March 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home March Newsletter          100th Baile Time Is Here! After more than a year of planning, the 100th Baile de las Flores is less than a month away! Invitations have been mailed, and the time is now to buy your tickets for what will be a joyous celebration of St. Luke's 100 years of service to our Tucson community. (Ticket-purchase link is below). Last year's event (pictured above) was wonderful, and this year's promises to be even more spectacular! The event takes place on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the beautiful JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa.  Guests will enjoy a festive celebration in the spirit of the Baile’s rich history.  The evening will feature a delectable dinner, a raffle of an original…
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February 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home February Newsletter       A Letter from L'Don In my childhood, growing up in Houston, I was the kid who loved to visit my Elder neighbors. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for older adults, which meant that I was beyond proud to serve as CEO of St. Luke's Home.  I vividly recall the feelings that came over me each morning I pulled into the St. Luke's parking lot and looked up at the big stucco structure. I would get out of my car and pause. It was an incredible feeling of responsibility that I did not take lightly. In fact, every single day I have been here, knowing that these Elders were counting on me to keep St. Luke's sailing forward has…
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January 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home January Newsletter       St. Luke's Shines in 2018! As we enter 2019, we can all be proud of the many highlights of our St. Luke's community over the last year. A giant thank you to our donors, volunteers, supporters and staff for all you did to make the year such a great one. Take a look below at a few of the many accomplishments that have helped change the lives of our low-income Elders: Our partnership with the University of Arizona continued to flourish with inter-generational programs that provided great benefit to students and our Elders. Areas of focus in 2018 included medication safety and increased opportunities for individualized Elder nutritional assessments (see top picture). Stronger, Longer, offered in partnership with the University of Arizona College…
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December 2018 Newsletter

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St. Luke's Home December Newsletter      St. Luke's Elders and Staff Learn How to Identify and Stop Bullying   Robin Bonifas, PhD, MSW, discussed her book and offered practical advice to St. Luke's Elders and staff on how to identify bullying and help stop bullying when it does happen. Bonifas (pictured above center in lime-green scarf) is the author of Bullying Among Older Adults and is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. According to Bonifas, there is a growing body of research on peer bullying among Elders who live communally. Bonifas defines bullying as "verbal, physical or antisocial behaviors that occur in the context of social relationships." She pointed out, "Like youths, victims of senior bullying experience considerable emotional distress." As shown in…
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November 2018 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home November         100th Anniversary Events Kick Off at St. Luke's Family and friends of St. Luke's Home showed up in large numbers on Sunday, October 28th for the official kick-off of the 100th anniversary of St. Luke's in the Desert. The afternoon event, catered by St. Luke's Home's Melissa Hernandez and her talented staff, was held in the East Courtyard among St. Luke's gardens and freshly painted fencing and entry spaces (see story below). Edna (pictured at top with CEO L'Don Sawyer) had a featured speaking role. She shared her recollections of the nearly quarter century she has lived at St. Luke's, and noted how grateful she is to reside in a community of such beauty. The kick-off event was the result of…
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October 2018 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home October Newsletter       Family and Friends Come Together at St. Luke's The St. Luke's community comprises not just our Elders but also the many family and friends who are most important in Elders' lives. On Sunday evening, September 30th, the St. Luke's dining room overflowed with St. Luke's extended family. "We forget how large the St. Luke's family is," said Sally Krommes, program grants manger who helped organize the event. "It is wonderful to see the entire family together, sharing food and conversation." Krommes, the official photographer for the evening, will provide copies of the pictures to the Elders. As part of the program, St. Luke's shared a power-point presentation with highlights of the last year at St. Luke's. And, of course, Culinary Director Melissa…
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September 2018 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home September Newsletter        St. Luke's Celebrates A Century of Service   The Reverend Julius Atwood in 1917 dreamed of opening a community care facility for tubercular patients in Tucson, Arizona. He set to work, engaged community members and transformed his vision into St. Luke’s Home. Over the years, St. Luke’s changed to serve different populations in need: a shelter for men, a children’s clinic and today’s holistic assisted-living community that provides quality housing, care and lifelong learning for low-income Elders. St. Luke’s has thrived thanks to the strong commitment of so many special people over the years: members of the Board of Directors, dedicated donors and the volunteer services of the Board of Visitors, which stands as one of the oldest female volunteer organizations…
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August 2018 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home August Newsletter       National Charity League Shares Long History With SLH   The National Charity League designated St. Luke's Home as one of its non-profits long enough ago that no one remembers the exact year. However, one of the volunteers who has graced St. Luke's the longest is Page Chancellor Marks, Management Attorney at Goldberg & Osborne. She captured the feeling NCL volunteers have about our community. As Marks put it, "NCL loves St. Luke's," she said, "It is literally our best charity!" NCL is a national non-profit organization comprised of mother and daughter members. Its mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Volunteers from NCL spent Saturday, August 4 at St. Luke's…
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July 2018 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home July Newsletter       Med-Start Students Create Elder Profiles Thanks to the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona!    Forty-five Med-Start students and 35 Elders sat down together to share their life stories as part of Who We Are, a special program funded by a stART grant from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Who We Are brought together individuals who would not typically spend time listening to one another.  Elders and students met weekly for lunch and filled out a simple questionnaire about their parents, grandparents and family tradition. Profiles included words, collage, photos and drawings.  The third-year cohort of the University of Arizona's Med-Start Summer Program wound up July 1 with a special ceremony at St. Luke's. The program runs through the College…
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June 2018 Newsletter

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    St. Luke's Home June Newsletter         Stronger, Longer Health Initiative Ramps Up   Spend a few minutes chatting with Melissa Hernandez, Culinary Director and Executive Chef, at St. Luke's (pictured above) and her enthusiasm is infectious about St. Luke's implementation of the Stronger, Longer health initiative. St. Luke's is celebrating the strong role of better nutrition, daily movement and mental stimulation in healthier aging by offering a wider range of choices in each of these areas for Elders. Since January, Melissa and Selina Miramontes, Lead Cook, have attended three conferences on nutrition including one sponsored by the Association of Food Service Professionals and a Nutrition Alliance Conference one-day intensive in Phoenix. “I have loved the challenge of learning how to move the culinary program at St.…
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