OASIS still facing funding crisis

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

OASIS also closed one of its two Pensacola offices and eliminated two positions.

OASIS assists people living with HIV and AIDS with medications, treatments, insurance challenges and counseling. In 2012, OASIS provided more than 900 free HIV tests and helped more than 200 people manage their HIV/AIDS diagnosis.

OASIS also hosts the annual Positive Living Conference, which is considered the oldest and largest conference for HIV-positive people in the nation. The event draws participants from across the nation.

The organizers of the conference learned of OASIS’ funding situation and also decided to help out.

“They’re going to start doing little fundraisers all over the country with people who usually attend the conference,” said McKay, who has been talking with supporters in Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and other parts of Florida.

The conference, which is usually held in March, has been moved to September, he added.

 OASIS also has received money from the  Red Ribbon Foundation to pay a consulting firm to help reorganize the nonprofit’s administrative structure.

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