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Delores Young Story

Volunteering can have a long-lasting impact on people, programs and communities. When Delores Young chose to make a difference in her community, she began her volunteer service at the MIHS McDowell Healthcare Center. Initially, Delores was a member of the Ryan White Consumer Advisory Board, which functions as an advocacy and educational group for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). This introduction to working with PLWHA inspired her to do more. After meeting Lorraine Brown, Family Advocate at McDowell, Delores decided she wanted to officially serve as a MIHS volunteer with the goal of learning how to effectively facilitate and develop a women’s group. She now assists Lorraine with facilitating the McDowell Women’s Group, a educational group dedicated to helping women with or affected by HIV. Delores has a regular schedule and a wide variety of responsibilities such as meeting and greeting women at their appointments and at the weekly Women’s Group, making reminder calls, and providing assistance with light office work. Having been a MIHS volunteer for two years, Delores loves her work and has made many friends. MIHS is very grateful to have Delores graciously devote her time to make a difference in the lives of so many.

“The only way to be a part of an organization is to give of yourself freely” – Delores Young.

Clara White Story

Volunteers are excited about the chance to make a difference in their community. Having moved to Arizona in 2017 to be with family, Clara White was eager to meet new people and learn more about her community. Initially becoming acquainted with MIHS as a member of an educational and wellness group, Clara asked how she could be of help to the group facilitator. Sensing her interest in volunteering, she was encouraged to contact MIHS Volunteer Services for information. Although she felt it was a challenging course, Clara received support from her friends and was determined to complete the program. Receiving her official Volunteer badge was a proud moment for Clara. She now volunteers two days a week, supporting the McDowell Health Care Center and the Grants Department. Clara is also a member of the MIHS Ryan White Consumer Advisory Board and has assisted with updating policies and procedures and educating consumers about the Ryan White program. Clara has made many new friends and her volunteer work gives her a tremendous sense of purpose. Volunteering for Clara is like medicine – it helps you function. “Just give it a try – even if it is hard, don’t give up”. MIHS is very grateful to have such a dedicated volunteer make a difference in the lives of those we serve and in the community.

April & May Lineup

VIIV Pharmaceutical Company - they provide breakfast

Building a Healthier Lifestyle - breakfast will be served

Nutrition Heals the Soul - breakfast will be served

Pampering Yourself with Love - breakfast will be served

Gilead Pharmaceutical Company – they provide breakfast

Mastering Your Mind Set - breakfast will be served

Educational Groups
Several organizations have educational groups for HIV infected and affected individuals and their families. These educational groups are even further differentiated by more defined groupings, such as women, minority women, families of infected or exposed children, youth who have been perinatally infected, and others. For more information on educational groups contact:

        • The Bill Holt Infectious Diseases Clinic at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for family and youth groups; and
        • The Family Advocate, Lorraine Brown for women’s educational groups and more information on various support groups. 
        • There is a women's educational group that meets weekly at McDowell Clinic. The McDowell Women’s Group meets every Thursday from 9:30am – 11:30am at the McDowell Healthcare Center, 1101 North Central, Phoenix. Breakfast is  provided with guest speakers and activities, all McDowell women are welcome.

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Section 8 Housing
Housing Programs that are currently open go to Housing Authority

Food Box Programs Sites (Providing nutrition for people living with HIV & AIDS) 
Arizona Food Provider Directory 
Compassion In Action

Joshua Tree
Community Food Connections

Job Postings
Arizona Department of Health Services

For more information please apply at:azstatejobs

City of El Mirage Job Opening
For more information follow

Idealist an International HIV/AIDS Program    
For those of you who might know someone looking for international/overseas or in the United States HIV/AIDS-focused program opportunities:

Maricopa County Employment Opportunity
Please visit for more information, or to apply for positions.

Maricopa Integrated Health System
Please visit for more information, or to apply for positions.

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