An affiliate of the Pima Council on Aging, SNAP (Sunrise Neighborhood Assistance Program) was formed in order to assist seniors to live independently in their residences. Eight Sunrise HOAs are currently involved with SNAP. Its boundaries stretch from Sunrise Road to the north to River Road to the south, and from Craycroft Road to the west to Kolb Road to the east. Within those boundaries, seniors can receive free core services such as transportation, relief for a family caregiver, yard care and advice on how to coordinate care. Tiny Reed, a founder and co-ordinator for SNAP, spoke to our HOA on March 23rd and encouraged us to think of SNAP when we find it difficult to keep up with our regular routine, when we are ill, if we feel isolated or if we have a disability or chronic illness. A monthly SNAP luncheon offers us a social opportunity. It is a brown bag event held on the last Wednesday of the month starting at 11:30 AM at the Sunrise Mt. Ridge clubhouse (at the end of Loma del Bribon).
Another way to participate in SNAP activities is to volunteer in a variety of ways. Volunteering opportunities include telephoning, friendly visiting, assisting with transportation, and helping with mailings. Call SNAP at (520) 437-9556 for more information.
SNAP has arranged for tours of facilities that offer independent living, assisted living and memory care. Another such tour will take place on June 27th with a visit to Splendido at Rancho Vistoso. (Call SNAP at (520) 437-9556 about this.)