Location: Charlotte, NC
President and CEO
RAIN ensures access to personalized care for individuals and their families who are living with HIV and associated chronic conditions. RAIN also seeks to promote disease prevention and awareness. “Our work is a response to the growing HIV epidemic in the Southern U.S.,” says Debbie Warren, president and CEO of RAIN.
Quick Tip: “Take time to know and appreciate your staff members. Take time to really listen to their challenges and hear about their successes.”
For Warren, helping HIV-positive patients improve their lives is a highly personal mission. “My work as a hospital chaplain put me in touch with many people suffering with AIDS in the early ‘90s,” says Warren. “Many of these people were isolated, lonely and needed help with practical needs like housekeeping, food preparation, transportation to the doctor and picking up medications. I organized CareTeams from faith communities who offered these things, but primarily offered friendship and kindness.” This early volunteer effort eventually developed into RAIN.
RAIN hosts a fundraiser called Gay Bingo Charlotte, which features “fun, outrageous costumes, song, dance, fabulous prizes and totally unconventional bingo games led by an all-volunteer cast,” says Warren. The event has drawn as many as 2,000 attendees.