PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A well-known HIV wellness center in Philadelphia has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a desperate attempt to stay financially afloat.
“We are 30 to 60 days away from closing our doors,” said Sarina DiBianca, executive director of Siloam Wellness center.
DiBianca says they need to raise upwards of half a million dollars in 30 days to stay afloat.
“Everyone comes here and gets their daily services, whatever that be, for free. We also have Lunch and Learns, we have a food pantry. Well, all of these things take funds,” DiBianca said.
She says the gap between donations, grants and the cost of providing services has grown so wide that they’ve reached the breaking point. In a last ditch effort to keep the doors open, DiBianca has started a GoFundMe campaign.
The center is hoping to raise $500,000.
“We would like to raise two years of operating cash,” she said.
Siloam provides counseling, education, food and other services to more than 30,000 people infected with HIV/AIDS.