“I feel comfortable when I come to Tri-City Health Center. I am surrounded with a lot of love and all the staff members played a part in my life and recovery. They really comfort me and other clients that come through this door”
Andrea Hendrix is a proud mother of 8 children. She was a school teacher and active volunteer at the Berkeley Police department for 15 years until the economic recession hit her hard. In 1986, Andrea struggled with homelessness, transferring back and forth from shelter to shelter. Her history of seizures, bipolar disorder, and cirrhosis of the liver made access to health care vital.
Andrea was first referred to Tri-City Health Center (TCHC) while staying at a women’s shelter in Berkeley. Utilizing the free HIV testing at the shelter, Andrea discovered that she was HIV positive at the age of 18. Soon after, Andrea started attending Richmond Rescue Mission where she met an HIV positive woman who introduced her to TCHC’s Homeless Outreach and People Empowerment (HOPE) Project.
Overwhelmed with medical expenses, Andrea felt that she had no more options. TCHC helped her enroll in AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to receive access for HIV medications to help prevent the onset of related opportunistic infections.
As a result of the program and help of medical providers, Andrea has improved her health greatly. In addition, she received counseling services from TCHC to help her transition from smoking nearly 5 packs of cigarettes a day to 4 cigarettes a day.
“When I first came to Tri-City Health Center, I was at the door of AIDS. Dr. Higgins turned me around, he saved my life. He’s not just a doctor; he’s a dad, friend, and a very caring person”
Andrea has been a satisfied patient of Tri-City Health Center since 1986 and plans to be a loyal patient for the years to come.