July 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home July Newsletter          Summer Means (even more) Youth at St. Luke's! St. Luke's earns its stripes every day as an Eden Model Registry with programs that bring through our doors volunteers who span the generations. Engaging with people of all ages helps remedy the three plagues of aging identified by Eden: loneliness, helplessness and boredom. And this summer, as usual, students of all ages brighten St. Luke's. St. Luke's partners with the University of Arizona MedStart program that completed its fifth year in July. The students played games with the Elders, organized donations to Goodwill, washed the St. Luke's van and hosted a pizza party for the Elders (pictured above). The program serves students who have completed their junior year in school, providing first-hand…
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June 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home June Newsletter          St. Luke's Commemorates Veterans on Memorial Day   A Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony was held on Monday, May 27th to honor all soldiers who have died in service to our nation and to recognize the nearly 20% of St. Luke's Elders who served in the military George Lopez, American Legion Post 59 Commander, led the Pledge of Allegiance and presided over the flag-raising ceremony. Other special guests were the American Legion Riders who arrived on their motorcycles. The flag, donated to St. Luke's by the Legionnaires, was hoisted to full staff and then slowly lowered to half-staff. St. Luke's CEO Linda Hollis offered words of honor and respect for the fallen. Cass Eastham, a military veteran and Administrative Assistant at St.…
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May 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home May Newsletter           St. Luke's Collaborates to Expand Regional Elder Housing and Care Options   St. Luke's is working closely with elected officials, city and county housing leaders and other Elder organizations to explore and help drive solutions to the region's scarcity of housing options for low-income Elders. A second Community Forum on Affordable Senior Housing was held on April 16, 2019, at the El Pueblo Center. St. Luke's CEO Linda Hollis, moderated the panel (pictured far right in lower picture) that included Council Member Regina Romero, Council Member Richard Fimbres, Marcos Ysmael, Pima County Housing Program Manager and Keith Gregory, Interim Director City of Tucson Housing Department. The more than 50 attendees included Elders struggling to obtain adequate, affordable living and care…
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April 2019 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home January Newsletter            Highlights 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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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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