"$75,000 Will go Toward AIDS Patients' Home," Charlotte Observer (01/05/1991)

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"$75,000 Will go Toward AIDS Patients' Home," Charlotte Observer (01/05/1991)


Macon Morehouse


Describes House of Mercy's award of a grant from the Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Family Foundation.


Charlotte Observer




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


$75,000 Will Go Toward AIDS Patients' Home

Staff Writer

BELMONT - The Sacred Heart Convent in Belmont has received a $75,000 grant for its planned home for AIDS patients. The grant will be divvied up over a three-year period.

"It's wonderful," Sister Mary Wright "said Friday. The grant means: "we're almost halfway there" to the $166,000 it will take to run the home each year.

The home will provide six beds for acquired immune deficiency syndrome patients who need a place to live their final days. The patients will receive health care, emotional and spiritual support.

When the Belmont home opens in February or March, it will become the third family-type home for AIDS patients in North Carolina. Raleigh and Durham have similar homes. A fourth one may open in Charlotte in April.

The $75,000 grant came from the Greensboro-based Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Family Foundation. The foundation, created in 1955, generally supports nonprofit organizations.

For Wright, getting the grant underscored a growing understanding of the AIDS problem.

“For me, it's just a real boost that these foundations are responding to the AIDS issue," Wright said.

Enough money already has been raised to build the $280,000 house. The location will be kept secret for privacy.

Wright said she's already received several inquiries for beds, which will be open to Gaston and Mecklenburg AIDS patients.

Through December, 104 people in Gaston County had tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS; 25 people had been diagnosed with the disease.

Want To Help?
Send donations to The House of Mercy; Attn. Sister Mary Wright, Sacred Heart Convent, Belmont, N.C. 28012.

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