Many happy hours/days in celebration of the holidays and of the new year. Please know that we wish you well whether you are on the road visiting others or here in Tucson sharing time with others. Our December social raised our spirits with song, food, friends, and special gifts from Camilia and Del O'Neal. Del's creative hands made little gum drop trees which volunteers took home. Camilia made centerpieces at each table which had angels and special little ornaments of the season. We also had a terrific pianist who played holiday music for our festive mood. Thank you, Johanna, Vicki, Nancy and Christmas elves.
How quickly the summer moves in and out! We look toward our Fall with LAH and the activities we promote like the Greek Festival Parking fundraiser. More later. . . .
Deena Sortland is healing from surgery and working with P/T. She has plans to move into Atria Campana del Rio soon. LAH looks forward to having her back in the fold.
One of our drivers reported that her passenger, who uses a walker, tried to carry a bag of groceries into the house. The passenger fell, cut up her face and hands plus endured the fall. Our LAH driver called 911 and had the EMTs check her out and patch her up. Inside the house, our driver called several people, talked to the husband who was going to call a son.Our 80 year olds and 90 year olds are staying in their own homes, but sometimes all does not go well. Thank you, Ellen, for good common sense. Heal, Eilene, for the injuries endured. This was perfect action for the unexpected.
Thank you for all the special things you have done this year for our neighbors.
Last Friday, the Mountain View Neighborhood dedicated its historic mural located next to the Habitat for Humanity Building. The mural itself encircles a TEP Power Station. When you drive by on Mountain, south of Prince, stop. Go into the Habitat Building and ask for a brochure explaining the mural's depictions of earliest Rillito to current Rillito. It is well worth the knowledge about our history. The Mountain View neighbors should be thanked, congratulated on their vision and collaboration, especially Bill Crouse and his crew.
The LAH bi-annual Yard Sale is scheduled for March 17 and 18th from 7 am to 1 pm daily. It is held in the yard and courtyard at 1545 E Water St (corner of Water and Cherry). There is need of volunteers to set up on the 16th or be present on the 17th or 18th or to be there for pack up on the 18th, maybe 19th. It's fun. It's fundraising for our non-profit. It's community building. Interested in donating or helping? Call Jane at 323-9299.
Thank you to the UA International Student Fellowship and Jon Heine who left LAH flyers on La Madera Neighborhood doorsteps last weekend. We need more volunteers and that is the information we shared with neighbors.
LAH lost a good friend and an artist beyond comparison in David Donnelly. He and his wife joined us several years ago and we served them at the VA Hospital and other places, but David made life more joyful by his presence at field trips. With childlike awe he took in the car museum, art museum, De Grazia Studios, etc. His personal ability to carefully craft the San Xavier Mission to scale in papier mache prompted us to have a special Arts and Crafts Fair of Volunteer and Client work. His display was awesome, as were the others involved in the fair. Thank you, David for so much LIFE. Your death is a loss to us all.
Michaela Johnson, one of our LAH neighbors, died last Tuesday. She was, when I first met her, so full of life and energy and was in the midst of unofficially volunteering for LAH at a fundraiser party. She'd promised to become an official volunteer as soon as she could. The next time I heard from her, she needed LAH as a recipient of services due to illness. That illness took her life. We send her family and friends our condolences. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make Michaela's life a bit easier and her home a bit more accommodating to her needs.
Many happy New Year's greetings to our LAH Family. Our 10th year was celebratory and educational with two major events, a birthday party in January and our end of life series in April and May. We still need to learn and grow in years to come. Thank you all for the kindnesses to others and your work on behalf of LAH. LAH Volunteers and Seniors are the critical team members. Take care of yourselves in this new year!
Happy Winter's Arrival! to all and to all a Good Night!
This is a time to review our year at LAH and a time to celebrate all those who help us run our programs and connect seniors to our community. We enter into our 11th year of "helping seniors stay in their homes as long as possible." May this season and the new year bring you as much happiness as is summarized in this note from Terry:
Thank you for Lend A Hand.
It has made my life so much better--not only for the rides to the doctor but for
the new friends and sociabillity it has brought into my elderly years.
Please thank all the volunteers for me. They are truly doing our dear Lord's work
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Monthly Activity Sheets are due for November on December 3rd, Saturday either electronically or left at Michele's doorstep in specially noted box, below her mailbox. Thank you for your consistent reporting. We need your accounts in order to produce our monthly activity -- always amazing! For instance, last month we accrued 2,013 miles of transportation/errands and 679 hours of service to 119 senior neighbors! Not the whole story, but some attempt to get a picture of what we do.
Last month, LAH lost a friend in Alice Zepeda, just shy of 105 years, left us. She and her son Nando and his wife Sandy were so helpful to LAH by donating time, talent, and their properties to fundraising for us. When I did intake paperwork with Alice, she shocked me into reality telling me she was one of the first women to serve in the Tucson Police Department in her early life. She said it was difficult being a woman in such company, but she loved the work. What a pioneer Tucson woman!
LAH also lost a relative newcomer to our group in the death of Chris Ecke. He had many health concerns, but managed to visit us at the Senior Canteen and to valiantly offer to become a volunteer with us when health improved. Our condolences to his family.
Thank you, All for your patience and understanding while I attended to my dad these last 6 weeks or so. Since 2009, I have been the chief caregiver for my aunt, mom, and dad. Aunt Dee and Mom have been gone for several years, but Dad, CSM Dale Adams Hughes, who turned 95 in October, died last Monday at home while in hospice care (thanks Casa de La Luz). Somehow, the years all melted together. All the information I have learned from our senior neighbors and their experiences have served us well. The last days were difficult. We had Dad accompanied 24/7. We had little sleep and no real outside activity, but he died as he wished at home, holding my hand, listening to music that he loved. It was an honor and it was very hard to let this WWII Army tanker and Army Reservist go. His experiences, his life, his family history, his passions are ours' now. We are all better for having loved him. Vaya con Dios, Dad. We have delayed services and burial to January because Dad donated his body to science and we will bury Mom and Dad, both WWII soldiers, together at the Military Cemetery in Marana. -Michele
Mountain Avenue Church of Christ and LAH combined forces to "lighten the load" on Sunday, October 30. From 10:30 to about noon, the Hedrick Acres Neighborhood plus was the focus of some yard work and some house work. A potluck lunch was served for all after the work time.
Friday, 10/22, about 10 Eller School of Business friends from UA joined Ward III and LAH to make a difference in Rose's yard. There is much more yet to do, but a little at a time, some dedication, a great friend to Tucson yards and lots, Mike Birrer, and help from Brianda at Ward III gave a little more clarity to the yard on an acre lot. Thank you all!
LAH's Yard Sale was held October 21 and 22 at Jane Hoffmann's home. It is always a celebration of generosity: work, spirit, donations, and good will.
Thank you, Jane, and the Yard Sale elves!
Western Winds Senior Apartments, LAH, and Salpointe High School's Impact Program again collaborated to socialize with and assist the residents at the apartments on November 3rd and 4th. Last year, the students brought lunch for the residents and interacted with them through games, talk, help, and puzzles. We hope for more of the same. If you would like to be part of the LAH team, let Michele know, 520-248-6882.
My last two weeks have been a huge learning curve in the medical sense. My 95 year-old dad had a urinary tract infection that about sapped the life out of him: dehydration, debilitation, inability to eat, drink, talk. It was like night and day in a little over 24 hours. Thank you for keeping him in your good thoughts and prayers. I am staying very close to home.
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