Who We Are & Who We Serve

Mission

Empowering and supporting people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Maine through integrative care, education, advocacy, and prevention services.

Vision

Through continued innovation and a dedicated client-centered approach, we envision an end to HIV transmission and AIDS-related deaths.

Values

Frannie Peabody Center is driven by our extensive history of delivering client-centered services and support for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, co-occurring conditions, and barriers to care. Frannie Peabody Center fosters compassion, resilience, courage, transparency, inclusiveness, collaboration, and innovation, while remaining steadfast in our goals of supporting sustained health for our clients and the community as a whole.

FPC recognizes that oppression is easily replicated within the non-profit field, despite an organization’s stated mission, vision, and values. As such, the agency is committed to the ongoing process of evaluating, and implementing policies, procedures, and practices to ensure FPC is empowering, uplifting, and centering clients, staff, and community partners of historically marginalized identities within groups such as but not limited to: race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, class/socioeconomic status, age, ability, religion, native language, immigration status, and ethnicity.

Our Model: Wrap-around services that support sustained health

Providing access to care through case management, 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 provide the community with the tools that best meet individualized needs in preventing HIV infection.

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

Funding

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.

Frannie Peabody

“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.

Board of Directors

Michael R. Stevenson, PhD,  President

Michael McDonald, Vice President

David Masengesho, Treasurer

Justin Burkhardt, Secretary

Jared Bornstein

Teddy Burrage

Dr. Thomas Courtney, M.D.

KJ Gormley

Theo Greene, PhD

Eileen Levesque,  Pharm.D., CSP

Sarah Lewis

Jimmy Lucibello

Timothy D. Stein, Esq.

Tiffany L. Townsend, NP, AAHIVS

Leadership

Katie Rutherford, she/her
Executive Director

krutherford@peabodycenter.org

Lorena Delcourt, she/her

Finance Director

ldelcourt@peabodycenter.org

Manuela Arundel, she/her
Development Director

marundel@peabodycenter.org