Podcast about the Center for Health and Hope
The Senator George McGovern Center recently hosted a 30 minute podcast with our Center Director, Don Messer. You might like to listen for a few minutes at least!
Dr. Messer chose to focus on what the Center was doing and how this related to the famous Senator's commitment to global health and development around the world. Hear a wide ranging interview that touches on Rwanda, India, Kenya, and challenges facing Trans persons.
Some of you are too young to remember Senator McGovern or his passionate efforts to stop the devastating Vietnam War as well as his lifetime commitment to ending world hunger. He never blinked in the face of controversy and he never quit, even when facing defeat.
The Center for Health and Hope is Celebrating!!
The Center and its Executive Director/Founder Dr. Donald E. Messer were honored with a "Community Impact" Award August 17 by the premier HIV organization serving the African-American community in the Denver Area: It Takes A Village.
Describing their organization as a "Black-run and woman-run organization," Ms. Imani Latif heralded Messer as "her hero" since "he could be retired and doing whatever he wanted, but instead works with the most needy in rural India and countries in Africa. His advocacy and leadership, eliminating stigma and discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons around the world, has saved the lives of many."
She noted how Messer and the Center have supported recently incarcerated persons living with HIV to get immediate shelter and counsel after being released from prison in Colorado.
"I do what I do," says Messer, "because I despise discrimination. But I am deeply touched to be honored by this special grassroots organization in the forefront of the struggle against stigma." It Takes A Village
Published in the YourHub section of the Denver Post: "COVID-19 Increases Global Hunger, Local
Non-Profit Responds," written by Dr Don Messer.
In honor of Father's Day, Dr Messer speaks to the Northglenn UMC Congregation about the 361 AIDS orphans the Center sponsors in Kenya, and in particular, those that their wonderful church helps.
Dr Messer shares the impact of COVID-19 on increasing worldwide hunger in this podcast.
Dr Don Messer, Executive Director of the Center for Health and Hope, Reflects on Race in America and His Experience Marching with Martin Luther King Jr.
Center Sponsors Three India Seminars: Facing LGBTQ & AIDS Discrimination
How can I become a professional social worker when I believe the Bible condemns LGBTQ persons?" was the question posed to Center Executive Director Dr. Don Messer at one of three seminars sponsored in India. Attendees were eager to expand their knowledge both of HIV and what it means to be gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgendered.
Participants were persons of Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, & Christian backgrounds, seeking insight and information at conferences in Calcutta, Chennai, and Trichy. "People struggle with dysfunctional faiths that betray their own rationality or noble impulses toward acceptance," says Messer. "These seminars are one key way the Center seeks to encourage inclusiveness and stamp out stigma."