Q: Who can become a member of the Boston Living Center?
Anyone who has medical documentation indicating they are living with HIV/AIDS can become a member of the BLC. Please see our Becoming a Member page to learn more.


Q: Why become a member of the BLC?
A: Becoming a member of the BLC is a way for people living with HIV/AIDS to join a welcoming and safe community, make new friends, learn new things and get the support they need to thrive while living with HIV/AIDS. Members are part of a vibrant community which always welcomes new faces!


Q: Does it cost anything to join the BLC?
Membership is free to anyone living with HIV/AIDS. Once you are a member, all BLC services are free of charge.


Q: How do I become a member?
 New member welcome and orientations are held on Tuesdays by appointment. You can make an appointment by calling our Member Services department at 617-236-1012 or by stopping and signing up for an intake. Please bring a photo ID, income verification (even if it’s zero), and proof of HIV status to your intake appointment. You may want to visit our Becoming a Member page for more information.


Q: What kinds of services does the BLC have to offer people living with HIV/AIDS?
The BLC offers a wide range of services focusing on nourishment, support, holistic healing, education, prevention and community building among members. These include Peer Services, Nutrition Services, Education Services and Wellness Services. You may call our front desk at 617-236-1012 for more information.


Q: How can I help out at the BLC if I am not HIV positive?
The BLC is always looking for volunteers to help serve meals, teach computer classes, help with special events and many other activities around the Center. If you are interested in volunteering, please see our Volunteer page or contact Corporate & Community Engagement Manager Eve Rabinowitz at volunteer@vpi.org or at 617-541-0222 x144.


Q: How is the BLC funded?
The BLC receives funding through city, state and federal grants, private foundations and corporate partnerships. The Center also receive funding from individual donors who make up a large portion of the BLC’s funding. Additionally, the Center relies on funding raised through special events each year.


Q: In what ways can I donate to support the BLC?
 The Boston Living Center and it’s members depend on the support and generosity of our community to help keep our programs running. There are many ways to give to the BLC from becoming a monthly donor by joining Victory Programs’ Cornerstone Society to hosting or participating in fundraising events. To learn more you can visit our Giving Options page.


Q: Are there other donations, besides financial ones, that I can make to the BLC?
The Boston Living Center always needs in-kind donations, including: personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hair brushes, tissue, etc.), art supplies (paints, brushes, paper, glitter, etc.), backpacks, etc. We need to limit what we take to the specific items on our wish list. Please let us know ahead of time what you are donating by calling 617-236-0222.