We’d like to share the following information with you about last Thursday’s Poz Café event. Since not all the volunteers from the sponsoring congregations have email, please share this report with the volunteers from your group. You might want to consider including a report in your congregation’s bulletin or newsletter.
We have included some photos from the event. If you would like more, please let me know.
Some highlights from this month:
Our sponsoring congregations brought 15 congregational volunteers to help this month, at least 3 of whom were joining us for the first time. Thank you all for your willingness to help! Our regular TIHAN volunteers did a great job of helping the congregational volunteers have an experience of learning and serving.
We would also like to share a few comments from congregational volunteers that really speak to the atmosphere of the event:
The best part of Poz Café was:
We want to thank our Poz Café 101 Educational Hour speakers for their volunteer time: Linda relayed the history of TIHAN and the story of the Poz Café monthly event, and taught basic information about HIV and AIDS so that all of our congregational volunteers were prepared to serve with a common level of knowledge about these issues. Jeffrey shared his personal story of living with HIV and becoming part of the TIHAN community, placing Linda’s educational facts into a real-life context. Our Poz Café 101 team hopes you enjoyed the educational hour and feel well-informed to outreach within your communities and continue the mission of decreasing the stigma of those living with HIV/AIDS. The congregational volunteers arrived en masse and were ready to prepare the meal and hall for a fabulous lunch and afternoon of compassion and connecting with people living with HIV. We appreciate the energy that was generated and all the fellowship that our volunteers provided to our CarePartners. Special thanks go to congregational coordinators Beverly Mahl, Laura Stehle, Consuelo Lucero, Deacon Ralph Taylor, Dianne Gundersen, and Father John Smith for all their efforts in planning, shopping for food, collecting Care Package and raffle/BINGO prize items, and organizing the congregational volunteers. A special thank-you also goes to out to the clergy in attendance, in addition to those who served as coordinators: Reverend Vicki Hesse and Monsignor Thomas Cahalane volunteered with their congregations. Thanks so much for joining us!
We hope you had a great time, and if you’d like to volunteer with Poz Café more than the once a year that your congregation sponsors the event, please contact us at 299-6647!
Having started with just a handful of people at those first luncheons so many years ago, Poz Café is now the largest regular gathering place for people living with HIV in Southern Arizona! TIHAN is 100% privately funded and counts on people like you to continue this program, and all of our work.
If you or someone you know would like to make a financial donation to help support Poz Café and keep this program operating, your contribution is greatly needed, and appreciated! Make a donation now and write in the “memo line” of your check that it is for Poz Café (or CLICK HERE TO DONATE to make a secure online donation.) And please encourage your faith community to make a contribution to keep TIHAN operating. The economy has affected all of our faith communities, our CarePartners, and TIHAN; but we have faith that you can help us sustain our programs. We cannot continue this work without the financial support of our faith communities and volunteers. Please help advocate for funding for TIHAN in your congregation and in any way that you can do so.
Poz Café is made possible in part by donations from compassionate congregations and individuals of TIHAN, along with funding from Rincon Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, and the Sundt Foundation. Support for transportation is provided by Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest and COPE Community Services.
Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN)
2660 N. 1st Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85719
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