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At HIV refuge, new hope and old face

Kessler halts retirement to help Living Center recover from trauma

A little more than a year ago, Boston Living Center was crumbling and its future in doubt. Its executive director had stolen tens of thousands of dollars from its coffers to feed a gambling habit, leaving the center on the brink of closure and its members with the bitter taste of betrayal.

Now, the region’s largest refuge for people living with HIV and AIDS is on its feet again. Clients are surging. Finances are strong. And recently it hired as executive director Larry Kessler, a longtime crusader for people living with HIV and AIDS.

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