Project PEARL is an initiative
of Christie's Place.

Christie’s Place is a nonprofit social service organization in San Diego County that provides HIV/AIDS education, support and advocacy. Our mission is to empower women, children, families and individuals whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS to take charge of their health and wellness. We are the only organization in San Diego County whose mission is dedicated to serving women, children and families living with HIV/AIDS.
 
Because HIV/AIDS affects everyone, Christie’s Place is dedicated to fulfilling our promise to successfully support and serve our clients and community.  We maintain an underlining principle of hope and instill a sense of empowerment to all of our clients.  It is this very experience and our open doors which make us a unique resource and endowment to the community.
 
For nearly two decades, Christie’s Place has built a staff  who are dedicated to strengthening individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.  We continue to be an agent of social change through our commitment to transforming lives by bettering the health and wellness of our clients.  Our integrity, expertise and longstanding foundation in the community, along with the delivery of family-centered and comprehensive social services, cultivates hope and empowers women, children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Lessons Learned from Project PEARL

From September 2022 to February 2024, Christie’s Place conducted a total of 6 Project Pearl cohorts with 49 people living with HIV. Evaluation of the project showed 88% overall satisfaction of the training, 100% said yes to the question “Has this program helped you envision yourself as a leader?”, and 97% said yes to the question “Has this program helped you become more able to speak up?”.  Additional data showed upon completion of the training nearly 100% of participants increased their knowledge with topics discussed during every learning module, 86% showed an increase in confidence in practicing advocacy skills presented in the specific modules, and 100% of participants marked that they are ready to advocate for the health and social care of people living with HIV.

Out of the 49 Project Pearl graduates, 13 (25%) have applied for or are currently part of the San Diego HIV Planning Group.  Four of the 13 graduates (31%) hold HPG leadership positions. The County of San Diego is currently procuring for a new round of leadership training and development program. The implementation of this new program is expected to start by March 2025 and will be expanded to all the five geographical regions of San Diego.

Our Vision

Until there is a cure, Christie’s Place is a leader committed to serving women, children, families and individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. By providing comprehensive social services in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment, we encourage those we serve to improve the quality of their lives.