few announcements, needs, opportunities to make a
difference, facts, and tributes. Take a minute and find out
the latest at TIHAN this month!
Celebrates Its 25,000th Meal!
It's an amazing
milestone. This month, TIHAN's Poz Cafe lunch program for
people living with HIV will serve our 25,000th meal! We're
grateful to all the volunteers, donors, staff, faith
communities, businesses, and CarePartners who have made this
possible! Thank you! We've got some special things happening
at this month's lunch, and the CarePartner (client) who is
the recipient of meal number 25,000 will get some special
Would you like to
donate something for this big occasion? If so, please
contact Deirdre Demers, Program Manager, at
ProgramManager@tihan.org or 520-299-6647 ext 202.
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Thrives Due to Volunteers – And We Need More People Like
It’s not too late to
sign up for one of the last Volunteer Orientations of the
year. Our upcoming
Volunteer Orientation is on Saturday, September 23 from
8:30am to 12:30 pm. We’re recruiting volunteers for admin
support, community-building, and direct support services
Assistants (ideally for a Friday afternoon shift
Ambassadors (tabling with TIHAN materials at community
especially people who are bilingual (English/Spanish)
You can find the
complete list of our current volunteer openings by clicking
on “Volunteer” at top, then on “Volunteer Opportunities.”
One of them might be just right for you! Or contact Dennisse
Ley, Volunteer Coordinator, at 299-6647 ext 206, or
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You May Not Know about HIV Today
A volunteer sent us
this article, which we thought might be of interest to you.
Warning: This article may be NSFW (Not Suitable For
your Work computer).
To see this list of 10
things you may not know about HIV today,
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Your Donations of Detergent and Soap
Summers in Tucson are intense, with many of us finding
ourselves sweating after only a few minutes outside. This
makes items such as deodorant, laundry detergent, and bar
soap necessities to stay fresh during this time of year.
Thanks to donations last month, we were able to include
sticks of deodorant in the CarePackages that we distributed
to CarePartners living with HIV. Currently, we are in need
of laundry detergent and bar soap. Would you consider
partnering with us to make sure that we can include these
items in the 75 to 80 CarePackages that we will distribute
this month? Donations can be dropped off at the TIHAN office
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
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Back by HIV
In 2002, Skeeter Jake
(his nickname) was living in Phoenix when he learned that he
had HIV. He didn’t find many support services there for
people living with HIV, but later moved to Tucson and was
referred to TIHAN by a staff member at El Rio Special
Immunology Associates (SIA) in 2014. Since then, he has been
involved in many of TIHAN’s programs, including being a
regular attendee at the monthly Poz Cafe luncheons and
attending a dozen classes so far in the Living Well with HIV
Skeeter Jake says he
has found TIHAN’s support services to be excellent,
especially the monthly CarePackages. “TIHAN has been very
helpful and has the most compassionate staff and
volunteers,” he said. “TIHAN has helped me grow as a person.
I have learned that my HIV status is not a factor to hold me
Benefit Show Raises $18,500 for TIHAN!
Thank you to an awesome
community of people who came together for Turnabout for
TIHAN this month, putting on an awesome event that raised
over $18,000 for TIHAN’s programs and services. We had a
sellout crowd of more than 400 people! We’d like to convey
our thanks to many people and groups.
KUDOS to the fantastic team who helped plan the
event: David Zinke, Nathan Wade, Alvaro DeAsis, Patrick
Holt, Mikey Segura, Cathy Ernst, and Jess Losoya.
Thank you to the event sponsors who contributed funds
to support the event, or contributed their services: Jill
Rich/Long Realty Company, Master Mixx All Inclusive Events,
Bears of the Old Pueblo, Centra Realty—Colette Barajas,
Liane Wong, and Brenda Nowlan, IBT's Bar+Food, HighWire
Lounge, Pro EM Party and Event Rentals, Smirnoff, CamCakes,
Curt Beall and David Cormier, GayTucson.com, Linda and Jim
Girard, Susan Heinrich and Leslie Kahn, National Latino AIDS
Awareness Day/NLAAD Tucson, Old Pueblo Placement Services,
Pima County Health Department, and Tucson Pride.
Big thanks, too, for key people who helped make it a
success, including our emcees Tempest DuJour and Janee’
Starr, performers, volunteers, table captains, donors
(including Michael Steinberg and Alan Taylor, Scott Schoen,
and Gene Carlson), community partners, and everyone who
attended the show and contributed to its success.
One of the highlights
of the evening was the presentation of our 2017 Stonewall
Award for longtime contributions to the community to IBT’s,
a place where you are safe and able to celebrate yourself
and become a part of this community.
What an amazing
community of support we have here in Southern Arizona, and
please know that we appreciate you immensely!
Black Faith Leaders Address HIV as a Social Justice Issue
Recently, 120 black
churches in Los Angeles joined the Day of Unity, promoted by
The Black Church & HIV initiative.
Click here for more information…
the Life of Richard Schoen
We honor the life of
Rick Schoen, and thank him for the gift his estate
bequeathed to support TIHAN’s programs. Although Rick was
not actively involved with TIHAN during his lifetime, he was
a supporter of our work, and made sure that his executor
knew of his wish that TIHAN would be one of the charities
through which his legacy gifts would be made.
A longtime Tucsonan,
Rick had owned a computer supply store on Speedway, Computer
Supply Specialist. He had served in the US Air Force during
the Vietnam War. He also had a house in Show Low and loved
to go fishing there to escape Tucson’s heat. And he was
known around town for being a bilingual Santa Claus during
As his brother Greg
told us, Rick loved life and loved people. And even after
his passing, Rick’s life continues to provide love and
support to people who never had the opportunity to know him.
His estate gift to TIHAN will continue to impact the lives
of people living with HIV. Thank you, Rick.
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