Welcome from J. M. Redmann/ R. Jean Reid
Help Support NO/AIDS anc CrescentCare
There a lot of different causes, different needs out there, especially this year with the devestating weather, hurricanes and floods in so many places. This is one that is near and dear to my heart, the place I've worked for over 20 years now.
It's been over a decade since Katrina devastated NO/AIDS and New Orleans. Over those challenging years, NO/AIDS has been able to not only re-build all the services we had before the storm but offer many more needed programs. We're doing a lot better, but can always use your help. We have greately expanded our services, including offering community health care, dental care, ob/gyn care and are recognized for our LGBTQ services.
Over the last few years we have embarked on an exciting new phase of service to the community--in August, 2014, we opened a clinic that provides primary medical care, including health and wellness services such as nutirial counseling and behavioral health. We've moved beyong HIV care. While open to anyone who wants to enter our door, insured or not, one of our focuses is to provide welcoming and knowledgable care to the LGBTQ community, including, in partnership with LSU, are providing comprehensive Sexual Wellness services.
While New Orleans is not only recovering, but roaring back, we still face many challenges--one of them being a poor city with one of th highest rates of HIV per capita in the country--2nd only behind Baton Rouge. We've been in the top ten cities for rates of infection since before Katrina. Louisiana also has some of the highest rates of STDs in the nation.
Many of you know me as J.M. Redmann, writer of the Micky Knight mystery series. Some of you may know me as R. Jean Reid, authoor of the Nell McGraw series. NO/AIDS is my day job. I'd love to write full-time, but unless and until that happens, I'm privledged to work at a job that matters, with people I like and respect and, who I have witnessed day after day go the extra mile--taking extra time with a client, being out late at night because that's how we reach people, traveling to the 'not nice' neighborhoods because everyone matters.
I'm even willing to provide incentives:
$25 - An emailed 1st chapter of the next Micky Knight book, currently titled The Next Book. It'll be out when I finish writing it . . . um, maybe late 2018. Or if you'd prefer, the 1st chapter of the next Nell McGraw book, also titled Next Book. HOWEVER, the first chapter for both books are written and you can get a sneak preview now.
$50 - Hard copy signed of both first chapters above, signed personally to you
$100 - The previous incentives and YOUR NAME (or one of your choosing, as long as it doesn't get me in legal trouble) in either the upcomging Micky Knight or Nell McGraw books as a character. No guarentee, but I'll do my best to honor requests such as not to be a villain, etc.
$300 - The complete manuscript for one of these two books. Not quite sure when I'll have them done, but hoping for finished manuscripts sometime in spring/summer of 2018 (before next year's WALK).
I'm asking you to support us because HIV/AIDS, and all health issues, are still an important battles to win, and because I know where the money goes and what it supports--life-saving services for those who most need them. Whatever you can do, small or large, matters more than I can say.
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