Empowering and supporting people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Maine through integrative care, education, advocacy, and prevention services.
Through continued innovation and a dedicated client-centered approach, we envision an end to HIV transmission and AIDS-related deaths.
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.
Our Statement on Equity, Diversity + Inclusion
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.
FPC acknowledges that an equitable present and lasting future requires conscious action from all of us, and an awareness that these actions are intrinsic to achieving our mission, upholding our values and supporting the health and well-being of our community.
FPC denounces any form of racism or discrimination as it inhibits access to care and threatens the dignity of those we serve. We will continue to work with community partners, advocates, clients, funders and vendors to strengthen our programs through this lens, ensuring our services contribute to an equitable society.
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 facing substance misuse and/or mental health issues
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 Southern Maine, as well as other private foundations and donors.
Our History: 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.
Board of Directors
Justin Burkhardt President, he/him
Michael McDonald, Vice President, he/him
David Masengesho, Treasurer, he/him
Tiffany Townsend, NP, AAHIVS, Secretary, she/her
Teddy Burrage, he/him
KJ Gormley, they/them
Theo Greene, PhD, he/him
Sarah Lewis, she/her
Jimmy Lucibello, he/him
Timothy D. Stein, Esq. he/him
Caitlin Eldridge, MSW she/her
Deborah Shields, JD, MPH she/her
Chloe Swerdlow, she/her
Agency Executive Staff
Katie Rutherford, she/her
Lorena Delcourt, she/her