As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we hope you know
how much we appreciate you! TIHAN is blessed with wonderful
volunteers, donors, CarePartners, and colleagues, and we are
grateful to work together with you to build a healthier and
more compassionate community…
Thank you for joining us, sharing your blessings, and
helping us support people with HIV to live well.
Here are a few announcements to help keep you connected and
informed about TIHAN and all our happenings.
Practical and Emotional Support Helps James Live Better with
James recently tested positive for HIV. Although he had been
getting tested annually with the same negative results, a
friend of his tested positive during a trip to the emergency
room in December of 2013; that experience made James think
twice. He decided to get tested again.
“At the time that they did the test, I kind of knew what the
results were going to be. I was shocked and not shocked at
the same time.”
James knew the next step would be to get into medical care.
He called El Rio Special Immunology Associates, but first
needed to get the results of a confirmatory test, which took
nearly a month. “I got the confirmation notice on Christmas
Eve. I told my sister around the end of February. She wanted
to get herself educated right away. She asked me about my
viral load and CD4 count and was very supportive.”
Of his team at El Rio, James says they are “a fantastic
medical group.” He had a massive heart attack at the age of
50, and has endured a few other health setbacks. However, El
Rio has referred him to other specialists who are able to
help manage his care. When it comes to his HIV medications,
James did not start taking them right away, due to some
trepidation. “I was very unsure. I educated myself about all
of the meds, and then I was able to better understand what
[my doctor] was telling me. And they wanted to make sure
that I was in a good spot to take my meds every day for the
rest of my life.”
James learned about TIHAN through two people with close
TIHAN associations — one a CarePartner and one a
volunteer/donor — and decided to come to the office to
register. Although James is not able to attend as many TIHAN
events as he would like due to transportation issues, he
greatly appreciates receiving monthly CarePackages.
“Certainly TIHAN has had its impact in areas that no one
ever offers — in allowing me to live in a clean environment.
It’s great that you guys do the cleaning supplies because I
am on food stamps and I wouldn’t be able to buy these
things.” Due to some recent personal challenges, James also
requested regular phone calls to check in on him and see how
he’s doing. Our Link Specialist volunteers are calling him
every other day. “I think that you guys are a great
organization, and you have really helped me out recently
with the calls. That has been very good.”
When asked what advice he would give to someone who is newly
diagnosed, James responded, “Keep your faith most of all,
and don’t be afraid. The world is not over. Ask questions,
and make sure that you understand what is being asked of
you. It’s important that you play a part in your medical
Finally, James warns against allowing oneself to become
isolated. “If you’re able to get out and be mobile, then
definitely do that. Get involved with things that are
offered to you.”
Thanks to the support of TIHAN volunteers and donors and
other friends, we are able to continue offering programs and
services to CarePartners like James — when sometimes just a
phone call can make all the difference.
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to Win this 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – Tickets $25
The iconic Mustang, an
American muscle car, burst onto the scene in 1964 and never
looked back. The Ford Motor Company is building 4,300 of
these Shelby GT350s this year, making this a collector’s
item (with an MSRP of $47,000). Now, one of these cars can
be yours via the Jim Click Millions for Tucson car raffle!
Raffle tickets are only $25 each, or buy 5 chances for $100.
All proceeds from raffle ticket sales through TIHAN will be
retained by TIHAN for our programs and services, thanks to
Jim Click Automotive Team.
Tickets can be purchased here or through the TIHAN
office. The drawing will be held on December 15, 2016, but
the deadline for purchasing tickets is December 9. A
maximum of 100,000 tickets will be distributed to Southern
Arizona charities to sell. You do not have to be present to
win. Persons must be 21 years of age or older to win.
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Love and Gifts for the Holidays
TIHAN staff and
volunteers are gearing up for our two winter holiday
programs: Family Day, a fun event for adults living with HIV
and their children, and the special December Poz Café Dinner
Dance. With these two events coming up, it’s our busiest
time of year.
The winter holiday
events help to make the season more warm and special for
many CarePartners living with HIV, who may not have a wide
circle of family or friends nearby to spend time with. In
addition, we collect gift donations to hopefully ensure that
every CarePartner receives at least one gift this holiday
season. Any gifts you are able to donate are much
Our greatest need is
gifts for adult males, so please keep this in mind as
you spread the word. (If thinking of a gift for that
demographic is challenging for you, contact
ProgramManager@tihan.org for gift ideas!) Please note
Gifts must be new and
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.
The deadline for bringing your donation, in order for us
to be able to use the gifts at our holiday programs for
CarePartners, is December 1.
For more information
and gift ideas,
please click here.
Thank you for helping TIHAN make the holiday season
more special for CarePartners and their families!
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in Getting Involved as a Volunteer? Next Orientation is
Tuesday, November 29
It’s not too early to think about becoming a TIHAN volunteer
in 2017! To hit the ground running in January, why not sign
up for our Tuesday, November 29
Volunteer Orientation, from
8:30am to 12:30pm? We’re recruiting volunteers for both
administrative and client service roles, including Community
Ambassadors to help staff info tables, support roles for our
programs, the Marketing Committee, Database Entry Team
Members, and others. For a complete list of current
If you’d like to help people living with HIV to live well,
contact Bennett D. Burke, Volunteer Coordinator, at
VolunteerCoordinator@tihan.org, or call 520-299-6647 ext
206. To download a Volunteer Application Packet,
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the Donations Rolling
Thank you to everyone
who answered the call last month and donated packages of
toilet tissue! We (and our CarePartners) greatly appreciate
it. Please keep the donations coming! Help us to ensure that
every CarePackage that we distribute to CarePartners living
with HIV contains this vital item. Have you thought about
asking your friends or co-workers to help gather supplies?
Why not share your love of TIHAN with your social network,
and feel good knowing that your efforts go directly towards
helping people who are living with HIV in our community?
It’s not just toilet tissue — we also need laundry
detergent, dish detergent, paper towels, deodorant, shampoo
and other personal care items. Donations can be dropped off
at the TIHAN office (2660 N. 1st Avenue) between the hours
of 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday (although we are
closed on holidays).
Volunteer Hours Online!
It’s time to record
your volunteer hours, and now you can do it online! To try
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’re still welcome to
use the paper version of the Volunteer Impact Report, but no
matter how you report your volunteer hours, thanks for being
part of the TIHAN family!
Has Bicycle Racks!
Tucson’s a great place
to ride a bike, and now you have a place to park yours when
you visit TIHAN! In partnership with United Way's "Days of
Caring" and volunteers from AGM Container Controls, we
installed and painted the racks on Wednesday, October 19. We
hope to see your bike locked to one soon!
A Chance to
Win this Beautiful Quilt for $5!
hand-made quilt, titled "Stained Glass," was created by
Carol Bogg, one of the founding members of TIHAN and our
liaison to Casas Adobes Congregational United Church of
Christ. Carol is raffling off this beautiful quilt (53˝
inches square, lap size), which took her more than 100 hours
to create. All funds raised from raffle ticket sales will
benefit the programs and services that TIHAN provides to
help people with HIV to live well. Tickets are $5 each, or 5
tickets for $20. Raffle tickets go on sale November 6 and
will last through December 18. You do NOT have to be present
at the drawing to win. To purchase raffle tickets, contact
Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Carol and Casas Adobes UCC for your support of
TIHAN and people living with HIV!
Resources: You Are Not Alone
Your health and well-being are foremost in our minds. We at
TIHAN stand with you in good times and during challenging
times. Please know that there are a wealth of
mental/behavioral health resources available to offer
support. For a list of resources,
Maggie, Our New Operations Manager
We are excited to
welcome Maggie McCann to the TIHAN team as our new
Operations Manager. She started work this week, and Mark
Rosenbaum will be training her over the next month. (Mark's
plan is to continue working through December 9, then
transition to a volunteer role on some special projects
— stay tuned for details about a
December "thank you" celebration for Mark.) We're excited to
have Maggie on board, and hope you will give her a warm
Originally from the
Chicago area, Maggie came to Tucson in 1999 to attend the
University of Arizona, where she obtained her degree in
Psychology. She quickly found her niche in the social
services sector, and throughout her career has worked for
various not-for-profit organizations in Tucson and in
Canada. Maggie has a wealth of experience working in
Development, Volunteer Management, Direct Services,
Organizational Management, and Operations. She is passionate
about serving those in need throughout the community and is
excited to be a part of the TIHAN family. In her free time,
Maggie enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, reading and
spending time with her husband, daughter, and three rescue
As Operations Manager
(full-time), Maggie will be managing TIHAN's administrative
volunteer staff, overseeing daily office operations
(including maintaining databases, coordinating
acknowledgement of donations, maintaining office equipment
and systems, and working with vendors), providing program
and fundraising support, and performing many other support
roles. She can be reached at
OperationsManager@tihan.org or 299-6647 ext 204.
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