In Light of her Retirement, a Message from Linda:
My last day of work at Tu Nidito is in just a couple weeks, so I can’t put off writing this farewell letter any longer. After 31 years, it is difficult to say goodbye. What brought me to this work was the death of my mother to breast cancer when she was 47 and I was 15. I didn’t have a Tu Nidito – a place to be with others who could understand what I was going through and support me. I felt so alone.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, I learned quickly that there were support groups for both my husband and me, but nothing for my teenage daughter. When I completed treatment, I was able to start a program here at Tu Nidito for children who have a parent with a serious medical condition. Tu Nidito has been a pioneer in creating new programming for unmet needs in our community and I am proud to have been a part of that. These programs have provided a space to be comforted, understood, supported and cared for to ensure that no one feels the isolation of being alone in their feelings and choosing less than ideal strategies to fill that void.
In the last weeks as I have been preparing for my retirement, I have been filled with memories. Memories of the families that I have learned so much from and who trusted us during the most difficult days of their lives. Memories of the staff members, volunteers, board members, donors, community members and others who have made a Tu Nidito possible with their generosity of time and resources.
I leave with abundant gratitude for all those who have made this place what it is today and for a future where the healing continues. This little nest is in the good hands of those who love it as much as I do.
A Note from our Board Chair: Richard Thompson
I am excited and honored to serve as your Board Chair this year. As I begin my term I wanted to reach out to all of you and share an important volunteer opportunity. Tu Nidito is strategically working to expand our Board of Directors. Last week, I took a look at the 2022 year-end statistics for our program participants and was incredibly moved by the depth and breadth of the diversity of the community we serve. I realized that our Board is not as representative of our community as we would like it to be. It is important for our Board of Directors to lift up the voices of those we serve in our programs and represent the fabric of southern Arizona. If you are interested in learning more about our Board service opportunities, please reach out to me at [email protected] or Liz McCusker [email protected]. Volunteering on the Board is open to past volunteers and program participants as well as representative from the community at large.
A Moving Experience,
By: Debbie Rich
I got up on a beautiful Saturday morning to attend the Tu Nidito volunteer training that was held on January 28th. As a new employee, I was excited to learn about the volunteer training and meet our incoming volunteers. I noticed that I was running a few minutes late, but wasn’t too concerned – saying to myself, “this is Tucson, no one is ever on time”. I drove into the parking lot and it was packed at 8:55. Everyone was inside ready to go, waiting for the day to start.
Meet Tu Nidito at Kendra Scott at La Encantada on Thursday February 9, from 12pm to 2pm. Enjoy sips, sweets & shopping for good! 20% of sales will go to Tu Nidito when you mention us at checkout.
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A new resource to care for all you love
You’ve supported us in lifting up children, young adults, and each other as we grieve deaths of
those we love, and we’re so grateful to have you on this journey. With deep gratitude, we’re sharing our new partnership with FreeWill: an estate planning resource you can use to make or update your will in just 20 minutes for free—no matter where you are in your life journey. Having an up-to-date will is critical for protecting your loved ones and securing your future. Creating a community of acceptance and understanding for everyone grieving a serious medical condition or death begins with keeping one another safe, so begin your plans today!
Save the date for The Remarkable Celebration, Mamma Mia! May 13, 2023 at 6pm at The Tucson Country Club.
Celebrating Laura Baker, Linda Hardy, Ann Lovell, Sylvia Quigley and Laurie Wetterschneider.
The #1 coping strategy for those grieving is spending more time with family and friends. Almost a full 50% of those grieving intensely say spending more time with friends and family is extremely helpful. Here are the top 5 coping strategies:
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