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Pima County 11-year old nonprofit providing free, neighbor-helping-neighbor services, programs and social activities to help those 55 and over age positively in place, for as long as possible.

August 5 Legacy Planning and Ice Cream Social

Our information-rich programs offer a panel of speakers on a given theme related to aging in place, and SNAP’s August 5 info-expo session is no exception.

Joining us will be Elise Bajor from Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Shanelle Schmitz from Zack & Schmitz, PLC and Suzanne Morrison and Karen MacDonald from Interfaith Community Services.

Each panelist (or team) will offer insights related to our theme, “Legacy Planning for the Generations”:

  • Elise Bajohr will report on Health Surrogates and Solo Senior and the importance of “Getting the Medical Care You Want”;
  • Shanelle Schmitz will discuss the legal aspects of estate planning; and
  • Suzanne Morrison and Karen MacDonald will review advanced directives and events and resources from the End of Life Care Partnerships.

There will be time for questions, an information table, as well as SNAP’s annual ice cream social to cool you off and ease your spirit while learning about these important aspects of aging.

The community is invited to attend on August 5, from 2-3:30 PM at Lutheran Church of the Foothills Activity Room. For information, email:

SNAP Aug 5 Legacy Ice Cream Social

Meet SNAP’s New Volunteer Management Team

Photos coming soon!

Lynda Stites will officially join the SNAP team on July 1 as Volunteer Program Manager.

Diane Tooroian
will join us August 1 as Administrative Assistant.

Both bring unique experience and energy to the positions, along with a strong commitment to their communities and to volunteerism:

  • Lynda Stites, trained in paralegal administration, has experience in nonprofit administration and training, mentoring teens and leading Training Retreats in Kansas City. For the past five years Lynda has provided volunteer administrative support for the Tu Nidito nonprofit organization, working in development, volunteer services and event planning. Lynda also has chaired the Human Rights Committee for the Arizona Department of Economic Security Department of Developmental Disabilities, District South since 2014. A Tucson native, Lynda is an avid tennis player and hiker in addition to her volunteering passions.

  • Diane Tooroian has worked with the Pima County Health Department in office administration and also has experience with 911 call dispatching with Pima County Sheriff’s Department. She is an artist, a volunteer caregiver in her community, and has planned and implemented special safety programs, including fire and accident prevention. In addition, Diane assisted Public Health Nursing in partnership with Tucson Fire Department in developing a fall prevention program for seniors in her community.  Diane fosters with Southern Arizona Humane Society and is an accomplished stained glass artist and potter.

In the weeks ahead, watch for photos and emails of our new team members. In the meantime, you may reach Lynda and Diane at


SNAP’s Tour of Handmaker on July 18

Senior Facility Tour
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 10:30-2:30
The Handmaker Community

Reserve ASAP – Space is limited: or call: 437-9556

The folks at Handmaker have planned an informative visit for SNAP. A Handmaker bus will depart the LCF parking lot at  10:30 AM,  bringing SNAP’s group to the facilities at Grant and Rosemont. The group will return to LCF approximately 2:00 PM.

Handmaker offers several levels of care and services making them a true community. The community campus has five neighborhoods, each with its own character and purpose. 

  1. The Bregman & Golding neighborhood specializes in post-hospital rehabilitation, providing exceptional care, with 24-hour a day nursing professionals, supervised care, social workers, therapists and physician teams working together to design individualized care plans for everyone staying during their recovery.
  1. Specializing in Memory/Dementia Care, the Kalmanovitz Neighborhood is a place for full-time care and assistance with bathing, eating, medication management, physical movement, cognitive impairments and other individualized needs.
  1. The Rich Neighborhood is residential and perfect for those with chronic illnesses or the need for additional post-hospital rehabilitative care.
  1. The Rubin Neighborhood provides assisted living, where residents live independently or may only need minimal assistance with medication or gentle assistance with daily tasks.
  1. The Tynan Neighborhood is specifically created for seniors with needs that exceed the care typically available in other assisted living programs.

Cydney Turner, Handmaker Director of Marketing/Admissions, has organized SNAP’s tour — planning a fun and informative session, with resources about Handmaker rehab, long term nursing and assisted living facilities. We’ll also hear more about the Adventure Bus.

Lunch! Handmaker is a kosher community — Cydney has reserved the great room for a gourmet lunch featuring a mixed green salad of  roasted tomatoes, carrots, red onion, toasted barley and rosemary mint dressing. The main course will be pan seared halibut, mashed red lentils, wilted spinach and tomatoes, and whole grain mustard cream sauce with potato gnocchi and grilled vegetables. There is a flourless chocolate torte for dessert, not to be missed, with iced tea, lemonade, regular and deaf coffee.

After lunch, time permitting, SNAP will tour one of the assisted living apartments.
Please register early — Space is limited.

SNAP is hiring a Volunteer Coordinator (P/T)

Spread the word!

SNAP is now recruiting for a part-time Volunteer Coordinator to help develop and manage its volunteer recruitment, training and recognition program.

Do you want to contribute to the growth of a relevant community organization focused on an age-in-place mission, and also work as part of small congenial team in a flexible, 20-hour per week assignment? Independent contractors with relevant community experience, please email resume to: or call Monica Surfaro Spigelman 914-772-6607 (cell) for additional information.