About Being Alive

Our Mission: To end HIV infections by eliminating stigma, engaging people in wellness, removing barriers to care, and restoring dignity.

Being Alive is a nonprofit client-driven organization focusing on the mental health and wellness of people living with HIV and AIDS. Our services to our client-members include a variety of no-cost programs, such as; comprehensive emotional support, treatment education, prevention, advocacy, wellness and social services. Our mental health program, Dignity Plus, offers long term therapy for clients infected with and affected by HIV.

Established in 1986 by three friends, John Mohr, Ron Rose, and Rick Ewing, Being Alive was created as a response to a need for services free of red tape and bureaucratic entanglement. These three visionaries saw the need for an organization made up of other people living with HIV and AIDS who would advocate for the HIV/AIDS community from the point of view of those who are infected. Today, Being Alive serves as a beacon of emotional support, treatment education, and empowerment to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS.

How do I qualify to become a member?

Want to become a member of Being Alive? Fill out our member application and provide proof of your medical status and you can enjoy all that Being Alive has to offer.

Work with us?

If you are interested in working with Being Alive, fill out the form on the contact page or call the main office and let us know what you would like to.

DIRECTORS

CARLA FORD, ESQ. – PRESIDENT

Employment Attorney, Private Practice

BILL WRIGHT

Area General Manager, Excel Hotel Group

JASON CUPP, EdD

Director of Financial Aid, Columbia College – Hollywood

LATRESE SUMMERS

Ambassador, Unique Women’s Coalition

MARK J LOPEZ

Recovery Facilitator, LA County Jails

TINA FLORES

Executive Assistant, Van Ness Recovery House

Staff

GARRY GEORGE BOWIE

Executive Director, Being Alive

JAMIE BAKER

Program Manager – Mental Health & Wellness Center

BECKY HARDIN

HIV Navigation Specialist & Community Outreach Manager

SILVIA JIMENEZ

HIV Navigation Specialist