Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry

From the beginning the Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance (formerly the Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry) has responded creatively and compassionately to meet the needs of one of society's most vulnerable populations: chronically homeless individuals living with HIV. In the epidemic?s earliest days Alexian Brothers took dying men into their own homes and cared for them. In 1989 the Brothers expanded this hospice ministry converting a vacant convent in Chicago?s Lakeview neighborhood into a residence that became Bonaventure House. A decade later the Brothers opened a second facility in Lake County Illinois to extend the same services to the northern metro area. As medical advances prolonged the lives of people with HIV the Alexian ministry changed its focus to provide transitional supportive housing in 2009. Responding to the housing crisis for people living with HIV Alexian Brothers' ministry expanded its programs to include permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people with HIV.

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