Founded in 1987, we started as a small, non-medical hospice for people dying of AIDS. Clients were relatively young gay/bisexual men with AIDS. The average lifespan was two years from diagnosis to death.
Caracole House was the first licensed adult care facility in Ohio for people living with HIV/AIDS. It was in this six-bed, home-like atmosphere that volunteers and staff offered around-the-clock company and care to clients, creating an environment in which dignity was assured for those dying of AIDS. Our mission at the time of founding was to provide safe, affordable housing and supportive services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.
In the mid-1990s with the advent of life-saving drug regimens, clients began living longer, healthier lives which changed their needs and our services, including who we serve. These changes offered Caracole opportunities to better meet needs of people living with HIV/AIDS via expanded, new and innovative programs consistent to our mission.
Today, while treatment and prevention are available, the HIV epidemic has not gone away. It remains a significant humanitarian, public health and economic issue. Until we find a cure, we remain in the fight against HIV/AIDS.