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Duet launches support group for LGBTQ+ family caregivers


Duet: Partners in Health & Aging, a nonprofit interfaith organization that provides free-of-charge services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities and “grandfamilies” in Phoenix, will be hosting an ongoing support group for caregivers in the LGBTQ+ community.

Beginning June 6, the caregiver support group will meet from 2-3:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of every month at Community Church of Hope, located at 4124 North 6th Drive in Phoenix.

The meetings will consist of emotional support, helpful tips and ways to better navigate caregiving – whether caring for a spouse, partner, parent or other.

– Shelly Everson, Duet: Partners in Health & Aging

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Agendas to keep you on task in 2019

2019 agendas

Deadlines come quicker than you think, but with an agenda on hand, you’ll never fall behind. See which agenda is right for you:

For money-saving queens

The Blue Sky Tabbed Planner won’t break the bank and features full monthly and weekly view pages for detailed planning.

For major organizers

The Panda Planner comes equipped with six info-packed e-books to help you succeed and quick videos on how to boost productivity.

For decorative workers

The Ultimate LifePlanner from Erin Condren will help your busy life stay intact and keep you looking classy, so you don’t miss a beat.

Carolyn Taylor, The Oklahoma 100

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Domestic violence: Understanding the signs and safety planning

domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is not physical violence alone. Domestic violence is any behavior where the purpose is to gain power and control over a spouse, partner, girl/boyfriend or intimate family member. Abuse is a learned behavior; it is not caused by anger, mental problems, drugs, alcohol or other excuses.

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave or after you leave.

Everyone in the community has a role in responding to and helping victims overcome domestic violence. For more, click here.

– Julie Peterson, Sojourner Center

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Pat Tillman American Legion Post gets new home

Pat Tillman

There are nearly 125 American Legion posts across Arizona, but none with a more well-known name than American Legion Pat Tillman Post 117.

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion has evolved from a few World War I veterans into the largest wartime veterans’ organization with nearly 15,000 local posts throughout the United States and over 3 million members who care about America, veterans, their families and American youth.

Legionnaires participate in many community activities, including parades, memorials and dedications.

– Scott Hanson, HMA Public Relations

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Oro Valley closes ball fields for improvements

JDK Park

The James D. Kriegh Park (JDK Park) is the oldest and most heavily used park in Oro Valley. But parts of the park are showing their age, so JDK Park’s softball and baseball areas are getting remodeled.

This is the home of CDO Little League, which has been here for 40 years. We’ve had generations of families learn how to play baseball here — to the extent that we’ve had young boys, now men, going on to the big leagues. This is their home when they come back, but it’s also the heart of our community.

Renovations will continue through March.

– Kristy Diaz-Trahan, Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Director

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New homeless shelter coming to Bullhead City

floor plan of homeless shelter

Planning and zoning commissioners recently approved a 50-year conditional-use permit allowing Housing for Hope Inc. to build and operate a homeless shelter in Bullhead City, Arizona.

The 10,500-square-foot, $2 million building will house a family shelter, men’s and women’s shelter, veterans beds, outreach center, commercial kitchen and counseling services. The shelter will be the first of its kind in the area. Construction is set to begin in mid-to-late fall, and the shelter could be in operation by the first quarter of 2019.

Housing for Hope is an affiliate of Catholic Charities Community Services.

– Jean Christofferson, Housing for Hope