October 2021 Newsletter

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St Luke's Home Newsletter October 2021 Executive Director Report     I hope this newsletter finds you and your loved-ones safe, healthy, and happy.   We continue to provide a safe harbor at St Luke’s Home. Unfortunately, we also continue to battle COVID-19. The Delta Variant is surging, and we must stay strong in this fight. We now require that all visitors and vendors show proof of vaccination or have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before their visit. It was a tough decision, but it ensures the safety of everyone living, working, and visiting St Luke’s Home. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation to make the welfare of our family a priority.   If you haven’t got your Silver Chef Culinary Competition tickets yet, do it now (click here) because…
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September 2021 Newsletter

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    St Luke's Home Newsletter September 2021 Executive Director Report Welcome to Fall! It has been one of the wettest and hottest summers on record in Tucson. It is so green that it doesn’t look like our beloved desert. Who knew we had green mountains? Fall is coming, the mosquitos will exit, and we will enjoy being outside again. There is lots of excitement at St Luke’s Home. The Silver Chef Culinary Competition is coming up on October 23, and we are planning a fun-filled day. Check out the article below for more details. The food, drink, and company will be better shared with all of you. On another note, the pandemic continues to roar, and we are taking all precautions necessary to keep everyone safe. We have mandated…
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August 2021 Newsletter

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    St Luke's Home Newsletter July 2021 Executive Director Report I have always known that St Luke’s Home is a special place but now I know why. Hello Family and Friends of St Luke’s Home,  It has been an amazing month. I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome I have received from the Elders, staff, volunteers, the Board, and the community. I have met so many people that my memory is being tested trying to remember everyone’s name. There is so much excitement around here with new staff and Elders, the joy is evident when walking down any hall. We have had entertainment, volunteers, and families back in the Home and we had a big Hawai’ian Party. While we are still being diligent in keeping out COVID-19, we are welcoming–with…
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July 2021 Newsletter

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    St Luke's Home Newsletter July 2021 CEO Report Hello Family and Friends of St Luke’s Home,  Allow me to introduce myself. I am Terri Waldman, the interim CEO of St Luke’s Home. I have been part of St Luke’s Home for some years on the Board of Directors and have long supported our vision and mission to:  Provide quality of life for low-income Elders to age with dignity in an assisted-living community. Change can be challenging and I am certain some of you are concerned about the CEO and other leadership changes. I want to assure you that St Luke’s Home is going to be just fine. The existing team of leaders, care partners, culinary staff, and housekeepers are committed to maintaining the quality of life that our…
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June 2021 Newsletter

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St Luke's Home Newsletter June 2021 Fond Farewell It is with mixed emotions I report that I have decided not to extend my 2020-2021 CEO contract with St Luke's Home. My time here has been an amazing and life-changing experience. It has been a great pleasure to become friends and an advocate to our beloved Elders; to watch the professional growth of our incredible and compassionate staff; and to get to know the St Luke's Home families, especially our caring donors. These last two years, we have made great infrastructure improvements on staffing leadership, technological upgrades, budget savings, record keeping, safety, and donor communications. But our biggest success together is beating the odds of COVID-19. St Luke’s Home has surpassed all measurable statistics on the effects of COVID-19 in Long…
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May 2021 Newsletter

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St Luke's Home Newsletter May 2021 CEO Report Where did April go?  I hope everyone is well. For me the month flew by; however, it could be because things around the Home have been very busy. It was the first time in 13 months the Elders left the Home for community outings, shopping, and visiting loved ones. St Luke’s Home continues to follow ADHS and Pima County guidelines on safety and sanitization protocols. On April 15, 2021, along with St Luke’s Home’s Board President, Michael McCrory, we hosted the State of the Annual Home Meeting and shared updates on Board Committee work. I shared several statistics on how St Luke’s Home beat the odds this past year. I also was honored to present St Luke’s Home’s new logo promoting a brighter…
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April 2021 Newsletter

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St Luke's Home Newsletter April 2021 CEO Report Friends, I hope you and your loved ones are well. As I began to prepare my message this month, I thought it would be interesting to view my message from last year. In April 2020, I spoke of my one-year Anniversary at St Luke’s Home and being honored by many of  you at the 100th Baile. I then spoke of the difficult yet necessary decisions I had to make in order to prevent COVID-19 from entering our Home.    This month, I can speak about my second Anniversary at St Luke’s Home and where we are with COVID-19. AARP released an article on February 25, 2021, titled, 6 Shocking Statistics From a Year of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes by Emily Paulin. Highlighted in…
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March 2021 Newsletter

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St Luke's Home Newsletter March 2021 Honoring 102 Years of the Baile Since its launch in 1919, the Baile has been so well-organized by the big-hearted and hard-working women of the Board of Visitors that it quickly became the Event of the Season. Known for its glorious color and richness in culture, the Baile holds the trophy as the longest running annual social gala in Tucson, Arizona. In 2020 and 2021, the COVID pandemic gave rise to myriad of new safety precautions, including the cancellation of in-person events such as the Baile. For the 102nd Baile, in lieu of a beautiful ball, St Luke’s Home has gathered a variety of photos, articles, and advertisements, all courtesy of the Board of Visitors and their tireless archival efforts, to create a photo…
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February 2021 Newsletter

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    St Luke's Home Newsletter February 2021 CEO Report I hope you and your loved ones are well. St Luke’s Home is excited to announce CVS Health came to the Home on February 10, 2021 to administer the first round of the Moderna vaccinations. The second doses are scheduled for March 10, 2021, with an extra date on April 7, 2021 – just in case someone misses one of the previous dates.   Everyone is feeling well and excited to get the second dose. There have been several questions on when St Luke’s Home will be back to “normal.”  Firstly, I am unsure what “normal” will look like.  Secondly, I continue to sit on local committees with the Pima County Health Department, receiving weekly updates on the vaccination roll out…
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January 2021 Newsletter

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St Luke's Home Newsletter January 2021 CEO Report Happy New Year, Friends! 2020 felt like the longest year on record because of the ongoing pandemic, but we made it through. It was tough for our Elders not to hug their loved ones regularly throughout the year and especially during the holidays, but they all remain free from the virus. We have missed our dedicated volunteers, but the staff continue to go above and beyond their normal duties to fill in the gaps as best we can. Without all the fundraising events, we saw some concerning financials, but our generous donors helped St Luke’s Home.  2020 was a year of patience, compassion, and fortitude, and we made it! In this issue, I hope you enjoy the article with our Best of 2020…
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