SNAP’s core services of transportation, friendly visits, errands, occasional meals, caregiver relief, shopping assistance, phone reassurance and the loan of gently used equipment help clients remain safe and independent at home as they age. These services may be temporary or long-term. A short training program is mandated for volunteers prior to providing these services and is offered to small groups of volunteers on a monthly basis. All drivers must provide a current driver’s license and auto liability insurance equal to the minimum limits required by the state of Arizona.
Core services, which are provided upon a client’s request and at no charge, are delivered by volunteers to various clients over a period of time or to the same client on a regular basis. Volunteers are also available to make minor home repairs (e.g. changing a light bulb, hanging a picture, etc.) for clients, who pay the cost of materials and supplies.
HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR
Each Fall, SNAP organizes a Health and Wellness Fair as a free service to friends and neighbors in our extended community. Bright green postcards are mailed to more than 1000 homes in the SNAP service area each October. Local experts describe how to stay healthy and independent, as well as suggesting special ways to plan for the future.
The 2016 Health and Wellness Fair is scheduled to be held at St. Alban’s Church (3738 N. Sabino Canyon Road) in November. If you are a care provider, are aging-in-place, disabled, living by yourself or concerned about aging parents, you will not want to miss this informative event. Watch for your bright green postcard in October and RSVP quickly, as seating is limited!
HOME~GARDEN & TREASURES TOUR
This annual Spring fundraising event is an invitation to view a number of unique homes and gardens (and special treasures) in our own community and to gain a sense of neighborhood camaraderie. It is an excellent opportunity to get ideas for remodeling your own home or fixing up your yard.
SNAP recruits additional volunteers to help with home-hosting, ticket sales, signage, traffic control, cooking etc. for this major event. A pre-tour and dinner is held on Saturday preceding the event for all volunteers working on Tour Day. The monies raised support SNAP operations, programs and services.
Special Projects in our service area have been driven by resident input through ELDER Alliance techniques which revealed what is still needed to make aging in place in our community a bit easier and more enjoyable.
Thanks to a special data-gathering process developed through the ELDER Alliance, residents have revealed what they think is still needed to make this area an even better place to live and grow old. Two major projects emerged: the Tortuga Trail Project and the Caregiver Support Project.
- The Tortuga* Trail is a pedestrian pathway running through the middle of the original Sunrise/Fairfield community. It was built nearly 40 years ago and had fallen into disrepair on both ends. During 2013-2014, SNAP repaired and revitalized the Trail to encourage its use for fitness, social contacts and appreciation of our desert environment. Nature walks and group outings provide further educational and recreational opportunities for current and future residents.
- Spring 2014 marked the official Tortuga Trail dedication. A memorable ceremony with dignitaries and community leaders in attendance, “old favorites” of trail music, a discussion of native vegetation, pedometers from Walgreens for attendees and a group walk along the Trail. Botanical signage identifies a variety of plants along the Trail. The revitalized Trail adds value to community residents’ lives and all who live in the SNAP service area.
(* Spanish translation for turtle and Native American symbol for wisdom and longevity)
- The Caregiver Support Project provides support and assistance to family members, friends and neighbors who care for loved ones with dementia at home on a 24-hour basis. SNAP has partnered with Freedom Inn at Ventana Canyon and the Alzheimer’s Association—Desert Southwest Chapter—to create a neighborhood-based program which reduces the stigma of dementia and addresses some of the ever-increasing concerns of family members who are providing that care for those older adults with dementia.
- The plan is to strive for a “dementia-friendly community” that focuses on educating residents, developing a caregiver support group, providing training for caregivers and offering short-term social respite to clients with dementia.
ONGOING PROGRAMS & SERVICES
- The SNAP Lunch Bunch is an informal and ever-changing group of men and women who share a meal together in the Sunrise Mountain Ridge clubhouse (6940 E. Loma del Bribon) on the last Wednesday of each month from 11:30 to 1 P.M. Transportation may be requested by calling the SNAP office in advance. No reservations are required for this social event, drawing 10-40 people. There is no planned program but attendees always enjoy a lively discussion. Advanced notice signs are placed in various Sunrise communities. Participants bring their own brown bag lunch and SNAP provides a beverage and dessert.
- SNAP maintains a Loan Chest of gently used home health equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, electric lift chair, toilet seats and shower stools) which may be ordered through the SNAP office at 520-437-9556. There is no cost to use any of the equipment.
- “Snapshots” is a quarterly newsletter sent electronically to friends and supporters of the organization; it is also mailed to all clients not connected to the Internet. A copy may be requested by calling the SNAP office at