To prevent the spread of HIV and provide support for those living with HIV/AIDS in Maine.
Through continued innovation and a dedicated client-centered approach, we envision an End to AIDS in Maine by 2030.
Frannie Peabody Center’s programs are driven by a long, extensive history of providing compassionate care to those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Drawing from its early years as The AIDS Project and Peabody House, the organization remains resilient, courageous, and steadfast in its goals to support sustained health for clients and the community as a whole.
Our Model: Wrap-around services that support sustained health
Providing access to care through case management, support services, behavioral health counseling, and housing assistance programs supports individuals in adhering to critical HIV medication, thus lowering HIV viral load. Sustained viral load suppression reduces the risk of transmitting HIV and contributes to lasting health and wellness. Our risk-reduction, education, and HIV testing services provides the community with the tools that best meet individualized needs in preventing HIV infection. View our Annual Report
Frannie Peabody Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our programs receive funding from various sources, including: Part B of the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program (HOPWA), Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Maine Office of MaineCare Services, United Way of Greater Portland and York County as well as other private foundations.
Who We Serve
Frannie Peabody Center clients face a diverse set of challenges and come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. Clients range in age from a few years to over seventy, and represent several different races, ethnicities, and countries of origin; illustrating the fact that HIV/AIDS affects all of us.
Frannie Peabody Center serves over 400 people living with HIV/AIDS annually:
- 60% live below the Federal Poverty Line
- 35% are survivors of domestic violence
- 33% have a history of or are currently homeless
- 75% are dealing with substance abuse and/or mental health issues
“Frannie took the nearly invisible movement of AIDS activism in Maine and made it instantly respectable… We were out to stop the disease, nothing less, and Frannie was going to be our Joan of Arc.” – John Preston
Through our name and our work, we are proud to honor the memory and celebrate the legacy of Frances W. Peabody (1903-2001), whose great energy and vision continue to be instrumental in providing HIV/AIDS services and programs in Southern Maine.
Catapulted into the HIV/AIDS epidemic at the age of 80, when her eldest grandchild was diagnosed with AIDS, Frannie devoted herself wholeheartedly for the next 18 years to the needs of people with HIV/AIDS, their families and friends, and organizations that serve them.
Following the death of her grandson in 1984, Frannie joined an AIDS support group. She was the only straight, white-haired, elderly woman in a group of young gay men. Frannie went on to change the landscape of HIV/AIDS education and services in Maine, helping to establish Maine’s first AIDS hotline in 1985, Portland’s The AIDS Project (TAP) in 1985, and co-founding Peabody House in 1995.
For over 10 years, Frannie led a weekly support group for mothers, friends and family members of people with HIV/AIDS. The national leader in the Colonial Dames talked openly about condoms and sexuality to whomever would listen and was a staunch supporter of gay rights. Frannie testified before the Maine Legislature on the gay rights bill and in her final years was the Grand Marshall for the annual Pride Parade in Portland.
Following her death in June 2001, leaders from both Peabody House and The AIDS Project decided that naming the new, merged organization Frannie Peabody Center was the most fitting way to honor her legacy of service and advance compassionate care for years to come.
Recognized in Maine and nationally for her extraordinary leadership in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Frannie Peabody’s remarkable life of service and activism is an inspiration to all of those who work and volunteer at Frannie Peabody Center.
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