We are woman-visioned, woman and girl-focused, woman-managed and woman-led. This means that we are an organization that has been conceived and brought to life by women, and that our energy and resources are focused on improving and empowering the lives of girls and women. It also means we manage our day-to-day operations, and our programs and services are implemented by women for women whose lives have been dramatically changed by HIV/AIDS.

Our philosophy is that every woman who walks through our door is equal, whether she is a client, staff member, Board member or volunteer. Women are not judged on the basis of their educational achievements or credentials, or their socio-economic background. We are comprised of women from all walks of life who have come through our door to be served as clients, or to serve in the role of staff or volunteer. Whether women have “book knowledge,” “street knowledge,” or both, their contribution to our work is genuinely valued. As a collective, we are motivated by a common interest, and we work together to achieve a common goal of serving the needs of women of color living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Staffing is diverse in terms of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, social economic status, educational level and professional experience. It includes women with a wide range of life experiences, skills and professional expertise, and includes those living with HIV/AIDS. Staff members possess a mix of technical, administrative, outreach and advocacy skills, as well as first hand knowledge of reaching out to women and girls. It is not unusual to find that women who started out as clients become a part of the staff. This is an example of the self-empowerment theme that we live out each day as part and parcel of our organization’s ethos.