A Message from the Executive Director and President, Board of Directors
In 1992, Bailey-Boushay House (BBH) was officially established in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle. We opened with 50 team members, 35 beds and two programs. Since that time, our programming and services have evolved just as HIV/AIDS has evolved from “fatal” to “chronic.”
When we first opened the doors to Bailey-Boushay, death surrounded us. In fact, half of King County residents who have died from HIV/AIDS have died in our building. Every single day was emotionally charged as we navigated our harsh reality. While it was tragic, we found comfort knowing that people were able to live their last days with dignity rather than neglect.
Since those early days, thanks to medical advancements, Bailey-Boushay House has grown to offer a range of services focused on helping people live well with HIV/AIDS through outpatient and inpatient programming. Services address the holistic needs of clients, from chemical dependency, to mental illness and depression, to homelessness, incarceration and, of course, other chronic diseases. By creating this foundation of support and trust, we see greater success with treatment and adherence.
A huge area of focus is the Housing Stability Project. Bailey-Boushay House is the only organization of its kind in the country to tackle permanent housing for those who are living with HIV/AIDS and are homeless. Through weekly drop-in classes, BBH meets people where they are in the community (such as shelters) and in-house to provide them the tools and skills to get off the streets, and teach them the basics of taking care of a home.
We've made great strides the past 25 years as the nation's first nursing care residence for people living with HIV/AIDS. We have provided a sense of community and care for thousands and thousands of people who live, not just here in Seattle, but across the Pacific Northwest, from Alaska to Idaho. But there is always more we can do to improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.
None of this could happen without the wonderful team at Bailey-Boushay or the support of our community.
President, Board of Directors