Thanks for caring about what is going on with our community
regarding TIHAN and how you can help us better support
people with HIV to live well, and how you can be part of the
solution and feel good about making a difference. Take a few
minutes and peruse these 10 announcements, and be in the
Pantry Filled with 740 Rolls of Toilet Tissue…
know that that’s part of the increase in need
in just six months that TIHAN aims to address. And that’s
just one of the items in our Care Packages that we need.
As you have probably read in our recent e-newsletters, there
has been a significant increase in demand this year for
CarePackages – paper shopping bags filled with toiletry
items, hygiene and cleaning products. CarePartners living
with HIV can receive their monthly CarePackages either at
Poz Café, where contents are donated by that month’s
sponsoring faith communities for the luncheon, or at the
TIHAN office. The latter is where we have seen surges in
numbers, and where we have challenges meeting the demand.
Two years ago, in the first half of 2014, TIHAN distributed
213 CarePackages at the office. This year, in
2016, we have distributed 398 CarePackages at
the office in the first half of the year. Call it an
increase of 185 bags or of 87%, but however you look at it,
please consider helping TIHAN to address the needs we see.
Individuals living with HIV come to TIHAN to receive
essential hygiene items that are otherwise difficult to
purchase on a limited income, and with your help we can
continue to provide that.
Right now, the greatest need for CarePackages is toilet
paper; we supply CarePartners with 4 rolls per month. All we
ask is that it be two-ply toilet tissue. Can you donate a
roll, a pack of 8 rolls, or a case of 96 rolls? Would you
consider asking your book club or group of co-workers to
help you out with a collection drive? All donations are
Donations can be brought to the TIHAN office at 2660 N. 1st
Ave. during business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to
4:30pm. If you have questions about organizing a drive,
please contact Kseniya at
ProgramCoordinator@tihan.org or 299-6647 ext 207.
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CarePartners Voice their Gratitude
TIHAN’s graduate student intern is busy analyzing the
results of this year’s CarePartner Satisfaction Survey
responses, and we look forward to sharing those results with
you next month. In the meantime, we’d like to share a few of
the comments that we received from CarePartners living with
HIV, to show you what your support means to them.
What are your favorite things about TIHAN?
The calls I get from TIHAN to see
how I'm doing. I feel that someone (TIHAN) cares.
“Eating Well with HIV” classes
– learned so much.
When first I settled in Tucson &
needed a way to meet people, Poz Café really helped.
It's really nice to get breakfast
served to me instead of cooking. Sometimes I don't have
anything to eat for breakfast.
The care packages help me a lot.
The luncheon is the best part. It
would be nice to get that many people together more
Camaraderie, compassionate people,
and people of different faiths coming together!
You all inspire me to be a
stronger and a better person "living with" HIV/AIDS.
Thank you for all you do.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND
SUPPORT TO OUR HIV COMMUNITY!
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Friends this Weekend!
Two fabulous dining events are this coming weekend that we
hope you will participate and join us! Building community
and connections among amazing people, and supporting
important programs and services to help people with HIV to
live as well as possible.
Dining with Friends – Saturday,
October 15 – A Benefit for TIHAN
On Saturday evening, several
friends of TIHAN are hosting informal dinner parties,
and a couple of the dinner parties have openings if
you’d like to join. From 10-25 people, these dinner
parties will offer a meal and wine, in return for a
suggested donation to TIHAN (ranging from $35 to
$50/person). And you get to see some of your TIHAN
friends, and meet some new friends! After your dinner,
guests are invited to an after-party where people from
the various house parties gather for socializing and
dessert, and we’ll offer a special raffle drawing for
some fun prizes.
Noche en Blanco – Sunday, October
16 – a community event that TIHAN is participating in
A “secret” community event
(flash-mob style) that brings out thousands of people,
all dressed in white, for a special evening. We know the
date and time, but not the location. You commit to bring
something for dinner to share with the table (8 people)
of TIHAN friends. On Sunday of the event, the organizers
tell us where it’s happening, and we all show up at that
public space and transform it into a Noche en Blanco
(Night in White), bringing in our own tables, chairs,
tablecloths, place settings, food, drink, music, and
flowers. Then, when it ends, we take out everything that
we brought in. You can also see more at this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AHnYtTFR18. We have
a limited number of spaces for invited guests, so please
respond ASAP! It’s not a benefit for TIHAN, but a
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Be Eligible for a Direct Arizona State Tax Credit of $400 or
If you live in Arizona and file state income taxes, your
contributions to TIHAN can make you eligible for these new
INCREASED TAX CREDIT AMOUNTS for 2016!
TIHAN has been designated as a Qualifying Charitable
Organization for the State of Arizona. By donating to
TIHAN, you may be eligible for an Arizona Tax Credit and
reduce your state income tax liability with a
dollar-for-dollar reduction (up to $400 per person, or $800
per married couple filing jointly). Please contact a tax
advisor for advice on how to file and benefit from your
donations to TIHAN, or go to the Arizona Department of
Revenue website at
http://www.azdor.gov/TaxCredits.aspx. Contributions to
TIHAN can be made online (click on “donate to TIHAN now” on
the homepage), or mail
your check to TIHAN, 2660 North 1st Avenue, Tucson, Arizona
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CarePartner Will Stays Strong – Physically and Mentally
Will is a TIHAN CarePartner living with HIV. After getting
out of the military and moving to Los Angeles, where he
became involved in drugs, a routine check-up at the VA in
1991 resulted in a positive diagnosis. His first question
for the doctor was, “Am I going to die?” The frightening
response was, “Not right away.” Will was devastated by his
diagnosis, as was the mother of his son. He then shared the
news with his father, his sisters, and his own mother.
Will received nothing but positive responses from them. “I
have a great support system, which is very important.”
Will began medical treatment for his HIV immediately, and
fortunately he has never experienced negative side effects.
He wasn’t certain he would live, but he says, “I knew I had
to turn my life around to preserve myself.” He continues to
take care of himself. “I take my meds faithfully and have
lived a fruitful life.”
Will moved to Tucson in 2006, hoping to continue working in
the real estate business, but broke his ankle while moving
and had to undergo several surgeries on his ankle and knees
as a result. These unexpected injuries made it difficult for
Will to work, and he finds it challenging now to live on his
Social Security income. His Case Manager at SAAF recently
referred Will to TIHAN for help with utility expenses, and
he’s happy to have connected with us. “Everything happens
for a reason,” Will says, “And I have a positive feeling
when I am here at TIHAN”.
Looking back, Will shared, “Science has come a long way. I
have diabetes, and am HIV positive, and I go to the gym and
am stronger than some of the other guys there. You have to
have faith and get a great support system. Establish one, if
you don’t have one.” TIHAN hears from many CarePartners that
our programs, volunteers and staff are a significant part of
that support system, and we thank you for your help in
allowing us to provide that. We hope we can help many more
CarePartners say, as Will does: “HIV has never brought me
Volunteer Orientation in 2016: Tuesday, November 29
Before 2016 becomes
history, there’s still time to sign up for our final
Volunteer Orientation of this year. Can you join us
Tuesday, November 29 from 8:30am to 12:30pm? We’re
recruiting volunteers for both administrative and Care &
Support roles, including Community Ambassadors, support
roles for our volunteer program, the Marketing Committee,
For a complete list of openings, click here. If you’d
like to help, contact Bennett D. Burke, Volunteer
VolunteerCoordinator@tihan.org, or call 520-299-6647 ext
To download a Volunteer Application Packet, click here.
—30% of the
people living with HIV whom TIHAN serves are Latino/a?
—more than one
out of every four people living with HIV/AIDS in Pima
County are Latina/o?
success of anti-retroviral medications that have vastly
improved the health outcomes of people living with HIV,
less than half of Latinos with HIV in the US are
receiving these medicines to treat their HIV?
—the impact of
HIV on Latino communities is directly related to health
disparities and barriers such as poverty, migration
patterns, stigma, and limited access to healthcare?
—that TIHAN is
committed to addressing the impact of HIV on Latino
communities and helps sponsor an important (and free)
community event for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD)
to bring more awareness, prevention, education,
treatment, fun, and support in Latin@ communities?
—that once again
one of TIHAN’s awesome volunteers received an award at
this year NLAAD block party event, held in the Lost
Barrio, for her leadership in addressing HIV?
Is on His Way
Ready for the holidays? Neither are we
— but you can help TIHAN get ready! We are starting
our annual collection of donated gifts that will be given to
our CarePartners living with HIV and their children during
the holiday season. If you, your business, group, or faith
community is interested in brightening the holidays for
people and families with HIV, please bring donations to the
TIHAN office during the months of October and November,
keeping in mind the following guidelines:
Gifts must be new and
unused (sorry, no used items).
Our greatest need is always gifts
for adult males, since they make up the majority
of people that we serve and are the most challenging to
buy for (we tend to receive more gifts for kids, teens,
Donations should be unwrapped.
Because CarePartners belong to a
variety of faith traditions, or may not identify with
any faith, we ask that holiday gifts do not include
any religious images or messages.
It’s important for us to be able
to keep gifts equitable, so please look for gifts whose
value is between $15 and $40.
In order for us to be able to use
the gifts at our holiday programs for CarePartners, the
deadline for bringing your donation is December 1.
Thank you for helping TIHAN make the holiday season
more special for CarePartners and their families!
for Fall: We Ask, We Believe You Care, and We Trust We’ll
Receive Your Support (as you are able)!
TIHAN is very fortunate to have generous folks who help us
by donating our most needed office supplies. As Fall
approaches, our office supply shelves are becoming rather
bare – are you able to help
restock with any of these supplies:
Avery 5160 address labels (or
standard 20# copier paper (8 ˝ x
11”) — it’s cheaper by the
large trash bags (30 gallon)
batteries (AA, AAA, 9 volt)
OfficeMax/Office Depot gift cards.
Your generous donation helps us contain administrative costs
and put more money towards much-needed CarePartner support
To see our updated Wish List, click here. For more
information, contact Mark at 299-6647 ext 204 or
OperationsManager@tihan.org. Thanks very much for
Volunteer Hours Online!
How would you like to log your TIHAN volunteer hours the
To try it out, click here. After you’ve entered your
name and volunteer services, you’ll have some optional
questions to answer. At the bottom of this page, make sure
you click “SUBMIT.” You will know that your information has
gone through successfully when you see the message, “Thank
you! Your response has been recorded.”
In the future, you can find this online form on your own:
In the dark blue bar at the top,
In the list to the left, about
halfway down, click “Volunteer Impact Report”
Below the first paragraph, click
“NEW! Submit Your Volunteer Hours Online”
You’ll still have the option of using the paper version of
the Volunteer Impact Report. No matter which way you report
your volunteer hours, though, thanks for the time, energy,
and enthusiasm you give to TIHAN!
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