We of the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS
Network offer our hearts and hands to provide compassionate
and non-judgmental service to those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Through education and support, we—as
individuals and faith communities—work
to build bridges, reduce stigma and sustain hope.
We invite the
religious community to join us in an informed, sensitive and
compassionate response to those affected by HIV/AIDS. We are
called to care through education, service and advocacy:
within our faith communities to promote education and
prevention of HIV/AIDS
clergy and laity in offering support to those affected by
- assuring the
availability of spiritual care, respecting each individual's
faith and tradition
- advocating in
the community for those affected by HIV/AIDS
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Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Policy
administers its practices and programs without
discrimination against anyone on the basis of actual or
perceived race, ethnicity, color, ancestry, religion, age,
sex, gender, gender identity, national origin, marital
status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability,
citizenship status or veteran status.
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2660 North 1st Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85719-2911
TIHAN is located
on the east side of north 1st Avenue, between Grant and
8:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday
You can contact
TIHAN at (520)299-6647
or via email at:
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One of the most
vital direct non-medical services which the Tucson
Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network provides to people living with
HIV/AIDS is our CareTeams. CareTeams are made up of several
volunteers (usually four or five) who are assigned to one
CarePartner (a person who is living with HIV or AIDS). Team
member take turns meeting with and supporting the
Our CareTeams perform a variety of supportive activities for
and with our CarePartners. Some of these are:
Emotional and Social Support
- Friendly visits
- Accompanying the CarePartner to
appointments and social events
- Telephone contacts and reassurance
- Transportation and companionship
- Light housekeeping
- Family Support
- Emotional support for family
members in the home
- Respite time for primary caregiver
- Community Connections
- Referrals to other available
support services in the community
- Referrals to supportive faith
communities and HIV-knowledgeable clergy
- Our volunteers DO NOT provide
- Dispensing medication
- Supplying nursing care, e.g.,
start IV's, clean catheters
- Rendering personal care, e.g.,
bathing, changing bedding
- Providing professional counseling
- Our volunteers DO NOT subject
CarePartners to evangelizing nor promote any specific
Monthly Lunch for People Living with HIV
Poz Cafe is an
opportunity to get out of the house, take a break, meet
other positive people and enjoy!
On the third Thursday of each month, volunteers from local
Tucson congregations provide a fantastic, delicious and
nutritious lunch for people living with HIV. This is
followed by time to "hang out", chat, participate in a game
or two of bingo, enjoy our raffle of fun and useful gifts or
even "shop" in the Poz MarketPlace. People living with HIV
and their guest are invited to join in this wonderful
opportunity. All attending the cafe are asked to honor the
highest standard of confidentiality. A guest may be a
partner, spouse, relative, friend or volunteer.
The cafe is
open from 11:30am to 2:00pm at St. Francis in the Foothills
Church, located at the corner of Swan and River roads. It's
a beautiful setting, somewhat away from the hustle and
bustle of life in the middle of the city. Limited
transportation may be provided, as available.
component of TIHAN's successful Poz Cafe lunch is the Poz
MarketPlace. After lunch, participants can pick up needed
items from a table stocked with donated toiletries and
personal care items.
here for the latest list of items needed for Poz
Poz Breakfast at Mother Hubbard’s Restaurant
Free weekly Wednesday breakfast for people living with HIV.
Mother Hubbard's warms the stomach and heart. Drop-in for a
friendly breakfast with friends. Vouchers are available to
CarePartners living with HIV.
Assisting families with the costs of burial and cremation
after the loss of a loved one due to the effects of
HIV/AIDS. This fund, established in memory of Bill
Ellsworth, provides limited financial assistance to offset
the costs of burial and cremation.
Information, Referral, and Advocacy
Offering as-needed assistance and support, ranging from
advocacy with case managers and other medical and social
service providers. TIHAN works closely with other service
providers and social service agencies to advocate for people
living with HIV/AIDS, and works to make sure that people
living with HIV are aware of the other options for support
available in the community.
CarePartner Support Programs
TIHAN provides emergency financial support to persons living
with HIV/AIDS, assisting with living expenses such as rent,
electricity, phone, and food costs on an emergency basis.
Additional support includes assisting persons living with
HIV/AIDS with donations of furniture and other needed
household goods donated to the organization. The holidays
are made brighter through donations for Thanksgiving and the
December holidays for our CarePartners living with HIV/AIDS.
HIV+ persons and family members are served as part of our
holiday season “family day” for children and parents in
which they can chose gifts to give to their loved ones for
the holidays, and then a dinner and dance to brighten their
holidays as well. Full turkey dinners are delivered to a
limited number of CarePartners living with HIV and their
families for the holidays, and there is a free Thanksgiving
dinner at Mother Hubbard’s Restaurant.
Clergy Referral Network
Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network not only offers compassionate
care and support through our CareTeams and healing services
throughout the year, but we also offer pastoral care and
spiritual support for those who request it.
Resource Referral Network is composed of more than 60 area
clergy from a wide array of different faith religions and
denominations. You do not need to be a TIHAN CarePartner or
even someone who is HIV-positive to speak with a member of
the Clergy Resource Referral Network. If you are affected by
HIV/AIDS and would like to speak with a member of the
clergy, we would be glad to put you in touch with a member
of our referral network. As with all TIHAN volunteers, there
will be no proselytizing, or any attempts made to convert
you to that clergy member’s religion.
information about the Clergy Resource Referral Network,
please call the TIHAN office at (520) 299-6647 or send an
e-mail to email@example.com
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Make “Someday” Today!
TIHAN gratefully accepts credit card donations to support our
work. You can donate right now by clicking on the link below
which will take you to a secured site where you can safely enter
your donation information.
If you would prefer, you can call the TIHAN office (520-299-6647)
and we will be happy to take your credit card donation over the
telephone. Thanks for your support of TIHAN!
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In times of
trouble, people have traditionally looked to their
communities of faith for guidance and support. Today, we
have another crisis demanding a response. It is estimated
that 1 million people in the U.S. have been infected with
HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. That translates to about 1
in every 250 people in the United States.
currently a leading cause of death in the U.S. among people
aged 25 to 44 years. And the number of people infected and
affected is growing exponentially. The demographics of the
disease are changing quickly, with increases in rural areas
and among youth, women, people of color and heterosexuals.
One in every four new HIV infections in this country are
estimated to occur among people under the age of 20. Each
hour, two more teenagers become infected with HIV in the
United States. There is no known cure, and the treatments
developed so far are only partially effective.
In Pima County,
Arizona, it is estimated that more than 6,500 people are
living with HIV. There is a great need for the people of
Southern Arizona to respond with greater compassion,
generosity and concern for all affected by HIV/AIDS. And
what people are more called to respond than people of faith?
As people of faith, we believe
that God's reassuring and embracing presence reaches out to
all those who are alienated and oppressed. We serve God and
humanity by striving to emulate divine compassion, to seek
justice and to provide service. This is our prophetic task.
—AIDS National Interfaith Network
Our communities of faith must be able to deal with the
growing number of members who will be seeking support and
guidance as this pandemic grows to touch more of our homes,
our families, our congregations, our hearts. AIDS is found
in every segment of our community, and it affects every
faith community. For each person infected there are
countless friends, families and co-workers affected.
communities in the Tucson area are stepping forward to
respond to this crisis, discovering that there is tremendous
value in gathering together, sharing ideas, supporting each
other, and linking people of faith together to respond as
one people of care and compassion for those living with
AIDS is a
challenge, but it also represents an opportunity for
communities of faith to respond with ministries of healing
and hope, of concern and compassion. This disease challenges
us to be healing communities, to respond from our
deeply-rooted belief systems of caring for and affirming the
dignity of all people. We are called to reach out with
compassion rather than judgment, to foster awareness and
education rather than fear, to support and minister to those
living with HIV, to comfort the dying and the grieving, to
respond in the face of suffering and pain, to act on the
tenets of our faith.
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INTERFAITH HIV/AIDS NETWORK
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2011
Dan Uroff (Vice President)
Roger Carmichael (Secretary)
David Cormier, CPA (Treasurer)
Arnold Valerius, PhD, RN, NE-BC, FNP-BC
David Velenovsky, Ph.D., CCC-A
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wide-ranging background in education, law, counseling,
media, GLBT issues, and volunteer management, Scott helped
found TIHAN in 1994 as a means of supporting the religious
community to address the growing crisis of HIV affecting our
community, and the accompanying issues of religious
homophobia. With his passion for equality and justice
issues, Scott is active in many groups and organizations in
community, advocating and working to build bridges of
understanding. He has been featured in many print and
television stories, and has received multiple community
awards for his leadership and contributions.
position with TIHAN involves overall day-to-day management
of the organization, along with working with the board of
directors, and development and community relations
responsibilities. Scott works closely to support TIHAN staff
with their responsibilities.
native of Tucson, Meta has a diverse background of social
services, volunteer management, business, and marketing. She
has a Master’s degree in Social Work, and a Bachelor’s
degree in Marketing. For over two decades, Meta owned and
operated her own contracting business and throughout that
time has also dedicated her passions as a volunteer with
multiple non-profits, and she has been recognized for her
leadership abilities and contributions to the Tucson
Meta is a
lover of nature and active in many outdoors activities. She
enjoys traveling, and relishes sharing time with her family.
She has been an active leader in the Girl Scout
organization. A strong believer in equality for all, Meta
brings compassion for humanity to her work and life.
Program Manager, Meta is responsible for managing agency
programs for people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as
training, placing, supporting, recognizing, and retaining
volunteers to carry out the mission and programs of the
agency. Meta will be working collaboratively with agency
staff, agency volunteers, faith communities, healthcare
providers, community groups, and social service agencies.
Office and Volunteer Coordinator
Enid is a recent
arrival to Tucson, having spent her professional life
equally in England and Chicago. She earned her Bachelor’s
degree in Psychology and Religious Studies, with a minor in
Women Studies, from Bradley University. Enid has worked in
non-profits since 1990 and has provided direct services and
strategic leadership to organizations focused on
humanitarian efforts, community development, and education.
She has focused on ensuring supports and resources are
available for underserved and marginalized populations.
volunteering at the age of nine, and is passionate about
giving back to her community and nurturing humanitarian
work. Overall, she brings to TIHAN her experience with
volunteer management, fundraising, training development,
strategic planning, and office management. For fun, Enid
enjoys a spirited game of pool, listening to all types of
music, and occasionally playing an instrument or two.
and Volunteer Coordinator, Enid will manage TIHAN’s
volunteer program and administrative volunteer staff,
oversee daily office operations (including maintaining
databases, coordinating acknowledgement of donations,
maintaining office equipment and systems, and working with
vendors), provide program and fundraising support, and
perform varied advanced administrative work as required.
Poz Cafe Kitchen/Menu Supervisor
Robert Oser is a
retired chef with 15 years of experience, including at
Canyon Ranch, Sierra Tucson, Conspiracy Café, and Oasis
Vegetarian Restaurant. He is the former owner of the Natural
Habit Markets in Illinois and has 25 years of experience in
health food stores and groceries, mainly in management.
writing his fifth cookbook and has written hundreds of
recipes for magazines and newsletters. He has taught
culinary arts for 25 years in health food stores, churches,
culinary schools and other schools. Among other projects,
Robert is presently an intern for the Community Food Bank
Garden, where he teaches culinary classes and demos what to
do with your garden harvests. Robert likes to help out
teaching and cooking at Urban Fresh in downtown Tucson. He
also writes a blog/web page called Hippievegan.com.
Poz Cafe Kitchen/Menu Supervisor (part-time, 15
hours/month), Robert engages congregational volunteers in
providing a healthy, nutritious monthly lunch for people
living with HIV/AIDS, ensuring safety and compliance with
health department rules and regulations.
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