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- Barbara Rein oral history interview, 2017 June 29
Barbara Rein oral history interview, 2017 June 29
Barbara Rein recounts her time as the Executive Director of the Metrolina AIDS Project (MAP), in Charlotte, North Carolina, from 1993 to 1997. After working with the task force NO/AIDS in New Orleans, Louisiana Ms. Rein was guided to Charlotte, North Carolina by the organization's Executive Director Jeff Campbell, prior to his death from HIV/AIDS. Ms. Rein discusses Mr. Campbell's connection to MAP and soon after arriving in Charlotte, Ms. Rein became the Executive Director of MAP. Ms. Rein emphasizes the boundaryless nature of the work being done by MAP, as the non-profit organization was on the frontier of HIV/AIDS care in Charlotte. Ms. Rein discusses at length the importance of HIV/AIDS case management in guiding clients to important resources, services, and programs. As the Executive Director of MAP, Ms. Rein navigated a great deal of competing desires from the organization's board of directors, staff, donors, and clients. Ms. Rein reflects on the diverse clientele that relied on MAP's services, largely discussing gay men and African American women and children. Ms. Rein talks about working with pivotal donors such as the Foundation for the Carolinas and United Way, as well as the application process for federal funds. Locally, Ms. Rein discusses fund-raising from private donors, as well as hosting important local fund-raising events such as The White Party and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Ms. Rein reflects on the major chaos created by a large embezzlement scandal perpetrated by MAP's treasurer, causing the organization to lose over one hundred thousand dollars. However, after guiding MAP through this turmoil, Ms. Rein was successful in reaching MAP's goal budget of over one million dollars. Ms. Rein concludes by discussing her personal and professional path after leaving MAP in 1997.