We are recovering people who have had health challenges sharing how we are improving our lives and the lives of our families. Founded by recovering addicts who have survived AIDS, Hepatitis, and many other health challenges, The Wellness, Awareness & Recovery Community is providing a platform for us to share education, advocacy, resources, and linkage to care to those who chose to participate in their own salvation. Here we will share our challenges and triumphs; aspirations and talents with the people who understand us best.
Many of us are rearing grandchildren, have incarcerated children, dealing with varying degrees of health challenges and more. Similarly, many of have earned degrees, maintain professions and businesses of high regard and responsibility. We need a place online where we can share with others in our tribe who can lift us up. We need a place where we can maintain some level of privacy away from the major social networks.
The Wellness, Awareness & Recovery Community will provide courses and seminars that address the needs that life presents us with.
Education serves multiple objectives and the relative importance of each of the objectives can be very personal.
Advocacy is any activity by an individual or group we recognize that aim to influence member decisions.
Resources can be texts, videos, websites, and other materials that we use to assist members to meet the expectations they have for themselves.
The Reginald & Dionne Smith Foundation, Inc. (RDSF) was established on September 13, 2012, by Reggie Smith and his wife Dionne Smith. The organization was created to diminish the stigma and increase the awareness about the unmet needs of U.S. families affected by HIV and Hepatitis. The couple and their children had experienced the suffering caused by an HIV/AIDS diagnosis because Reggie had been living with AIDS since 1984. Added to this was the burden of the discovery that Reggie was co-infected with the Hepatitis C virus. As a result of their experiences, with the love and support of many, Reggie and Dionne focused their efforts on sharing holistic healing solutions for those infected and affected with HIV and/or Hepatitis. From their successful accomplishments, the RDSF was born.
During its early years, the foundation operated under the leadership of one of its founders, Reggie Smith. With financial support from a variety of sources, the organization was able to work with local and national partners such as HIV Anonymous, HCV Anonymous, Making-A-Way Housing, and the National Minority Clinical Research Association, to create and implement community education programs in live, web based, and print formats.
Today, the Reginald and Dionne Smith Foundation, Inc. remains a non-governmental organization which is committed to improving the health and welfare of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Substance Use Disorders.