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Victory Programs receives $100K grant for HIV/AIDS programs

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  July 3, 2013 12:02 PM

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The Boston-based non-profit Victory Programs has received a $100,000 grant for its community resource center people living with HIV/AIDS.

Victory Programs, which serves individuals and families struggling with homelessness, drug and alcohol addition, mental illness and chronic illnesses, was one of 100 local non-profit organizations to receive a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation’s new $100K for 100 program.

“Victory Programs is so grateful to be among the 100 recipients of this remarkable gift,” Jonathan Scott, president and CEO of Victory Programs, said in a statement. “Cummings Foundation’s commitment to underserved populations is inspirational, and their grant will make an enormous impact on the lives of so many living with HIV/AIDS in greater Boston for years to come.”

The organization, chosen from more than 370 applicants, will use the money to support its Boston Living Center, New England’s largest community resource center people living with HIV/AIDS. The center is located on Stanhope Street in the Back Bay.

“We are delighted to support Victory Programs in its admirable efforts to break down barriers to housing and health care for people living with HIV/AIDS,” Joel Swets, the Cummings Foundation’s executive director, said in a statement.

The foundation selected local charities that serve areas where Cummings Properties manages buildings in order to give back in the communities where the grant funds were raised.

“As the primary beneficiary of commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties, the Foundation is very committed to the 10 communities in which the firm manages buildings, as well as the hometowns of its 350 staff members,” Swets said.

The other grant recipients focus on a wide variety of causes, including education, healthcare, homelessness, and social justice. Many of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

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