Charles Long of St. Joseph has been a volunteer transporter for CARES since January, 2011. During that time, he has logged over 3,700 miles and spent over 155 hours transporting clients to medical appointments.
On Thursday, July 25th, Charles was recognized for his volunteer efforts at the United Way Community Volunteer Celebration and Recognition Dinner held at the Heritage Center in St. Joseph.
He was given the “Powerful Giving Award—Health” for his efforts. The award is a beautiful glass paperweight created by a student at Water Street Glassworks in the Benton Harbor Arts District, along with a framed certificate. Charles also received a certificate of appreciation for his efforts as a volunteer in the community.
Charles was among dozens of volunteers from Berrien and Cass Counties who were nominated by area non-profits that receive funding from United Way of Southwest Michigan.
A “Thank you” from all of us at CARES to Charles Long for his dedication to our clients!
Peer Educators Can Make The Difference In Treatment Adherence
“Being ‘peered’ is different from being doctored, nursed or counseled,” said Maithe Enriquez, an associate professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri. She developed a peer-led intervention that helps persons living with HIV adhere to their treatment plans. “The peer educators in the intervention also have HIV, which gives them insider perspectives. Perhaps, the belief that only those living with HIV can truly understand what it’s like to live with the disease contributes to the meaningful connections between the educators and the patients struggling to adhere to treatment.”