RAIN is one of the largest HIV nonprofits in the Carolinas providing direct client services. The organization is widely recognized for its unique model and expertise in working with persons living with HIV. RAIN educates and advocates for all people with HIV and works for a greater understanding of the virus and its impact. RAIN enables all to live fully with or without HIV.
Medical Case Management*: Assisting adults living with HIV (ages 25 and older) in obtaining community resources necessary for maintaining good health and eliminating barriers to effective treatment.
EPY (Empowering Positive Youth)*: Providing compassionate care to youth living with HIV (ages 13 to 24) with peer counseling, referrals to support services, medical case management, education on HIV/STI prevention and support in learning to live with HIV.
Health Insurance Assistance*: Assisting eligible individuals in successfully navigating the health insurance options to meet their unique medical needs. Also providing financial assistance for premiums and other out of pocket costs for those living with HIV.
Counseling Services: Providing virtual and on-site mental health support to clients as they work through issues related to a HIV diagnosis, anxiety, depression, trauma and substance abuse.
PrEP Program (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)*: Connecting HIV negative people to a prescribing physician to obtain medication and implementing risk reduction techniques to reduce the risk of exposure to HIV.
Early Intervention Services (EIS)*: Linking individuals who have fallen out of care or newly diagnosed and face the most barriers to effective treatment, adherence and viral suppression.
HIV/STI Testing*: Offering free and confidential testing through community events, by appointment and Wednesday evenings in our Uptown office (5 to 7 PM) in partnership with the Health Department.
CREW (Community Resources for Empowerment & Wellness): Helping individuals decide if they are ready for treatment through a holistic wellness program that focuses on harm reduction based one-on-one counseling, group support and substance use treatment.
Research Studies: Studying HIV ART (Anti-Retroviral Therapy) usage and adherence, viral load maintenance, mental health and wellness, substance use, sexual health, stigma, disclosure, HIV wellness and the use of PrEP.
Awareness & Prevention Outreach*: Providing free programs to educate the community on HIV/STI prevention and promote the end of HIV stigma including in person or virtually community presentations and classes, street outreach and information booths.
Support Groups: Offering support groups for adults (open group) and youth (closed group) living with HIV.
Multiple studies show housing stability plays an important role in optimal health outcomes. RAIN and The Havens’ initiative provides safe, affordable housing for individuals living with HIV or other disabilities. The Havens is an important facet of Charlotte’s scarce affordable housing network.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provided funding in 1995 to build affordable housing for people living with disabilities. The complex operates with oversight from a board of directors under The Havens’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. In 2020, The Havens’ board requested RAIN’s expertise in support services, management, and fundraising to ensure the apartment complex’s availability for people living with HIV and/or disabilities.
On March 1, 2021, The Havens expanded its board of directors to strengthen its mission. Debbie Warren, retired Founder, President & CEO of RAIN, leads the board, with additional support from RAIN board members. An advisory committee of community members provides extensive professional experience from multiple sectors. The Havens operates under its 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation; RAIN provides programmatic and fundraising support.