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Audrey Chavez was a student in my public speaking class. She is also a much loved community leader and I am happy to call her my friend. After her brother, Ricky Montoya, died of AIDS, Audrey established the first AIDS Hospice home in Bakersfield. Since the early 90s Ricky's retreat has provided a sanctuary of love, acceptance and care for people as they pass from this world. In addition to Ricky's Retreat, Audrey began and continues to be a driving force behind Bakersfield AIDS project. Bakersfield AIDS project supports people affected by HIV/AIDS and their families throughout the city.
Every year BAP provides GET bus passes, holiday meals, back to school supplies, a children's camp during Spring Break and continuous advocacy for people in the city affected by HIV/AIDS.
Audrey and her husband Martin have become the heart of the Bakersfield LGBTQ community. Everyone knows that if you need a hug, Audrey will always greet you with open arms.
-- Helen Acosta
I have met Audrey several times at fundraising events that she has hosted. Even more, I know her by her reputation and acts. She is an extremely warm, caring, active person who puts a ton of work into the community.
-- Gloria Dumler