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I Am My Brother and Sister’s Keeper: Love in Action Through Faith Initiative Launch Event

March 24 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

WHAT: “I Am My Brother and Sister’s Keeper”: a prayer and fellowship service honoring HIV/AIDS advocates, past and present
WHEN: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 24
WHERE: Full Life Deliverance Ministries, 100 Sylvania Ave., Pittsburgh, 15210
CONTACT: Clarisse Jordan, jordan.clarisse@yahoo.com, 412-871-8186

Clarisse Jordan has been a tireless HIV/AIDS advocate for decades, due in part to her own diagnosis of HIV.

“I feel like HIV for me is one of those things that God allowed because of the people I could help,” she said. “Once I realized that this was not my punishment, then I decided that I was not going to be ashamed. I was not going to be in hiding. The virus that I have, it’s part of who I am.”

Jordan had to learn how to navigate the disease on her own and determined that she didn’t want others to experience the difficulties that she had. “That’s what really started me into volunteering and to be an activist,” she said.

Now, Jordan is shining a spotlight on others in the Pittsburgh area who have worked to support those living with HIV and AIDS with “I Am My Brother and Sister’s Keeper,” a prayer and fellowship service honoring past and present HIV/AIDS advocates.

The event also marks the launch of Love in Action Through Faith Initiative. The initiative, a nonprofit organization founded by Jordan, will bridge the gap between the church and AIDS service organizations, offering educational opportunities at local churches about the prevention of HIV/AIDS and the support available for those living with HIV.

Sunday’s event is in honor of the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of HIV/AIDS and Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, both of which are marked in March.

The service will feature prayer and personal perspectives. Additionally, Jordan announced that nine people will be recognized for their work in HIV/AIDS advocacy.

Toye Staver and Pamela Simpson, both deceased, will have awards named for them. The first Toye Staver Lifetime Faith Advocacy Awards will be presented to Rev. Dr. Marla Johnson and Rev. Myrna Hollenbeck. Five people will receive the Pamela Simpson Advocacy Award: Diana P. Byas, Lisa Dukes-Garner, Pamela Smith, Sheila Taylor, and Yvette Williams.

Jordan said the initiative plans to present these awards annually.

“For me, I feel like that God allowed this (HIV) to not just be something that was going to happen to me,” Jordan said. “He allowed it to become my ministry.”

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March 24
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Full Life Deliverance Ministries
100 Sylvania Avenue
Pittsburgh,PA15210United States
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(412) 481-2310


Clarisse Jordan
(412) 871-8186