marks 20th anniversary

The Alexian Way
July 1, 2009
"Leadership changes as AIDS ministry marks 20th anniversary"

As Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry marks its 20th anniversary this year, it has bid a fond farewell to a respected chief executive officer and has welcomed a new leader with extensive experience in advocating for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Cyber-monks: Brothers try to reach new recruits online

Chicago Tribune
June 18, 2009
"Cyber-monks: Brothers try to reach new recruits online"

At first glance, it might seem the Alexian Brothers would have use only for the Good Book, not Facebook. But the Roman Catholic religious order -- which dates to the Middle Ages -- is using social media to reach out to new recruits.

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A Strong Foundation for Independent Living

OT Practice
June 15, 2009
"A Strong Foundation for Independent Living"

Michael lived in the Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House in Chicago, a 2-year transitional living facility speciically for persons with HIV and AIDS who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

Alexian Brothers CEO to move to new vocation

Lake County News
May 7, 2009
"Alexian Brothers CEO to move to new vocation"

(Bart) Winters has been named CEO of Chicago's St. Vincent de Paul Center and Marillac House, ministries of the Daughters of Charity.

Art auction to benefit AIDS ministry

The Alexian Way
March 1, 2009
"Art auction to benefit AIDS ministry"

The Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry will sponsor an art auction March 26 that will feature works created by some of Chicago's finest artists.

Homeless count takes volunteers to some unexpected spots

Chi-Town Daily News
February 2, 2009
"Homeless count takes volunteers to some unexpected spots"

Sharon Ryan, 30, who currently resides at Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House, a transitional living facility for adult men and women with HIV/AIDS, completed one of the surveys.

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Musician later turned to ministry with Alexian Brothers

Chicago Tribune
October 14, 2008
"Musician later turned to ministry with Alexian Brothers"

He reflected on the reason for his decision to enter the religious life in a YouTube video.

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Compassion drove Alexian Brothers provincial

Daily Herald
October 14, 2008
"Compassion drove Alexian Brothers provincial"

It was his own need to reinvigorate his spiritual life that brought Br. Dube to the Alexian Brothers. He came to his vocation later in life, at the age of 49, after carving out a career as a professional musician, playing piano in clubs and dance halls.

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Alexian Brothers announce plans to open residence for people with HIV/AIDS on Chicago's south side

The Alexians
October 1, 2008
"Alexian Brothers announce plans to open residence for people with HIV/AIDS on Chicago's south side"

Expected to be completed by the end of 2009, the facility at 8425 South Saginaw Ave. will be known as Alexian Brothers Bettendorf Place in honor of the late Brother Felix Bettendorf, C.F.A., who spearheaded the establishment of the Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry in 1989. 

It's helped change my life

News-Sun
September 5, 2008
"It's helped change my life"

Neighbors were afraid of the trouble it might bring. A community leader threatened legal action. Protesters descended on City Hall. But 10 years later, Alexian Brothers The Harbor, which offers transitional housing and support people living with HIV/AIDS, is a peaceful, positive presence at 826 North Ave., on Waukegan's near north side. 

Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry Hosts Jubilate

Windy City Times
November 23, 2005
"Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry Hosts Jubilate"

Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry (ABAM) hosted its 13th annual Jubilate (pronounced YOO-buh-LAH-tay) Nov. 13 at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph.

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Events planned for Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The News-Sun
February 3, 2005
"Events planned for Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day"

The Lake County Health Department and Alexian Brothers The Harbor are collaborating on activities in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Information Day on Monday.

Lake County event marks progress, challenges that remain

The News-Sun
December 2, 2004
"Lake County event marks progress, challenges that remain"

Alexian Brothers The Harbor on Waukegan's near north side was at the heart of World AIDS Day events in Lake County that are aimed at celebrating the progress made in battling the disease and drawing into focus the challenges that remain.

Lake County AIDS services lack support, funding

Daily Herald
December 1, 2000
"Lake County AIDS services lack support, funding"

We need more care providers and we need more housing," said Allan Hines, program coordinator at Alexian Brother's The Harbor, a transitional housing facility for people living with HIV infections. "There are not nearly enough in the county."

Hope, help in the face of HIV, substance abuse

Chicago Tribune
September 17, 1999
"Hope, help in the face of HIV, substance abuse"

When Wanda came to The Harbor as one of its first clients last year, she fit the facility's dual-diagnosis requirement all too well. She had tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and was struggling with substance abuse, she said. But she listened to her counselors, stuck with the program and, in June, became The Harbor's first graduate.

Safe at home

Chicago Tribune
October 18, 1998
"Safe at home"

The bright blue canopy at the entrance of a handsomely restored century-old brick home on Waukegan's North Avenue is like a beacon in an otherwise ordinary middle-class neighborhood. Those who pass under this canopy are entering Alexian Brothers The Harbor, transitional housing for people infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS and who are also homeless and/or recovering substance abusers.

Safe Harbor

The News-Sun
January 30, 1998
"Safe Harbor"

In response to the lack of housing for these individuals, Alexian Brothers, a Catholic order dedicated to caring for the poor, outcast and dying, is opening the first residential facility in the country for people who are HIV positive or suffering from AIDS.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
December 3, 1997
"Chicago Tribune"

At the open house, about 50 people came to see what Alexian Brothers of America is planning fo the three-story, 122-year-old home.

Safe Harbor

The News-Sun
December 2, 1997
"Safe Harbor"

Those both for and against the opening of a residential facility for people with HIV/AIDS, drug addiction or mental illness attended a dedication and tour Monday for The Harbor House.

The News-Sun

The News-Sun
February 17, 1997
"New hope for addicts, HIV patients"

Many people living with AIDS in Lake County face another problems as well - addiction to alcohol or drugs. Now a private group led by a Waukegan pastor and supported by the Lake County Health Department hopes to establish an AIDS housing program that will help people address both afflictions.

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For over 20 years Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry has been serving people impacted by HIV/AIDS in the Chicago metropolitan region, providing housing, comprehensive services, and spiritual care. Whether at The Harbor in Waukegan, IL, Bonaventure House on the North Side of Chicago or at our new facility on the South Side of Chicago, we transform the lives of people who are homeless and living with HIV/AIDS within a supportive, compassionate community.



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