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. For more about our services, visit our Client Information Page.
HOME & GARDEN 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.
- 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 Tucson Place 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 limited Loan Chest of gently used home health equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, canes 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. SNAP Durable Medical Equipment Release Form will need to be completed upon receipt of the temporarily-loaned 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 520-437-9556. View the current newsletter HERE.
OTHER SPECIAL PROGRAMS:
These information-rich programs usually offer a panel of speakers on a given theme related to aging in place. In 2019, the themes include: Senior Safety and Security; Ensuring Our Legacy and Legal or HealthCare Rights; and Dimensions of Caregiving and Home Health Options. The January 2020 session will focus on Durable Medical Equipment, Assistive Devices and Smart Homes.
HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR
SNAP has organized a Health and Wellness Fair as a free service to friends and neighbors in our extended community. Bright green postcards were mailed to more than 1000 homes in the SNAP service area. Local experts described how to stay healthy and independent, as well as suggested special ways to plan for the future.
The 2016 Health and Wellness Fair was held at St. Alban’s Church (3738 N. Sabino Canyon Road) for care providers, those aging-in-place, disabled, solo seniors or concerned children of aging parents.