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a clients story

Golden Rainbow assists more than 600 people each year. The following story was told as part of a series about Golden Rainbow, heard on Nevada Public Radio.

I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1997. I got fired from my employer because I was missing a lot of days from work because of the doctors appointments, and I would be in the hospital for almost three weeks. So they fired me, and that’s when a social worker introduced my case to the Golden Rainbow organization.

I didn’t know the city, I had no family here, and I knew it would be very, very hard for us. I have two children, two boys, ages 14 and 17 now, and my wife is also diagnosed with HIV. Unfortunately, I don’t like to make a lot of plans ahead, because we really don’t know what will happen to us.

Suddenly your life changed, and it is very hard to accept that you have this kind of illness. But, you have to learn to live with it and learn about the disease and try to help other people who may be in the same situation can say a lot of things about Golden Rainbow. They provide us with a house with a very low monthly payment. I owe them my life. I really don’t know what will happen to us. It’s been almost 10 years, and I think I owe those years and my family’s years to the help we get from Golden Rainbow

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