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- Debbie Warren oral history interview 3, 2016 September 26
Debbie Warren oral history interview 3, 2016 September 26
In this third interview, Reverend Debbie Warren, founder and CEO of the Regional Interfaith AIDS Network (RAIN) in Charlotte, North Carolina, focuses on the importance of care team work conducted by RAIN. For many years, RAIN's core care team coordinators consisted of Rev. Warren, Rev. Stephanie Spelling Henderson (African Methodist Episcopal Zion), Rev. Amy Brooks (Unitarian), and Rev. Debbie Kidd (Baptist). Care teams were organized within individual churches, where groups of congregants worked directly with persons with AIDS to support them physically and emotionally over the long term of their illness. All four reverends underwent chaplaincy training for supporting people with AIDS at Carolinas Medical Center under the guidance of Cathy Hasty. In 2002, Rev. Warren and RAIN were awarded the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award. Along with a monetary reward, Rev. Warren explains how she and members of RAIN were given the opportunity to engage with other social justice leaders from around the country. She also addresses the organization's relationships with media outlets, pharmaceutical companies, and health insurance providers, as well as the new challenges RAIN faced by the mid-2000s, such as case management and volunteerism. Rev. Warren describes how fundraising was a significant challenge that she learned to manage over time, and also relates the challenges of serving AIDS suffers in Charlotte along with the Metrolina AIDS Project (MAP), as both organizations had different ways of operating while simultaneously relying on the same funding.