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February 2018 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home February Newsletter     UA Pharmacy Students Return to St. Luke's for SOAR Program The University of Arizona's 2018 SOAR (Student and Older Adult Relationship) program recently launched its third year at St. Luke's Home. The program brings first-year UA College of Pharmacy students to St. Luke's to work directly with the Elders. The program provides students opportunities in  areas such as practicing communication and interviewing skills, recording health histories, reconciling medication records, screening for inappropriate medication use, and assessing mental health and nutritional needs.  Jenene Spencer, PharmD, College of Pharmacy Instructor and Coordinator of the Tucson SOAR program, praised the innovation of SOAR in the way it combines didactic and experiential opportunities for the students. (Jenene is pictured above left with UA Pharmacy Student Thy Phi.) Students…
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St. Luke’s Residential Openings

St. Luke’s Residential Openings

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St. Luke’s Home Residential Openings St. Luke’s Home, a holistic assisted-living community in Tucson, Arizona, has residential openings for men, women and couples of limited financial means.  Licensed at the Supervisory and Personal Care levels, St. Luke’s serves adults 55 years of age and older who are too frail to live alone, too independent to medically qualify for state assistance (ALTCS), and not wealthy enough to privately pay for assisted living.  Medical and Behavioral Health Criteria: Individuals interested in living at St. Luke’s must be able to evacuate the building in an emergency and must be able to transfer independently. Because of our limited scope of services in relation to behavioral care needs, we are unable to accept an individual who has had an acute psychiatric episode or psychiatric hospitalization…
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January 2018 Newsletter

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    St. Luke's Home January Newsletter         St. Luke's Eager to Build on Gains of 2017!     St. Luke's Home hits the new year eager to build on the many successes of 2017. In these early weeks of 2018, we want to thank all of our donors, volunteers and supporters for making last year such a great one and provide a quick overview, by the numbers, of St. Luke's many achievements: 1,113 opportunities for Elders to actively engage in life. On average, our Elders had 80 opportunities each month including shopping trips, hair cuts, Spanish classes, exercise classes, group games, nightly movies and educational presentations on a wide range of topics.  763 volunteers provided 6,481 hours worth of service in a range of areas assisting St.…
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L’Don Sawyer Delivers Fast Pitch

L’Don Sawyer Delivers Fast Pitch

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L'Don Sawyer, CEO at St. Luke's Home, was one of seven finalists pitching their organizations in the recent 2017 Fast Pitch Tucson. The evening program was the culmination of a free two-month communication skills training program for nonprofits created by Social Ventures Partners. Fast Pitch Tucson trains nonprofit leaders to powerfully communicate their story, and connects them with leaders in the business, philanthropic and nonprofit communities. SVP Tucson began offering the Fast Pitch program in 2015. Over the past two years, over $344,000 has been awarded and granted to Fast Pitch participating organizations. You can watch L'Don's pitch below or see all seven finalists on the SVP website.
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December 2017 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home December Newsletter       SAHBA Golf Tournament Proceeds Provide Big Boost to St. Luke's Home Representatives from the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) visited St. Luke's recently to present a $15,000 check to Russell Burns, President of St. Luke's Board of Trustees and L'Don Sawyer, CEO. The total represented the proceeds from  SAHBA's  Charity Classic Golf at Omni Tucson National Resort  which took place on September 8th. David Godlewski, President of SAHBA, led the delegation to present the check. As he stated, "SAHBA is proud to support St. Luke’s Home through our 2017 Charity Golf Classic. Each year our organization picks an organization that fills an unmet need in housing or workforce development. St. Luke’s Home does an exceptional job and is an asset to…
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Kids are the future? So are older adults!

Kids are the future? So are older adults!

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In college—Washington University in St. Louis. Yeah, go Bears!…If that’s still relevant!—I volunteered with the Campus Y and led a program called SAGE (Service Across GEnerations). We students would wake up early on Saturdays, hop on the school shuttle, and visit seniors at a nursing home. We played checkers and cards and talked to the seniors. There was Joyce, who enjoyed drawing penguins and who always called me Lou. And Mrs. Mosbey, a 90-year-old blind woman who listened to the radio and kept up with current affairs, who constantly ribbed me for being vegan. “You need to eat some meat,” she would say, “it’ll put some hair on your chest.” As delightful as the visits were, it was extremely difficult to get other students to participate. Whereas the program where…
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November 2017 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home November Newsletter       St. Luke's Selected as Finalist in Fast Pitch Tucson  St. Luke's Home's CEO L'Don Sawyer was selected as one of seven finalists from a field of 17 area non-profits competing in Social Venture Partner's Fast Pitch Tucson. L'Don, pictured above at the third practice session, and six others will compete on November 9 at the Leo Rich Theater in front of a panel of judges and an expected standing-room-only audience to present their three minute “pitch” that best describes their non-profit organizations. Over the past two months, L’Don  has worked closely with her assigned mentors: Jan Knight, Bancroft Information Services  and Beth Miller of Beth L. Miller Communications. Other finalists are: Jennifer Moore, Abbie School; Liz Hernandez, Project Safe Place, Jewish Family…
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Save the Date: 99th Annual Baile de las Flores on April 21, 2018

Save the Date: 99th Annual Baile de las Flores on April 21, 2018

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Mark Your Calendars! The 99th Annual Baile de las Flores will take place Saturday, 21 April 2018, 5:30 pm, at the Mountain Oyster Club.  Tickets are $150.00 per person ($90.00 allowable tax deduction per reservation).  To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. Since 1919, the St. Luke’s Board of Visitors has organized and presented the oldest ongoing charity event in Tucson to support St. Luke’s Home.  The Board of Visitors Committee continues this annual celebration with the 99th Annual Baile de las Flores.  We invite you to this year’s celebration in support of the Elders who live at St. Luke’s Home.  Since 1987 a renowned artist from the Tucson area has been invited to donate an original painting to the raffled at the Baile de las Flores.  Barry Sapp has graciously accepted…
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Feldman Neighbors at St. Luke’s Home

Feldman Neighbors at St. Luke’s Home

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The Feldman Neighborhood Association turned out at St. Luke's Home to provide Neighbors' Night Out, which featured a dessert buffet, great music by DJ David Squires, better known as Kid Squid, and plenty of time to share food, conversation and fun. Neighbors from the surrounding area mingled with St. Luke's Elders. The event took place on October 19 from 6- 8 pm in St. Luke's East Courtyard. Representatives from Tucson's local law enforcement and fire houses were there . Also attending were the Honorable Olivia Cajero Bedford who represents District 3 in the Arizona Senate, and the Honorable Richard Elias, Pima County Board of Supervisors representing District 5. 
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October 2017 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home October Newsletter       St. Luke's Competes in Fast Pitch Tucson  St. Luke's Home was selected as one of 17 area non-profits to compete in Social Venture Partner's Fast Pitch Tucson. The competition is modeled like a typical venture-capital pitch. Participants work with mentors to boil down to three minutes a descriptive appeal to "sell" their nonprofits to donors and investors. Mentors Jan Knight, Bancroft Information Services (far left above) and Beth Miller of Beth L. Miller Communications (center) are pictured with St. Luke's CEO L'Don Sawyer during a recent practice session. Seven finalists will be announced the week of October 30th. The finalists will present their pitches in front of judges and the public on November 9 at the Leo Rich Teacher. A range…
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