Greetings AICH Community
I am Curtis Harris Davia, San Carlos Apache, and I am honored to have been asked to step in as the temporary volunteer Executive Director at AICH. I arrived in New York City in 1989 and my first day I went to the Community House at 404 Lafayette St. I was greeted by Rudy Martin and Rosemary Richmond and from there the staff helped me find housing and offered me a job as a Community Health Representative. It was in 1991 that I organized the HIV Project and served as the Director until 1999. After leaving the Community House as a Staff member, I served on the Board from 2002 to 2008. Also from 2002 to 2017 I worked in Academia as a Grants Administrator. I am currently retired and have offered my assistance to the organization in achieving the following:
1. Secure funding to support the organization, including staffing. I am hoping to bring in funding to support the Executive Director position, which then can be opened to the Community. I do not have the intention of applying for it. I want to reiterate that I am contributing my own time to assist the organization and am not getting paid. If someone from the Community wishes to serve in the current position, please let the Board know. I welcome any assistance in rebuilding the organization.
2. Work with the Board on securing a permanent space for the organization.
3. Work with the Board on addressing the financial challenges facing the organization.
4. Work with the Volunteer Staff on programs and activities that AICH continues to offer.
We welcome everyone who wants to volunteer their time and energy to rebuilding the Community House. Since 1969, the Community House has been an open and inclusive place. Many of us even got our start in New York City because we found AICH. I want the Community House to continue to serve the Native American Community for the next seven generations. With that in mind we are beginning to plan for next year’s AICH 50th anniversary. We need your help and support in planning so if you have an interest please contact me at the number below.
Finally, I invite you to meet me, the Board and the Volunteer Staff at a “meet and greet” reception on October 2, at 6:00 pm. We are located at 39 Eldridge St, 4th floor. Our phone number is 646-575-3638. We are located near the B and D lines at Grand Street. We look forward to seeing you at the reception.
Curtis Harris Davia