index Caring for Mind, Body, and Spirit since 1988

HISTORY

The Wright House Wellness Center was founded in 1988 by PLWAs (Persons Living with AIDS) and several complementary/holistic health therapy practitioners who believed that many of the symptoms of chronic illnesses could be effectively treated with holistic/complementary health therapies. Although the initial program focused primarily on the needs of gay, white men infected with HIV/AIDS, The Center has changed over the past 27 years to include and serve those populations at greatest risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases as well as those who do not seek timely medical care - people of color (especially men who have sex with men and women) and recreational drug users in the lower income areas of Austin, Texas. As medical treatment for HIV/AIDS has changed from a focus on delaying death to a focus on managing illness and improving quality of life and productivity, The Center's programs and services have changed as well to emphasize treatment adherence, disease prevention and personal responsibility.

2001, The Center expanded complementary health therapy services to include hepatitis C (HCV).

2001, Ryan White Minority AIDS Initiative funding.

2003, “Most Hopeful Place,” Austin Chronicle Critic's Pick Award.

2003 and 2004, The Center received new funding awards for HIV/AIDS prevention, case management, food bank, substance abuse, mental health and prison-based
prevention/education programs.

2005 - 2010, The Center was awarded funding for the "Stop the Cycle" project, a Federal pilot program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration which provided HIV/HCV testing and prevention and prevention case management services to individuals with a history of incarceration and/or substance
abuse and at-risk for HIV and/or HCV.

2006, Joined Best Single Source collaboration.

2007, “Best Nonprofit Group,” Austin Chronicle Reader's Choice Award .

2009 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Finalist.

2009 - 2011 brought a collaboration with AIDS Services of Austin, Caritas and CrimePrevention Institute to provide case management services and direct client assistance to
individuals living with a chronic illness, who have a history of incarceration and who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Funding was provided by the Texas Department
of Housing and Community Affairs and lasted 2 years.

2010 - 2015, CDC HIV Prevention award.

2014, Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Non Profit of the Year.

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