LAH lost a good friend last week in the death of Eddie Pecktol. He was a character, a joy, a neighbor to all, a man of many talents. One of his last official outings was to receive the Railroader of the Year Award a couple of years ago. He was RR through and through--it even ran in his veins! As he left us, he would always say, "Down the line. . . ." We do hope to see you, too, Eddie, down the line. . . .
One of our senior neighbors suffered a home invasion last week. She was unhurt, but the very idea of someone invading her home WAS unthinkable!!! Not so. Be sure to check on your neighbors and their safety and security--starting with locking doors and windows. Get a phone call in to them regularly. Stop and look in on them regularly. Looking after our elders takes a village.
Electra, one of our seniors, has had successful hip replacement surgery. She is at Handmaker's for rehab. We all wish her well, but can send cards to: 2221 N. Rosemont, 85712.
Carolyn Maki, one of our longtime volunteers, is in rehab. Her health caused 4 broken ribs and a neck injury. If you would like to send her good wishes, mail them to THE FORUM of TUCSON@ 2500 N. Rosemont, 85712. AT this time, she does not want visitors. . . .
Market on the Move is back in motion with LAH volunteers and senior neighbors. There will be a second delivery at month's end --quick on the heels of the successful deliveries this last Saturday. Thanks to all who make this excellent effort--Greg Smith and Wallace Kinkade for leadership along with their crews! Thanks to our To'Hono O'Odham Tribe Grant for monies to invest in MOM too.
Bill Crouse and friends have made it their business to get home maintenance issues taken care of with our senior neighbors. Just recently, they took care of shower safety bars at one home and created a cement ramp and handrails at another. What magicians they are! Part of our LAH Village!
LAH has recently taken in 10+ new clients and one new volunteer. This ratio is not good! We need to keep up with the demand. Let your friends, neighbors, relatives know that LAH needs their help. Call: 248-6882.
Please Join Us for Lunch at Scordato's Italian Restaurant Sunday, Dec 1st, and Bring Your Friends!
You and your guests are invited to a luncheon at Scordato's at St. Phillips Plaza, that will benefit Lend a Hand!
Your tax-deductible donation is $35 per person.
Sunday, December 1st at 12 noon
Please note that Scordato's is contributing to Lend A Hand 40% of the price that it normally charges its customers for the food and beverage.
Reservations should be made by November 20th by emailing email@example.com Checks should be made out to Lend A Hand, and mailed to: Lend a Hand
Tucson, AZ 85717
Choose your Course at Scordato's...
Salad (Choice of 1)
Appetizer (Choice of 1)
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese & Sliced Tomato
Bruschetta (Garlic Toast with Tomato, Basil, Garlic & Parmesan Cheese
Roasted Asparagus tossed with Prosciutto Ham & Balsamic Reduction
Entree (Choice of 1)
Warm Chicken Salad with new potatoes and asparagus tossed with creamy vinaigrette
Chicken and Spinach Cannelloni
Dessert (Choice of 1)
Cheesecake with Prosecco Zabaglione
White Chocolate Gelato with Raspberry Sauce
Beverages (Choice of 1)
Sodas & Water: Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up, Ginger Ale, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Small Pellegrino or Panna
Juices: Cranberry, Orange, Grapefruit, Tomato, Pineapple
Coffee or Hot Tea, Expresso
I took in two new clients today as well and you will not believe my experience! Last week, I was able to drive our oldest client, 101, to the doctor. Today, she was displaced by a few months with our newest client who is 101, nearly 102. They deserve to meet one another as both are sharp, have lived long and FULL lives, and are still contributing to others. WOW!
I so enjoyed seeing those of you who could attend the brunch today. You truly are the heart of the organization. Without you, there is no hand to lend. I attach the poem I wrote as I thought of your dedication to our seniors:
Our Lend A Hand Volunteers
V very valuable VIPs
O offering oodles of time and talent to our senior
L ladies and gentlemen
U unsung heroes,
N neighbors helping neighbors walking
T the path of life
E each and everyone
E examples of
R responsible, reliable human beings providing
S safety, security, sympathy to our seniors. Selfless partners in LAH’s mission to keep seniors in their homes for as long as possible.
Here is your chance to clean out those cupboards, closets, sheds and garages. Recycle all those unwanted things to help our Lend a Hand Seniors!
Items can be dropped off starting the 13th of October, 1545 E Water St. Please phone Jane Hoffmann, 323-9299 for instructions on where to leave your donations. For large items that need to be picked up please call Jane, 323-9299 to make arrangements.
Please Join us in creating a successful LEND A HAND YARD SALE
DATE: SATURDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2013 (possibly Sunday, too)
TIME: 7:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
PLACE: 1545 E WATER STREET
At a surprise brunch on May 20, the Lend A Hand Board of Directors honored Michele Brubaker for her dedication to our Seniors. Michele works tirelessly -- interviewing clients, recruiting and training volunteers, connecting drivers with Seniors, and driving, driving, driving!
We couldn’t do it without you, Michele!
LAH Meets 'MOM'...
Alan Adler, co-president of Lend A Hand, has jumped in and organized a special group of LAH volunteers who meet the Market on the Move (MOM) truck at 7:30am, one Saturday a month. Market on the Move (MOM), a project for the sale and distribution of fresh produce.
The volunteers load their cars with the week’s purchased fruit and/or vegetables, then deliver them to our Seniors’ homes.
Initial funding for this LAH project was provided by a donation from Tucson Supervisor Sharon Bronson’s office. The LAH Board is committed to continuing this worthwhile program for the foreseeable future. For more information about volunteering for this worthy project, call Alan at (520) 909-5204.
Our Latest Senior Canteen... July 16. Bingo with LAH Seniors, TIARC Seniors, AMPARO women helping, and a 7 year-old grandson. Lots of generational FUN!
LAH's relationship with Amparo Home, located in Hedrick Acres N.A., has been revived. These young women (and sometimes their babies) used to help us regularly making cookies for teas or serving at appreciation dinners or inviting us to their home for Christmas treats. For 3 weeks, I have been supervising their work for us: updating the LAH brochures, cleaning a house and yard for one of our senior neighbors, and preparing materials for our upcoming senior canteen. We hope they can join us in similar tasks for the rest of the summer--before school starts again. They are a pleasure to be around! Anyone want to join us? Or maybe you have a task, or two or three, which needs help.
FYI for PCOA/NCA fiscal year statistics: (July 1 2012-June 30 2013)
- Transportation Miles: 10,179 Trips: 2505 Hours: 1851
- Errands Miles: 591 Trips: 346 Hours: 205
- 510 Friendly Phone Calls: 119 hours
- 211 Friendly Visits: 227 hours
(There are other numbers for Yardwork, Administration, Home Maintenance and Housekeeping.)
Overall, we are making a difference in our neighborhoods. Thanks for all you do--really it is immeasurable!
Transportation Requests come in during the week and we accommodate them if they have given us ample notice and we have some drivers to use. I will usually contact you personally to see if you can do another drive or so. I so appreciate the Saturday and sometimes Sunday drivers who work during the week, but can drive on weekends. It gives us options on shoppers and special trips.
This week we have some Monday requests AND our Board meeting from 10-12--we need some help here due to the fact we have about 6 drivers tied up in that time frame. We have Tuesday Senior Canteen from 1-3 with rides picking up at 12:30. Just a few special requests.
They say she had spunk. They say she had spirit. I say she had a real sense of adventure. For a 94 year old who had just a couple of years earlier endured a broken elbow and let it heal on its own, Ruth had all of the above!
It was September 2012, in Tucson, after the celebration luncheon of the Lend A Hand Senior Writing Group. We had a 4th birthday party at Pappy’s Diner. I was to take Ruth home.
Armed with her remote control garage door opener, The Genie, we pulled into her driveway. I aimed the Genie at the door clicking it twice. I know, I shoulda, woulda, coulda clicked only once, but. . . .It began to raise—up, up, up. It opened to 5 inches from the ground and stopped.
Ruth knew a double click always meant trouble. So began Ruth and Michele’s Excellent Adventure.
I exited the van. “Maybe I could encourage the door up with the right push. Maybe it would go down and then up again,” I thought. Push! Pull! Tug! Force!
No way! The door was not budging.
I returned to the driver’s seat. “Ruth, are you carrying your house keys?” I hoped.
“No, why would I need to when I use the back door?” she said.
Think. Think. Think, Michele.
I was concerned about keeping Ruth hydrated as we sat in the van on that warm September day. She was concerned about our predicament. She insisted we call her son; he would have the keys to let us in.
We called. He and his wife were driving to Vail, about 30 miles away. They were nearer to Vail than Tucson.
Our adventure continued.
I told him we would call a locksmith and not to turn around to come to save us, but Ruth thought they should turn around and come home immediately. He gave us the phone contact of a locksmith and I called. The dispatcher promised he would be there within the hour.
I opened up two bottles of water to keep us cool.
Somehow, I couldn’t believe Ruth would be so ready to relegate the solution to this problem to someone else—like her son. She was the epitome of the independent woman, even at 94 years.
“Ruth, we are grown women. We can figure this out on our own.” I told her. I am pretty sure she did not agree with me, especially since I was the grown woman who double clicked the Genie.
Why wouldn’t that Genie work? Think.
Another turn in the adventure. . .
“Ruth, let’s go over to Home Depot to see if we can get an idea about reprogramming Genie; it’ll be an adventure.’
We drove the short distance to Home Depot, got out and carefully navigated to the information desk. Ruth chatted with three young women clerks at the desk. While I was researching the 800 number for the Genie, Ruth was telling the ladies that she was 94, was locked out of her home and that we were having an adventure!
No luck with the Genie contact! So, we returned home to wait for the locksmith.
Then, it dawned on me. Why not reboot the Genie? Take the batteries out and break the control on the door? It would be just like canceling computer commands by rebooting. Ta Da! It worked.
The adventure was not over as the locksmith needed to be cancelled. Ruth’s son and daughter-in-law were alerted. Lastly, Ruth needed to get into her favorite chair and relax. I gave her a hug and congratulated her on the adventure, replaced the Genie, and was proud of us grown women surviving the day. She didn’t say, but I suspect Ruth was proud of us too.
Michele BrubakerJune 14, 2013Read Ruth's published work, here.