The Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation (CBWF) is a grass-roots, community based 501 (c) (3) organization, with a long standing history of providing services to those in our community that are often disenfranchised, taking on causes to fill gaps in service that no other agency provides.
CBWF was founded in 1986, as the Coastal Bend AIDS Foundation, by a group of concerned citizens, who wanted to help people dying of AIDS. The group started by delivering food and blankets from the trunk of a car. As the disease became more chronic rather than acute, and funding became available for additional services, the agency grew to provide additional support services for those living with HIV and AIDS.
We are proud of those brave people who started this agency in a time when there was no much fear and discrimination against those with HIV/AIDS. We continue in their footsteps, by never wavering in our commitment to identify the gaps of care in our community and seeking ways to feel those needs, only concerned with helping and making a difference. We do this all, for the sake of one.
In 2012, the board of directors decided to change the name of the agency, to better fit the array of services provided. Today, the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation still honors its founding members by providing HIV/AIDS specific medical treatment and support services, but also encompasses programs for the entire community.
Current services include mental health and substance abuse programs, infectious disease testing and education, youth education to provide information the dangers of drug use. coastal Bend Wellness Foundation is also a Federally Qualified Health Center, now able to provide primary health care to everyone in our service region.
CBWF serves economically disadvantaged persons in the Corpus Christi Health Service Delivery Area (HSDA) located in the Coastal Bend of South Texas, along and around the Gulf of Mexico. While CBWF continues to serve those living with HIV/AIDS, we also provide the Texas Coastal Bend area with primary health care, outreach, education, prevention, and intervention, actively encourage and support mobilization through group and individual advocacy, and leverage resources to support service delivery systems to address community needs.
In 2015, CBWF became a federally qualifies health center. We now are proud to be able to provide primary health care to anyone, regardless of the ability to pay or insurance status. Since its inception, CBWF has consistently pursued development of service programs that translated its mission statement from a planning concept into action, moving it towards the reality of a seamless continuation of health care and support services for those most in need
The mission of the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation is to take the lead in providing health and wellness initiatives through treatment, awareness, education, advocacy, and services.