The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation

Operating Support for House of Mercy: Low-Income AIDS Ministry

Grant Information
Categories Healthcare
Location United States
Cycle Year 2016
Organization Information
Organization Name (provided by applicant) House of Mercy, Inc.
Organization Name (provided by automatic EIN validation)
Contact Information
Contact Name Marjorie Storch
Phone 7048254711
P.O. Box 808
Additional Information
Used for Grant funds would help pay for caregivers' salaries and program expenses (24 hour nursing care; coordination of medical treatments and transportation) for House of Mercy residents. The core mission of House of Mercy is to provide specialized, compassionate care in a residential setting for low-income persons living with AIDS who can no longer care for themselves and face homelessness. In addition to room and board, House of Mercy provides clinical treatments and therapies designed to provide the best in medical services and also a variety of supplemental services to enhance the physical, emotional and spiritual lives of our residents.
Benefits House of Mercy provides palliative services for those near end of life and also helps patients who have a chance of getting better. When provided with good care and proper medication in a stable environment, some patients in advanced stages of AIDS can improve. During the last 3 1/2 years, 14 residents receiving Highly Active AntiRetroviral Therapy experienced improved CD4 counts and reduced viral load (measure of immunity)and seven (50%) moved to more independent living.
Proposal Description Coordinated HIV care is a central element of House of Mercy’s program of services. Our client-focused strategy for coordinating care includes assessing a client’s need for specific health, psychological and social services; and assisting the client to access a wide range of services that will address those needs. Components of coordinated care include resident admission and assessment, development of a care plan including long term needs, ongoing coordination of medical services, monitoring the resident's health, and discharge planning when needed. Grant funds would help pay for caregivers' salaries and program expenses (24 hour care, clinical treatments, supplemental services) at the House of Mercy residence.

Not only residents benefit from House of Mercy's services. We provide great comfort to friends and family members who are no longer able to provide care for their loved ones, especially elderly parents. House of Mercy collaborates with regional hospitals, AIDS service agencies and other human service organizations to better meet the needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS. House of Mercy receives a steady flow of referrals from area hospitals, infectious disease specialists and social service agencies. Hospitals are a major source of referrals because they recognize the cost effectiveness of House of Mercy.

The growing population of persons living with HIV/AIDS has increased the need for AIDS-related housing, health and social services. Nearly all House of Mercy residents have become Medicaid-eligible because the expense of fighting their illness has exhausted their personal resources. Most residents have had low incomes and health insurance hasn’t been an option.

Up to 300,000 North Carolinians have no affordable options for regular healthcare (NC is one of 19 states that has not expanded Medicaid coverage). Many of our residents' only healthcare has been Emergency Room visits and have not received regular care or HAART medications for HIV Disease.

The Centers for Disease Control reports about 1.2 million people in the United States were living with HIV at the end of 2012, the most recent year for which this information is available. Of those people, about 13% (156,000) did not know they were infected.*

The impact of HIV/AIDS in the South is a growing concern. Nearly half (49%) of all new HIV diagnoses occur in the South despite having only 37% of the total U.S. population. The CDC reports of the 6,955 deaths attributed directly to HIV or AIDS (2013), 52% were in the South, 21% were in the Northeast, 16% were in the West, and 11% were in the Midwest.

Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. Still, the pace of new infections continues at far too high a level particularly among certain groups. Black Americans face the most severe burden of HIV representing 64% of adult/adolescent infections. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) was the principal risk factor in 66% of total cases; heterosexual transmission risk in 29%; injection drug use (IDU) in 2%; and MSM/IDU in 3%.

As of December 31, 2015 there were 33,388 persons diagnosed and living with HIV infection in North Carolina and another 3873 estimated persons who are unaware they are infected. House of Mercy’s primary service area includes Gaston, Mecklenburg, Union, Anson, Stanly, Rowan, Cabarrus, Iredell, Lincoln and Cleveland counties. As of 12.31.15 there are 8,552 persons diagnosed and living with HIV disease (including 2,709 living with AIDS) in House of Mercy’s primary 10-county service area.**

* Centers for Disease Control & Prevention **NC 2015 HIV/STD Surveillance Report