Tuesday afternoon, June 17th the Senior Canteen presented Summer Beach Party and readings by authors of the LAH Writing Group's recently published book, WISDOM AND REVERIE. Signed copies of the book sold like hotcakes! enjoy this photo series from the event, offered by Wallace and Junie:
Our "Lookout" in Mexico City, Jane, one of our LAH volunteers sent us a preview of monsoon which has already hit that city--last Monday. She is there teaching a class. When asked if it was not smoggy and humid, she claimed that on her walks the weather and the air is quite comfortable. In fact, she says, the rain washes clean the smog effects in that metropolis. Monsoon should be on its way here now!
Tuesday, June 17th at noon to 2 pm, the Senior Canteen presents Summer Beach Party and a reading by authors of the LAH Writing Group's recently published book, WISDOM AND REVERIE. Copies will be on sale for $8 and may even be discounted further. All are invited! Please call to let Connie know as lunch is also available: 322-6287.
Sylvia S., British war bride, RAF member and , one of our longtime neighbors, always in attendance at Senior Canteen events, is not well. If you would like to cheer her, drop a note. Call Michele, 248-6882, for address.
Our LAH Senior Writing Group is proud to present their first collection of writing, WISDOM AND REVERIE, to be found on Amazon. There will be authors reading exerpts of the book and books available at our June Senior Canteen, June 17th at the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ. Call 248-6882 for more information on time and agenda and headcount for lunch.
Happy Mother's Day to all!
There are many among our LAH volunteer corps.
Our maintenance crew has been busy changing out coolers and doing other simple upkeep for our senior neighbors. We do lots more that transportation.
Our Carne Asada Outdoor Fest was successful with 55 in attendance last Saturday eve, after the rain and wind. A lovely evening for LAH's benefit.
I have info on a workshop: "Living with Diabetes." If you are interested or have knowledge of our neighbors who might be interested, let me know. It is a low cost workshop with several meetings promoted by PCOA.
Two U of A women who are volunteers with LAH are about to embark on interview sessions with some of our senior neighbors. Their interest in and support of our elders may result in stories we can all enjoy. More as events unfold. . .
A sad/joyful goodbye today for Pastor Mike Nowak and Jody, his wife, from Mountain Avenue Church of Christ. After 17 years, and 8 with Lend A Hand, they are retiring to Cedar City, UT. Mike was one of the founding fathers of LAH and the church has been generous in giving us office space, event space, meeting space. They are also very supportive of our mission with neighbors and neighborhoods. Those in the congregation are still helping us with yard sale items and service hours to our recipients.
Thanks, MACC! May many blessings follow Mike and Jody!
I attended the Mayor's Day Celebration on April 1st, downtown. Volunteerism keeps the city humming. Mayor Rothschild, Tribal Chair of Yaquis, Peter Yucupicio, and a Vice Mayor of Sahuarita commended the volunteers present. Many volunteers, young and over 60, were present. Thank you all for helping Tucson be a better place because of your generosity of time and spirit. In honor of volunteers, I trained 5 more LAH volunteers, most of whom want one-on-one situations with our neighbors. If you have a special neighbor in mind for such a friendship, let me know.
Several of our seniors have fallen ill. Among them: Eileen E., in hospital and rehab; Anne V., in hospital and rehab; Ginnie C., in hospital; Jeff R. suffered a stroke, but is recuperating; Michael L., in hospital; Sylvia D., was in rehab and now with daughter before moving to Sahuarita with son. If you want to drop them a note, call me and I can give you addresses.
Eric Z., one of our younger neighbors, has just earned his driver's license! It is due to hard work, planning, and persistence -- and a little boost from friends..
Thank you, Jane Hoffmann and Yardsale Crew! Yet another 2-day sale was held this weekend. I know LAH word has spread and that you did us proud.
The transition has begun! Cindy Waterman is now taking calls to schedule transportation for our clients. She and I are in close contact. Clients are being told through drivers and through voice messages and directly. Drivers, please post a card in your vehicles with this information on it. Thanks.
LAH semi-annual yardsale is scheduled for April 5 and 6 @ 1545 E. Water. Call Jane Hoffmann for questions, volunteering, donating: 323-9299. This is always a BIG DEAL in terms of staging, clearing, and staffing. The result is always financially successful. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The evening of April 26th is an LAH Outdoor Fiesta Dinner. Please urge your family, friends, neighbors to come and enjoy and also contributing to LAH. The setting is at one of our Richland Heights East homes--a treat in itself! Call: Junie Hostetler for more information, 360-7613.
Tuesday, March 19, is our next Senior Canteen, 1-2.30 pm. The activities include socializing, refreshments, and crafts projects.
WE NEED DRIVERS. Call Michele if available for driving 248-6882.
YARD SALE to benefit Lend A Hand Senior Outreach Program
*A 501 (c) (3) non-profit. Donations are tax-deductible!
5 and 6 APRIL 2014
7:00 am- 1 pm
@1545 E. Water Street
Between Campbell & Mountain/Grant & Glenn
To donate items call: Jane Hoffmann, 323-9299 or
Deliver them into the courtyard starting 30 March.
If the items are large, make arrangements for pickup with Jane.
Lend A Hand is becoming more and more popular in terms of services like transportation, but also for its produce deliveries, and writing group, and senior canteen. So, our projects are growing and evolving. Here is the latest offer on our "plate" (which is culinary): produce canning. Would you be interested in learning or re-learning how to can produce? One of our talented volunteers has offered to teach us. Personally, I would love to learn that art! I could then teach others. Perhaps some of our senior neighbors would also be interested. We could make it a "party" of sorts. Who is interested? Call Michele at (520) 248-6682 and we will work out time(s) and place(s) for schedules. Anyone have canning materials to loan or share with us? Odile Wolf, one of our LAH volunteers, has been kind enough to offer us her talent.
When it rains, it pours! Since Feb 15, I have been very close to home with my mom's broken hip surgery; I have enjoyed NOT driving. (Some days, I was on the road for 3-4 hours with 2-3 clients.) Thanks to our driver corps, all our folks were served. Did I tell you about locking myself and a client out of the car at Trader Joe's? Another time!
So my parents' home has become LAH East. Among the hospice visitors, I slipped away to take in 3 new senior clients, but at home have trained 4 new volunteers, had a marathon report for United Way reviewed by a board chairperson, been interviewed by phone (University of Illinois grad student in gerontology), and been interviewed for April edition of Communities Connection by a writer accompanied by a photographer. The LAH SHOW must go on!
I am so grateful to the LAH Board and others who have really been supportive of working at home and of my mom and dad's welfare.
Last week's Senior Canteen was a big hit! Pizza, bingo and prizes were the focus last Tuesday. Thanks to all who made it a success, especially Connie Trecartin, Beverly Bethel, and Deena Sortland. Their planning has paid off. The next canteen, March 18th, will focus on Arts and Crafts making, and April 15th will be a field trip to Tohono Chul Park. We have full listings of 2014's activities thanks to Sandy Miller. Just ask.
LAH has been invited to another Shredit Event by Ward III. This is a good way to get rid of unneeded, long-stored paperwork and to donate to your LAH group -- usually first box free and all others are $5 each. April 26 is the date. Location has yet to be announced.
The LAH Writing Group is planning and preparing a book, a collection of writing. Vicki Mills and the group have been exited to make this dream come true. Lesley Potts, the group's original leader, is hard at work pulling in the ideas and the formats. We hope to see the product this spring -- all made possible from a generous grantor. The writing group's work is available online at: http://lahseniorwriters.wordpress.com/
LAH VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY SHEETS for February due 3/4 online or dropped off. Call Michele with questions.
… There was friendship and family. There were 23 seniors and 6 LAH volunteers who helped with refreshments, hospitality, and gifts at the LAH Christmas Cookie Canteen. Yes, gifts were provided each senior neighbor through the LAH Board. Jane Hoffmann asked each board member to bake cookies, bring used cookie/candy tins and spend time filling each one for our canteen.
As each person left the hall, he or she was presented with a tin of homemade cookies. Merry Christmas everyone!
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Interested in joining us for future Canteens? Please do! Call Michele, 248-6882
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.