"Home To Be Named After Father, Son Taylors Were Pioneers In AIDS Fight." Charlotte Observer (11/28/1990)

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"Home To Be Named After Father, Son Taylors Were Pioneers In AIDS Fight." Charlotte Observer (11/28/1990)


Karen Garloch




Describes circumstances of the efforts to establish the Taylor Home, an AIDS care facility in the Charlotte area similar to House of Mercy. Construction of the Taylor Home resulted in legal challenges from nearby residences, with the courts ruling against the Taylor Home.


Charlotte, NC


Charlotte Observer



House of Mercy Archive: Binder 1 (1990-1999)


Home To Be Named After Father, Son Taylors Were Pioneers In AIDS Fight

Staff Writer

A proposed Charlotte refuge for homeless people with AIDS will be named the Taylor Home, in honor of Samuel Taylor and his father, Dr. Andrew Taylor, who both died of AIDS.

Calvin Hefner, chairman of the Brothers Foundation, a nonprofit group organized in May 1988 to provide homes for people with AIDS, announced the name Tuesday in conjunction with the beginning of a fund drive to renovate the Charlotte house.

Samuel Taylor, who died Jan. 10 at age 40, had been one of the original board members of the Brothers Foundation.

He also volunteered for Metrolina AIDS Project, a Charlotte support agency for people with AIDS, and was one of the first people in the community to speak publicly about his disease.
“Sam was very well-known in the city," Hefner said. "He did a lot of excellent work for MAP and spoke to many church groups and school groups. He tried to help people understand that, "Yes, it can happen to anyone.'*
Samuel Taylor apparently contracted the AIDS virus through contaminated blood transfusions that he received in 1984, when he was being treated for leukemia.

The American Red Cross didn't begin testing blood for the AIDS virus until March 1985.
Dr. Andrew Taylor, a well known Charlotte allergist who had retired in 1981, may have been infected with the AIDS virus while caring for his son.
The elder Taylor died in June 1989 at the age of 80. The Taylor Home, a one-story house in north Charlotte, must be renovated before it can become home to six people with AIDS and a resident manager, Hefner said.
Anyone over 18, at any stage of the disease, may apply to live in the home. Counseling, transportation, food, some medical care and legal services will be provided.
A $12,000 grant from the St. Francis Fund of Christ Episcopal Church will help with renovation, but the foundation is trying to raise $50,000 more for the project.
For now, only two homes for people with AIDS exist in North Carolina, one each in Durham and Raleigh. Another is planned for Belmont by the Sisters of Mercy.
To apply for housing or to contribute to Taylor Home, write Boyd Coarsey, executive director, The Brothers Foundation, P.O. Box 36512, Charlotte, N.C. 28236. Or call him at 358-0411, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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