At Border Eco Magazine, we are delighted to showcase a remarkable and innovative addition to our region's performing arts landscape. The visionary initiative "Step Above Performing Arts" aims to elevate Santa Cruz County's cultural tapestry to new heights, and we are thrilled to share it with the community.
Dedicated to excellence, education, and entertainment, Step Above Performing Arts promises to unite performers, audiences, and the community in a memorable celebration of talent, passion, and inspiration. As Santa Cruz County embarks on a new era of artistic excellence, we invite you to join us on this extraordinary journey!
According to Erica Teller, the owner, director, and teacher, she is currently the driving force behind A Step Above School of Performing Arts. With her passion for dance and her dedication to nurturing young talent, Erica has successfully built a thriving community of dancers in Santa Cruz County.
Over the past 11 years, A Step Above has become a beloved institution in the Rio Rico area. The partnership with the Rio Rico Fitness Center was instrumental in gauging interest and laying the foundation for what would eventually become a flourishing business. What started as a humble experiment has now grown into a renowned school that instills the love of dance in children throughout the county.
The success of A Step Above can be attributed to its commitment to providing high-quality dance education. Erica's expertise as an owner, director, and teacher ensures that every student receives top-notch training and guidance. She brings years of experience in various dance styles and techniques, allowing her to offer a diverse curriculum that caters to different interests and skill levels.
Our humble beginnings have blossomed into a vibrant and thriving institution. I am truly grateful for the unwavering support of our dance families. Their dedication and commitment have played a significant role in the success of our program. Even after their child(ren) have moved on from dancing with us, these families continue to stand by our side, offering their encouragement and assistance whenever needed.
It is important to acknowledge the immense contribution of my own family, especially my husband, who has been my pillar of strength throughout this journey. Their unwavering belief in me and my vision has been instrumental in overcoming challenges and achieving milestones.
In addition to my family, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Celia
Concannon. When I first arrived in this community, feeling unfamiliar and isolated, Celia reached out and introduced me to other members of the community. She not only helped me establish connections but also provided me with my very first opportunity to volunteer. Her kindness and support were invaluable during those early days.
The support we receive from individuals like Celia is a testament to the power of community. It is through these acts of kindness and inclusion that we are able to overcome the challenges of feeling unfamiliar and isolated.
Celia's willingness to reach out and introduce me to others not only helped me establish connections, but it also instilled a sense of belonging and purpose. Her selflessness in providing me with my very first opportunity to volunteer not only enriched my life but also inspired me to pay it forward and become an active member of this community. Celia's kindness and support were truly invaluable during those early days, and her impact continues to resonate with me and others in this close-knit community.
I am forever grateful to Renee Neuman and the Larriva family for their unwavering support and belief in me when I was just starting out. They gave me the opportunity to test my entrepreneurial skills and see if I had what it takes to establish my own business. Their trust in me was invaluable, and without their guidance, A Step Above would not have come into existence.
But it doesn't stop there; my gratitude extends to all the dance families, both past and present, who have been a part of our studio. Their loyalty and dedication have been the pillars that have kept us going through thick and thin. The love they share for our studio is infectious, creating a vibrant community that fuels our passion for dance.
Living in Rio Rico and being a part of Santa Cruz County for nearly two decades has taught me the true value of community. The relationships we build here are not just fleeting connections; they are bonds that withstand the test of time. In this close-knit community, neighbors support one another through thick and thin, creating a sense of belonging that is truly unparalleled.
“As a passionate advocate for the arts, I deeply believe in the transformative power of creative expression, and it is my mission to build a flourishing artistic community where students of all ages and backgrounds can explore, develop, and showcase their talents in an inclusive and nurturing setting,” said Erica Teller.
For more information about A Step Above School of Performing Arts contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (520)604-2871
The Santa Cruz County Recorder's Office is a public agency that is responsible for maintaining and providing public access to records related to real estate and elections. The office has five staff members who work to ensure that these records are accurate, accessible, and secure.
The Recorder's Office maintains a variety of records related to real estate, including deeds, trust deeds, maps, and surveys. These records are used to track ownership of property and to resolve disputes. The office also provides copies of these records to the public upon request.
The Recorder's Office also manages the election process in Santa Cruz County. The office is responsible for providing voter registration forms, retaining voter registration information, facilitating early voting, mailing ballots, and verifying signatures. The office works to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to participate in the electoral process.
The Santa Cruz County Recorder's Office is a vital part of the county government. The office's work helps to ensure that the public has access to important information about real estate and elections. The office also works to protect the integrity of the electoral process.
Saibet Gastelum, Senior Recording and Elections Clerk
Rosa Anna Fajardo, Recording and Elections Clerk
Angel Aguilar, Recording and Elections Clerk
Monica Gutierrez, Recording and Elections Clerk
Victoria Padilla, Recording and Elections Clerk
We strive to provide the highest level of customer service in the recording or election process. Our service area includes all of Santa Cruz County. 'We are funded by the State of Arizona,' says Anita Moreno, County Recorder.
People from Santa Cruz County benefit from having our organization in their community in a number of ways.
We provide a convenient and affordable way for people to record important documents, such as deeds, mortgages, and business agreements. This helps to ensure that these documents are legally valid and that they are accessible to the public.
We also make it easy for people to register to vote and to obtain voting materials. This helps to ensure that all eligible voters have a voice in our democracy.
As a public servant, we serve the community, but we also attend to the needs of individuals outside Santa Cruz County who require documents to be recorded in our county.
We are committed to providing quality services to all members of our community, regardless of their location. We are proud to be a part of the Santa Cruz County community and we are committed to serving the needs of our residents.
Anita Moreno, the Santa Cruz County Recorder, said: "We are a new team. When I came into office on January 3, 2023, most of the team had only been here for a few months. In the past four months, I have seen their positive attitude and eagerness to learn and be the best in their game."
According to Mrs. Moreno, "In anticipation of the 2024 Presidential Election, I am committed to ensuring that the Santa Cruz County Recorder's Office is prepared to handle the increased workload." While the election process is challenging, I am confident that we can overcome any obstacle and ensure a successful and undeviating outcome.
Autism currently affects one out of every 32 children, and in some areas, it affects one out of every twenty. How prepared are we as a society? It is important to work together to bridge the gaps and provide resources and training to our community. Michelle Renee Ramarez President Southern Arizona Autism Association said that we are a bi-national program that is committed to meeting the needs of our constantly changing community.
We are thrilled to announce that the Southern Arizona Autism Association will now be housed in Mariposa Community Health Center, working in an integrative setting to expand treatment services and education programs for the autism community. This collaboration is of utmost importance, as it will allow us to work with various agencies locally and throughout the state, as well as our local and state governments, to bring education, awareness, and advocacy to a broader range of settings.
We would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to Dr. Eladio Pereira, Cassalyn David, and Dr. Frank Bejarano DBH LPC for making this dream a reality!
Together, we will celebrate neurodiversity and usher in May as Mental Health Awareness Month.We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Mayor Jorge Maldonado and the Council members of the City of Nogales. They issued the Autism Awareness Month Proclamation for 2023.
A special thanks to Councilman Saulo Bonilla for presenting it to our Board of Directors, Dr. Frank Bejarano DBH LPC and Dr. Tanya Henry MD pediatrics of Mariposa Community Health Center, where it will be displayed. Their advocacy efforts and dedication to both the autism community and our community have been instrumental in providing necessary support and services for individuals and their families to improve their quality of life.
March 2, 2023, Tubac, AZ. Tubac Center of the Arts, (TCA) is pleased to welcome new staff, Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb and Johannes Loutsch. Lisa is joining TCA as the new Exhibits and Programs Manager. This new position was created as the former Artistic Director position was split into two positions. Karon Leigh, the former Artistic Director now enjoys her new role as the Marketing Manager. Johannes Loutsch joined TCA in October 2022, as the new Director of the Tubac School of Fine Art. He is working side by side as co-director with Leslie Miller, who will be retiring this summer.
Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb is a museum professional and artist with 26 years of experience in museums. She began her career at the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) where she was associate curator of education and later curator of education. In 2009 she became the associate director and education director at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures (TMTM), Tucson.
In 2016, Lisa was promoted to the position of executive director. During her tenure as executive director, grants and sponsorships doubled, she assisted with the growth and development of the museum’s board, and expanded the staff.
Lisa is a professional artist with an MFA in studio art concentrating in Painting and Drawing. Lisa exhibits her work regularly in both local and national galleries, museums and art centers.
Johannes and his wife, Elena relocated to Tubac in June 2022 from Scottsdale. Johannes brings a plethora of talent and experience to the director position. He is a strategic and award-winning creative executive with exceptional talent in the development of fully integrated campaigns. Throughout his career he has provided strategy, creative direction, operations, and production guidance for organizations ranging from startups & nonprofits to advertising agencies and Fortune 100 companies.
A true multi-platform creator, Johannes has a lengthy track record of significant accomplishments in digital content, advertising, and entertainment as both a maker and brand-story evangelist. His strategic instincts, business savvy, and leadership skills are world-class and highly respected throughout the industry.
The Santa Cruz County School Superintendent, Alfredo I. Velásquez along with Promoting Healthy Students Initiative personnel held their 6th Annual Meet and Greet event. Many agencies and school personnel were in attendance.
Our annual Meet and Greet events aim to bring school personnel and agencies together in order to connect schools to the resources that are available in our community. This shared experience provides schools with the tools they need to help their families.
During the Meet and Greet event on March 1st, thirty-two agencies set up booths with their information, flyers and brochures highlighting the services that they provide. Over 120 participants attended the two-hour long event held on the second floor of the Santa Cruz County Complex.
Participants commented on the fact that they were unaware of the amount of programs and offerings for support in the community. In our exit surveys, 84% of participants said that the event was exceptional and 78% rated the information and handouts as exceptional. One participant added that, “The fact that all of them (agencies) are in the same place at the same time (was) very effective and efficient.”
In honor of Career and Technical Education Month, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 (SCV35) is proud to highlight the Agriscience program at Rio Rico High School.
Richard McPherson is considered a shining star in the SCV35 District. Superintendent David Y. Verdugo recently interviewed McPherson about his participation in the creation of a nationwide drone program that teaches students how to operate and become licensed to fly a drone.
In his interview, Mcpherson said that in recent years, the Arizona Department of Education changed its technical standards for AgriScience to include Technology Innovation and Drone Technology into the standards. McPherson immediately began working on a program. “I jumped on board and started creating a curriculum to teach and cover that standard, ” said McPherson. During his research, he found out that 100,000 drone pilots would be needed in agriculture by 2025. With high demand and a higher-than-average starting salary, McPherson felt it would be a good opportunity for students.
Further research concluded that the only requirement to be a drone pilot is that the pilot must be 16 years of age and pass the Part 107 pilot test.
After sharing his research with students, McPherson said nontraditional agriculture students were intrigued by the career possibilities. “Those numbers, job opportunities, and everything that (was) associated with that just got really interesting and really motivating for students that were not your traditional chicken, egg, greenhouse, tomato, tilapia student, but was involved with technology, innovation, (and) forward thinking.”
The curriculum includes how to fly the drone with good hand-eye coordination and dexterity and preparation for the Part 107 test. McPherson helped launch the curriculum in August of 2022 and has been traveling the country since, speaking at various conferences about the curriculum and the huge demand for drone pilots.
As part of personalized learning plans at Rio Rico High School, students have access to the program.. McPherson said there are 5 or 6 students currently who will test in May for their licenses.
Crossroads Nogales Mission transforms the lives of individuals and families who suffer from addiction, homelessness, and abuse. It was founded in 1995 by Ben Wenke and Bert Wenke. As a Christ-centered organization, the Crossroads Nogales Mission is committed to serving the local area. A non-profit shelter community that provides help, hope, compassionate care and recovery to disadvantaged men, women and families who are homeless, addicted or involved in domestic violence.
The shelter provides housing, food, resources, and recovery programs for those in need. As the only homeless shelter and recovery center in South Central Arizona, Crossroads Mission is unique. As part of its mission and commitment, Crossroads Nogales Mission provides a wide variety of services, including food and shelter, addiction recovery, shelter from domestic violence, spiritual teachings, job placement instruction, and housing assistance.
"Our mission at Crossroads Nogales Mission is to help homeless and hurting individuals achieve productive and stable lives through transformation through the Gospel. We strive to transform people from homelessness and addiction to productive, meaningful lives," said Alejandra Martinez Executive Director for the Crossroads Nogales Mission.
Crossroads Nogales Mission provides housing for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Shelter, food, and care are provided along with healing counseling and legal assistance, with the ultimate goal of guiding the families toward self-sufficiency through employment.
In 2022, the Crossroads Nogales Mission provided a tremendous service to their community. They provided 3,127 nights of lodging for those in need, and served over 26,598 meals to hungry men, women, and children. Additionally, they gave out 11,899 food baskets to families, and provided referrals to other agencies as needed. It is clear that the Crossroads Nogales Mission is dedicated to helping those in need in their community.
With your help, we can continue to provide guidance and support from our faithful Lord to help these individuals and families become self-sustaining and productive members of society. We strive to ensure that all of our clients have access to the resources and assistance they need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Your support is essential in helping us to continue our mission and make a lasting impact on our community, said Ms Martinez.
Volunteers are needed since we are a small staff running the daily operations. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation, please contact us at: (520)287-5828
Crossroads Nogales Mission
Attn: Alejandra Martinez, Director
338 North Morley Avenue
Nogales, AZ 85621
In southern Arizona, we have an organization making waves across border towns. Startup Unidos sees border challenges as opportunities to address social and environmental justice. An innovative binational and bilingual approach, SU unites diverse networks from industry, government, academia, and grassroots movements to provide culturally-anchored entrepreneurship support and innovative workforce development to marginalized border communities. It serves borderlanders.
Since 2015, Startup Unidos and Stephanie Bermudez, a Nogales native, have been exploring economic development and workforce development initiatives.
The Downtown Innovation Campus program was inspired by Nogales Community Development and Lead Local in 2015. In 2018, it began offering its programming at SCC.
Stephanie Bermudez is the founder of Startup Unidos. “My roles are as CEO and in developing and facilitating intergenerational entrepreneurship and workforce programs that are culturally anchored. I also offer bilingual education for youth and small businesses and organize events,” said CEO Stephanie Bermudez.
Throughout everything we do, we are rooted in a deep passion for the binational, bilingual culture of Arizona USA and Sonora MEX. Every aspect of our business is driven by our passion for improving the quality of life for the communities we serve, from our branding to our programs to where and how we market our services.
“In 2017, I moved back home and founded Startup Unidos as part of a program in Hermosillo led by the State of Sonora Secretary of Economy and Harvard T.H. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where I was certified, and the business plan was also in completing a program in International Innovation and Sustainability where we advanced to sonora:lab Bunker, a technology startup accelerator and continued to validate our business model. The Southwest Folklife Alliance was our first customer, a non-profit affiliate of The University of Arizona.”
The only other employee at Startup Unidos is Alejandra Canedo who is a brand designer, giving life and managing groundbreaking projects like Waste Binn and Borderoots. We have about six to eight people working on our programs at any given time.
Since its inception, the program has sustained itself through bootstrapping. In addition to government funding and a family foundation, the organization receives private funding.
Startup Unidos has successfully positioned itself as the only organization that offers a culturally relevant approach to cross-border economic development centered on family and community. We celebrate and leverage the unique history and people of our region in our business model.
We are dedicated to empowering emerging Latinx entrepreneurs to identify themselves, gain industry knowledge, connect to culture and community, solve local problems, innovate and prosper like never before in light of the growing need and desire for lasting change along the border.
Startup Unidos developed and implemented the county’s first small business outreach strategy and marketing plan to support small businesses, in collaboration with the county’s ARPA program.
The Startup Unidos team developed and supported a comprehensive bilingual radio, social media, and traditional print media strategy, messaging, and execution. They also developed and delivered small business workshops with logistics and content development support. As a result, small businesses and nonprofits in the county could find out about the small business support services available to them.
In Nogales, NOGECO is a team of seven middle school, high school and early college students who addressed a serious issue. The NOGECO team was guided through workshops by Startup Unidos, a regionally recognized organization that promotes innovation without borders, and the University of Arizona Office of Sustainability Compost Cats, who provided mentorship to the NOGECO team during the development process, focusing on economic, environmental, and social sustainability. They explored different approaches to reducing food waste at the border.
The Startup Unidos team is committed to establishing new businesses and enhancing social capital in order to contribute to positive economic impacts. As a result of our efforts to improve business opportunities in underserved communities and to ease poverty at the state level, we have received commendations. The contributions we make are not only game-changing but also life-altering. We don't try to put the uniqueness of the communities we serve into any old box.
Lead Local's Founder, Robin Breault, says Startup Unidos fills a need many entrepreneurial support organizations ignore or attempt to address through retrofitting programs designed for mainstream entrepreneurs.
Startup Unidos has successfully positioned itself as the only organization that takes a consistent, culturally relevant approach to cross-border economic development. Embracing the unique culture and history of the region, its business model is designed to capitalize on its strengths.
In response to the growing need and desire for permanent, real change along the border, they are committed to empowering Latinx entrepreneurs to self-identify, acquire industry knowledge, connect with their communities and cultures, solve local problems, innovate and succeed. For more information please contact Stephanie Bermudez CEO of Startup Unidos at: email@example.com
On Wednesday, December 21, 2022, Croppers, Nogales Housing Authority, Borderlands Food Bank, CSL Plasma, Making Connections 4U, Walmart, and Safeway distributed 120 "care boxes" to the elderly across Santa Cruz County. The Nogales Housing Authority assisted in identifying those elders who would benefit from the program.
We thank all the local organizations that contributed to this project as well as caring individuals who took time out of their busy schedules to think about our elders this holiday season, commented Robert Thompson-Nogales Housing Program Director.
Staff from the Nogales Housing Authority and Croppers packaged and distributed the "care boxes." Knit gloves, hats, scarves, and socks were included in the boxes. Food edibles were donated by Borderlands Food Bank, Safeway donated cookies, and Walmart donated bags. Those care boxes were distributed by Croppers to Bowman Senior Residence residents. There were also boxes distributed at the Housing Authority in the senior community.
“It was our pleasure. The team and I all had a good time and really felt a sense of satisfaction helping the community,” said Carl Krause Cropper's Nogales Auto Center Vice President.
We would not have been able to accomplish this project without the support of many caring members of our community. We know firsthand how difficult it is for these people to make ends meet. Due to the excessive cost of basic goods, it is difficult to maintain a living on a fixed budget. " Every year, we hope to bring smiles to people in need. We hope to increase the number of boxes we give out," Thompson said. If you would like to be a part of this cause, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (520) 216-5058.
In 2020, Justice of the Peace, Emilio G. Velasquez implemented a Recovery Court program in Santa Cruz County. The grant-funded program, in collaboration with local organizations, provides a restorative justice approach to treat individuals who have committed nonviolent crimes related to substance abuse. The recovery court treatment suspends charges until defendants have completed the program successfully in an attempt to address underlying substance abuse. In December of 2022, the program exited the first Recovery Court graduate. J.T., identified only by initials to protect his privacy, stood before Judge Velasquez for the last time. "It's amazing that a whole year has gone by," said Velasquez. Judge Velasquez congratulated the defendant for all of his hard work in the program over the past year. The program not only requires a lot of self-reflection and hard work but good time management skills as well. Participants are required to attend a number of meetings each week for peer support and substance abuse, as well as submit to regular drug testing and counseling. "I had to attend and actively participate in weekly meetings at the Circles of Peace. I had to find a sponsor to help me get and stay sober. I had to attend multiple AA meetings every week. I had to undergo random drug tests on a weekly basis. What a nuisance! What misery! What a disaster," said J.T. Judge Velasquez read aloud in court a letter submitted by the graduate titled, "How Recovery Court has helped my recovery and changed my life." As the words from his letter echoed back to him, J.T. showed genuine emotion, particularly when the Judge read about the defendant's experience with Circles of Peace. "I met the wonderful people at Circles of Peace who showed genuine care for me. I felt understood, safe, and among my peers. It was there and then that I decided to turn my life around for good." From the very first meeting, our group leaders made it clear that their goal was not to judge me but to help me stay sober and succeed." Before providing the defendant with a certificate of completion and a congratulatory cupcake, Judge Velasquez read aloud the defendant's final expression of gratitude for the program. "Last but certainly not least, I want to sincerely thank Judge Velasquez and his Recovery Court. His passion for the program and his strict compassion for the defendants is obvious and plain to see for all. The simple fact that he helped change the name Drug Court into Recovery Court says it all. He believes we are all flawed human beings who make mistakes but that with the right treatment we deserve a second chance. I, for one, have gratefully taken that chance with both hands and am set on paying it back to our community."
In Santa Cruz County, the Down syndrome community celebrated Down syndrome awareness month on Sunday, October 23, 2022, after three years absent due to the Covid 19 pandemic. In the 1980s, October was first designated as Down syndrome awareness month, and since then groups and organizations have gathered in October to celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. A Walk for Down Syndrome is organized by parents, relatives, and friends of people with Down syndrome living in our community.
“As an organization, we are very fortunate to have the support of many members of our community, including incredible volunteers, said Mrs.Scholnick
During our program, groups had the opportunity to exercise, including yoga, kickboxing, and other fitness activities. The basketball court was set up with mats so everyone could participate. A panel of parents of children with Down syndrome then spoke about their experiences raising children with the condition. In addition to the Division of Developmental Disabilities, several community organizations also participated in our event.
The Raising Special Kids website offers valuable information about the road to special education, and provides information regarding support while children with disabilities are in school.
Another community exhibitor, Nogales Public Library, offered the children attending the walk a wonderful selection of children's books.
Another exhibitor at the walk was Mariposa Community Health Care System's WIC program.
We also had Kat Yoga as an exhibitor. It was a big hit with kids and adults alike. Kat Yoga conducted an inclusive yoga and fitness session for 45 minutes that involved everyone present. This amazing yoga and fitness team was truly enjoyed by all.
There was also a Cake Walk, children's games, and a Brinca Brinca castle, where Mickey and Minie Mouse Minnie Mouse characters posed for pictures and entertained the guests. Zazuatacos food truck provided delicious tacos and tortas for our lunch. The walk around City Hall started at 2 p.m. and ended at 3 p.m. We walked from the park along Calle Martinez to Grand Ave, then back around City Hall.
Santa Cruz Parent Love Connection would like to thank everyone who attended the walk, all the exhibitors and volunteers. Please contact Maria Scholnick at (520) 470-5833 or email@example.com for more information.
It was Judge Emilio Velasquez who ignited a new era of judicial oversight in Santa Cruz County. His approach to justice relies on kindness, fairness, and restorative justice, and he has brought together community systems to establish the only drug court program in Arizona's lower level courts, as well as the "Behavioral Empowerment Court" for his defendants and their families to address mental health and substance abuse issues. Our community has been served well by creating a compassionate, fair, and supportive court where defendants and their families can receive treatment, community programming, fair supervision, and equitable support. It is believed that Judge V's most effective work is done off the bench, through our local problem solving courts coalition, which he founded and leads.
He has been a bearer of hope from his work as a community leader for change and as a reform advocate within the justice system for fair and restorative practices. Our community sees the court as a place where justice and restoration go hand-in-hand thanks to Judge Velasquez's tireless work on and off the bench. His team and community partners are encouraged to treat every single individual involved in the justice system with respect, kindness, and fairness. Perhaps the biggest impact of evidence of hope we can see is the way the families of these individuals are impacted. As a result, families leave his court feeling empowered to seek support and restoration with their family members at the same time. Through his bold leadership that challenges societal norms and makes the court look inward, Judge V keeps hope alive through his passion for seeing our community restored.
HOPE (Helping Ourselves Pursue Enrichment), Inc. is a nonprofit organization devoted to behavioral health. As a consumer-operated organization (also known as a peer-run organization), HOPE, Inc. is founded and managed by peers who have personal experience with mental health and/or substance abuse recovery. During our personal recovery journeys, we draw on this lived experience to support and guide others.
As part of its expansion plans, HOPE Inc. merged the services of Wellness Connections, a company well-established in Southeastern Arizona. A grass-roots movement called Hope began in Tucson to help community members navigate the mental health system. Our peer-run program has been operating in Southern Arizona for over thirty years.
Individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorders can receive services from HOPE. People living without housing, members of the criminal justice system, and those seeking support for recovery and reintegration into our communities are among the underserved/underrepresented populations who might not otherwise have access to care.
Our mission is to eliminate gaps in care, reduce recidivism, and reduce healthcare costs as a "Specialty" provider of behavioral health services. By partnering with community partners and putting "boots on the ground," our Outreach Teams ensure members have continued access to care.
In addition to collaborating with other organizations, HOPE provides communication and support to the community, works toward reducing stigma related to mental health and substance abuse, and distributes life-saving kits, such as Narcan/Naloxone kits. Reintegration and reentry into society make a significant difference for individuals, but also for society as a whole; unemployment rates improve, homelessness rates decline, and we have the potential to end overdose deaths through extended outreach. By implementing these measures, Southern Arizona will be healthier and more vibrant for everyone.
Over 100 health care professionals work for HOPE in Cochise, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Yuma Counties.
We are 100% peer-run and family-run, which makes us different from peer support organizations. As a result of our lived-experience-based philosophy of care, all of our employees have a deeper understanding of mental illness and/or substance abuse. We do not have large caseloads, so members who need support can receive it quickly.
Individuals in need are our focus, and we work diligently to connect them with the care they need. In order to accomplish this, we collaborate with community providers and reach out to community members. The tagline "We're in it together" emphasizes the diversity of support we provide to our members.
If you or someone you know needs help with mental health or substance abuse disorders, you can contact the HOPE Center closest to you and schedule an intake to determine how to proceed.
Members of our communities can support our cause by connecting with their local HOPE Center. As HOPE serves populations in need, we are always in need of resources to support our Members, so your donations are greatly appreciated. Together with community organizations, we raise awareness, amplify services for community members, and combine resources to support our communities.
The 21st day of the third month of the year was chosen to symbolize the triplication of the 21 chromosomes that leads to Down syndrome. During world Down syndrome day, families raising children with Down syndrome gathered together at Oasis Cinema to watch SING 2 on Sunday, March 20, 2022. Before the movie, kids and their families enjoyed interacting with each other, hugging, and taking pictures. The children enjoyed popcorn and refreshments.
As part of the celebration, Mayor Arturo Garino and Mrs. Kathy Garino were in attendance. Families were delighted to have the Mayor and his lovely wife visit. He and his wife talked to each family about their dreams and concerns for their children. As part of the movie viewing group, the mayor and his wife stayed to watch the whole film. We are thankful for their continued support. The movie SING 2 is rich in music, friendly and poignant, and has themes of friendship, resilience and diversity. It is an ideal movie for families.
"We held a Be Kind program at Nogales Public Library on March 21 and 25, talking with children about kindness and closing the week with a beautiful party with the wonderful staff of Nogales Public Library. Besides pizza and cupcakes, we had balloons and yellow and blue frosting on the library floor," said Maria Scholnick of the Santa Cruz Parent Love Connection.
A book drive was held from March 21-April 11 to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Nogales, Arizona. As part of World Down syndrome Day celebrations, we are holding a book drive. As part of Santa Cruz Parent Love Connection's commitment to its community, we wish to show our appreciation and give back by encouraging the love of reading and learning. We are asking our community to donate a gently used or new children's book. The Santa Cruz County libraries are currently hosting a book drive. Books can be in English or Spanish.
“I would like to thank Santa Cruz County Public Library Director and staff for the wonderful opportunity and support to do the book drive and utilize the library facilities. It would have been impossible to accomplish the book drive project to help children in our community without their support.This is the first time we've done several activities at once,” said Maria Scholnick.
Pimeria Alta is a place to discover everything that is possible. Pimeria Alta is the Historical Society and Museum run by the Board of Trustees. It has been in Santa Cruz County for over 122 years. PAHS was formed in 1948 by a group of twenty-eight concerned citizens as a way to preserve the culture and history of Ambos Nogales.
During the 1980s, the council of Nogales turned the Old City Hall, which was built 1914-15, into a museum. Members of the Nogales Volunteer Fire Department were instrumental in the adaptation process. The Museum is still open five days a week today. Visitors mostly come from Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, but many hail from other states as well. There are also tourists from countries all around the world.
According to Pimeria Alta Historical Society President Christine Courtland , “non profit organizations face daunting challenges, but I hope to use my communication and organizational skills to spur community awareness and involvement in our historical society. As we all adjust to economic and health challenges here on our amazing, vibrant border, I believe I can contribute by continuing to build strong relationships.”
The PAHS is rooted in the original territories of the Tohono O'odham and Upper Piman indigenous nations, which were given to a Jesuit priest named Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino, who established them as Pimeria Alta. During the period between 1687 and 1711, he explored and mapped the region north to the Gila River, south to Altar Valley in Sonora, east to the San Pedro River Valley, and west to the Gulf of California.
Ranchers, miners, and railroad companies became a part of the area's development. Peddlers and settlers from Spain, Prussia, France, England, Lebanon, Greece, and Russia came looking for opportunities.
“We have a wide collection of items that represent the many people who contributed to this settlement. Pimeria Alta offers free admission, the public is welcome to view permanent as well as rotating displays and exhibits, and historical photographs. Alma Ready Library contains over 1200 volumes, which are accessible online. Oral histories are being collected. Events are held seasonally to support school-age children, to provide guided tours, and to present guest speakers. Our efforts are to retain and promote civic connections with other non profit and governmental organizations in the Pimería Alta,” reports Courtland.
We work closely with Nogales Community Development, City of Nogales, Santa Cruz County, Country Fair White Elephant in Green Valley, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts, Nogales/Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, and recently Nogales Buffalo Soldiers Legacy Foundation.
One paid employee serves as a receptionist. Proyecto Ayuda, a social services organization currently provides two helpers. Volunteers from the community assist with supervision and special events, as needed. Ten active Board members donate hours to museum activities, design exhibits, help with repairs and upkeep of materials.
Our organization is the only one of its kind in the United States, and perhaps the world.
Due to our location in the Old City Hall with a clock tower, and geographically prominent at the end of I 19 downtown Nogales, the museum is visible. Those driving south can’t miss it. Visitors crossing the Arizona-Mexican border at Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry have easy access as pedestrians or by vehicle, many are walk-ins.
“Our collection is unique to this community, with emphasis on the Pimería Alta. It includes antiquities, ephemera, archives, local newspapers, maps, postcards, books and family publications,” said Pimeria Alta Historical Society President Christine Courtland.
For those interested in visiting the museum or being a part of our family visit us at:
Pimería Alta Historical Society & Museum
136 N Grand Avenue
Nogales, AZ 85621
Email: pahsmuseum @gmail.com
Online library book information: pimeriaaltamuseum.pastperfectonline.com
Hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday 11am-2pm
Membership starts at $35
A record number of cases have been reported for the past couple of weeks. It was the highest number of cases reported in the entire pandemic. Santa Cruz County has also seen an increase in Covid patients hospitalized. Mortality rates have remained essentially unchanged. The test positivity rate in Santa Cruz County is very high, suggesting that cases are being significantly undercounted. Working towards a common goal is what teamwork is all about. Making Connections 4U, Borderlands Food Bank, Global Automotive Surplus LLC, and Manuel Huerta Trucking collaborated on distributing hand sanitizer across the county this past week in efforts to decrease the number of COVID cases. The goal of the joint team effort was to provide first line workers and schools with the tools they need to stay healthy. Manuel Huerta Trucking was instrumental in getting pallets of hand sanitizers delivered to the Nogales and Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can make a change in their community. Our goal is to help decrease the number of COVID cases in Santa Cruz County by providing our schools, local health clinics, non-profit organizations, and government agencies with hand sanitizer. We are extremely grateful to Global Automotive Surplus, LLC Eric Oanes for donating to our organization the hand sanitizer,” said program volunteer Nadia Sandoval from Making Connections 4U non-profit organization. “Hand sanitizer was a hard to find commodity last year. The donation is greatly appreciated. We provided hand sanitizer to the first responders, as well as our essential workers,” said the director of Nogales Housing Authority Robert Thompson. Thank you so much Making Connections 4U! On behalf of Superintendent Parra I would like to thank you for always thinking of us and providing us with these essential items. Thank you for making a difference! With much appreciation and gratitude, Judith Mendoza, Student Services Director. Every residential address in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests through a federal program. Visit www.covidtests.gov to order your free at-home tests.
The museum occupies the 1914 Nogales City Hall. We invite you to visit the Century Room filled with Nativity scenes and antique dolls. As the museum celebrates traditions and culture from Northern Mexico and Southwestern Arizona. Their exhibits include Meeting of the Rails, Able & Willing fire hand pumps, a fire signal room, a printing press from Tombstone Epitaph, an original city jail, the bicycle carts used by El Maestro of the El Charrito store on Elm Street, bullfighter Salvador Corona's paintings, historical photos, and more.Research Library collection online: Pimeríaaltamuseum.pastperfectonline.comWe offer tours, guest speakers, & dedicated events. An upcoming event is the Re-opening display: Tribute to Buffalo Soldiers & Camp Little. Membership begins at $35 Hours of operation: Wednesday-Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm136 N Grand Avenue, Nogales AZ (520)287-4621pimeriaaltamusem.orgAdmission is free, donations are welcomeMask is required for entry
The Borderlands Food Bank, Croppers, Nogales Housing Authority, Making Connections 4U and Chis Corporation distributed care boxes to the elderly in Santa Cruz County on Thursday, December 23, 2021. We were able to identify those elders in our community who would benefit from it with the help of the Nogales Housing Authority and the City of Nogales.
“We are extremely grateful to those organizations who contributed to this project and to caring individuals in our community who found it in their hearts this holiday season to think about our elders,” said Robert Thompson-Nogales Housing Program Director.
The “care boxes” were packed and distributed by the Nogales Housing Authority Staff. The boxes included knit gloves, hats, scarves, and socks. Food edibles were included in the care boxes. Mary Dahl and Christine Courtland also provided individual donations. “This project could not have been made possible without the help of caring people across the community. We know first-hand how these people struggle to make ends meet. It is hard to maintain a living on a fixed budget with the excessive cost of basic goods. Every year, we hope to bring smiles to people in need," said Thompson. If you would like to be a part of this cause, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (520) 216-5058.
Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center is a local non-profit that focuses its efforts in health equity in the border region and migrant population through advocacy, research and action. SEAHEC has a long history of collaborating with organizations in Arizona and Sonora through a binational approach to health issues that affect our communities. It was established as a nonprofit, based in Santa Cruz County, in 1985.
In 1971 the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program was started by the U.S. Congress to help address health workforce shortages in rural and under-served communities. In 1985, SEAHEC was the first standalone AHEC in Arizona and covered Santa Cruz, Pima, and Cochise counties. More recently, SEAHEC operates independently of the federally established and Arizona AHEC programs, and has expanded its mission and scope of work to focus on the most vulnerable – border, migrant and farmworker communities.
SEAHEC has historically focused its work in rural, underserved and border communities including migrants and farmworkers. As well SEAHEC provides support to high school, undergraduate and graduate students that are interested in health professions and serving the underserved.
Based in Nogales, Arizona, SEAHEC has historically served our binational community of Ambos Nogales, participating in efforts including shared initiatives of the Binational Health Council (COBINA) of Ambos Nogales. We partner with health centers and hospitals throughout southern Arizona and utilize community health workers to reach people in need of services and resources.
SEAHEC currently has 9 employees.
Gail Emrick- Executive Director
Brenda Sanchez- Border Binational Program Manager
Lupita Gonzales- Program Coordinator/ Community Health Worker
Erin Sol- Program Coordinator for Service Learning/Community Health Worker
Zuleyka Tabarez- Community Health Worker
Nora Guzman- Community Health Worker
Paulette Nevarez- Community Health Worker
Christian Gomez- Community Health Worker
Ycied Talavera- Community Health Worker Site Supervisor
By implementing highly needed and high quality services, SEAHEC has sustained itself for over 35 years, working with communities to address their health needs. Through an extensive network of valued partnerships, SEAHEC has a diversified portfolio of programs.
Currently SEAHEC receives funding from the US Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration; the CDC Foundation, SEAGO, Cochise County Health & Social Services, among others.
Community members can help by participating in their outreach events and supporting their initiatives in the community. As well, people can help advocate for the most vulnerable populations within our community, including migrants, the homeless, homebound elders and others.
What makes SEAHEC different from other organizations is their focus on collaboration with other organizations to best meet the needs of the communities they serve both in the United States and Mexico. SEAHEC is a small but mighty organization that has the flexibility and resilience to quickly adapt to changing needs and offer services in an efficient, effective, and dignified manner.
SEAHEC's success can be attributed to the dedication of their staff and how passionate they are about their mission, along with the collaboration they have built with partners over the years.
For more information about SEAHEC call (520)289-9235 or contact Brenda Sanchez/Border Binational Program Manager at email@example.com or stop by their site at:
1171 W. Target Range Road, Nogales, AZ 85621
Our seniors will be warm and cozy this winter thanks to the Borderlands Food Bank, Making Connections 4U, and the Nogales Housing Authority. Three organizations distributed blankets across the county to elderly individuals in need. The Borderlands Food Bank donated the blankets to those in need.
Together, Making Connections 4U and the Nogales Housing Authority identified the population that would benefit most from this donation. A blanket was given to each elderly resident at their residence. Robert Thompson said that seniors frequently request blankets.
Nogales Housing Authority director Robert Thompson says we often forget to help our elderly population during the holidays. We are collaborating with other organizations to gather items to put in our care boxes to distribute to our seniors during the holiday season.
“We are passionate about our vision to deliver smiles to our senior citizens this holiday season. We appreciate any donations of socks, gloves, cookies or anything else we can put inside these care boxes.” said Thompson
For information on how to help or donate any items please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (520) 216-5058.
NCHP is devoted to the promotion of the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities across the U.S. The organization, based in Tucson, Arizona, with a regional office in New Orleans, was founded in 1984 to address the health needs of border populations. NCHP has developed a national presence by providing education and services to minority and underserved populations in 46 states and three U.S. territories.
The Border Health Foundation launched a national campaign in June of 2010 to promote National HIV/AIDS Testing Day. Border Health Foundation (BHF) changed its name to National Community Health Partners (NCHP) in 2010 to reflect its expansion and scope of services. Over 70 public health programs and services are offered here. The NCHP is an organization dedicated to promoting health and well-being across the communities it currently serves.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded NCHP funding for the Proyecto Para Prevenir COVID-19 project to provide prevention/education materials and vaccinations to residents of the Arizona/Mexico border. NCHP collaborates with JSI Research and Training Institute, 100 Angels, and Old Town Health LLC. Staff to help meet the needs of Cochise, Pima, Santa Cruz, and Yuma counties. The total service area is approximately 389 miles. All three organizations have a long history of working along the Arizona/Mexico border.
NCHP thus strives to improve the health & well-being of the communities it serves along the Arizona/Mexico border. The NCHP partners with several local organizations in Santa Cruz County to increase vaccination rates. The vaccines are being distributed for free to people in Santa Cruz. We will provide all three vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson.
For more information call 1-833-567-NCHP (6247).
Promotoras are members of the community who receive specialized training to provide basic health education without being health care professionals. The majority of their work is educational, but they also facilitate access to health care resources in their community. Promoters are often local residents or identified leaders in their communities who are involved in community-based health promotion activities.
The NCHP promotoras will inform Santa Cruz residents about the importance of protecting themselves against COVID-19. Michelle Moreno and Genesis Meza are currently conducting outreach across Santa Cruz and Pima County. Their insight and knowledge of cultural norms and the community help them to provide information and education to help address COVID-19 hesitancy in our communities.
Michelle Moreno works as a promotora for NCHP. She has worked in the healthcare field for many years. She worked as a medical assistant since 2006. Nogales is where she was born and raised. Michelle is a married and a mother of two children, a 13-year-old boy, and an 11-year-old girl.
Moreno said, "I am committed to my community and want to make sure our community members are informed and vaccinated. We can only lead normal lives if we increase vaccination rates in our communities."
Genesis Meza is another promotora for NCHP. She was also born in Nogales, Arizona, the daughter of Victor and Bertha Meza. Public service is her area of expertise. She is familiar with some of the challenges families face when it comes to misinformation. "We build a healthy community by educating ourselves and keeping everyone informed. Our goal is to increase the vaccination rate of non-vaccinated citizens in Santa Cruz and Pima County and to decrease vaccine hesitancy,” Meza said.
In partnership with the City of Nogales, Borderlands Food Bank, and Lutheran Social Services, we are hosting vaccination clinics. Vaccinations will be conducted at these locations. Our priority is the health of the community," Moreno said.
If anyone is interested in getting vaccinated please contact the NCHP promotoras Michelle Moreno at (520) 860-8638 or Genesis Meza (520) 354-9431 to schedule your vaccine appointment.
Patrons of the Arts, Inc./Hilltop Gallery has been servicing the community for nearly 50 years in promoting local art, helping people get job training, and completing community service hours. These are just a few ways the organization has helped to improve the community. The Hilltop Gallery will be celebrating 50 years of art exhibits in September of 2022. They are the only leading edge place that offers a wide variety of the arts and art education.
The Hilltop Gallery (DBA: Patrons of the Arts, Inc.) in Nogales, AZ was founded in 1968. In 1968, a group of Nogalians with a passion for the arts under the leadership of Jean Wisdom formed the Patrons of the Arts with the purpose of building a public gallery. A non-profit organization bringing arts and culture to an underserved community. They have successfully exhibited several shows per year since the building was completed in the early 1970’s.
“The Hilltop Gallery has brought art to the community for nearly 50 years showcasing art from local artists of all ages. And, for over 30 years, the gallery has housed children’s art classes both sponsored by the gallery and the City of Nogales. Recently, we have incorporated more of “the arts” into our venue. We are breaking new ground by incorporating performing arts. We hope that future generations will continue to be encouraged to create the arts on every level, and help them bring their dreams to life! What makes us special is our continuing effort to promote the arts to enrich the lives of everyone in the community,” said the Executive/Vice President Elizabeth Weatherbie.
The Hilltop Gallery is the only permanent art collection in the region that has an exhibit and education activities representing two cultures: U.S. and Mexico. “We offer art classes for adults and children at little or no cost to them. The goal is to promote the arts in our community. The dedicated staff and volunteer board of Patrons of the Arts, Inc., work with local artists and businesses in the community to bring the best art pieces to Santa Cruz County. We strive to serve anyone interested in the arts. Our gallery serves as a venue for a number of aspiring artists to have their very first solo showing. Our legacy will be good memories of good experiences with art for all of our students, and art supporters who attend our exhibits,” said Elizabeth.
Our organization supports the community in many ways. We encourage and teach art to the community, which is very beneficial in helping with stressors and education. We are also a place for job training. We are working with two separate programs for job placement. We have one employee through the Ayuda Program, and another employee from the Arizona Works Program. We help at-risk youths with completing community service hours, and encourage them with positive outlets.
The gallery has two employees, only volunteers from the Board of Directors and occasionally volunteers from the public.
Hilltop Gallery Board Officers are:
Ricardo Santos Hernandez, President since fall of 2020
Elizabeth Weatherbie, Executive Vice President/Treasurer since 2020
Carmelita Levin, Secretary since spring of 2021
Janice Johnson, Historian/Exhibit Chairperson since 1972
Alex, Jones, Board Member since 2015
Esteban Michel Larios, Board Member since 2011
Isabel Galindo, Board Member since spring of 2021
Alma Rodriguez, Board Member since 2019
Alma Pina, Board Member since spring of 2021
Jenny Hill, Board Member since spring of 2021
For information on how to donate or volunteer please contact us at: (520) 287-5515 or visit the location at: 730 N Hilltop Dr, Nogales, AZ 85621
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Arizona. The Aging & Disability Services have been in Santa Cruz County since 2005. They currently serve older adults and people with physical and mental disabilities of all ages.
They saw a need in Santa Cruz County for services for older adults and people with disabilities. In 2005, Lutheran Social Services got a contract to start providing home care services. The first thing they did was hire three providers. They started knocking on doors, surveying the community, interviewing people in parks, neighborhoods, and everywhere. They have 121 staff members in Santa Cruz County.
“We knew the need was huge. My neighbor was one of the first people to receive services. Once we got started with a few clients, we found out that people really had been waiting for a service like this. We spread through word of mouth. In 3 months, we were able to go from 3 providers to 12. When people received quality care, they told their neighbors, and we started making friends with the community. We have grown so much over the years,” said Linda Manjarrez, Director of Aging & Disability Services.
Their mission is to stabilize lives in times of crisis and transition, build foundations for people to thrive, and preserve dignity and respect for the most vulnerable. They provide services in 4 counties in Arizona to a variety of different populations. They were founded by the Lutheran church in 1970, but the organization is not the church. People do not need to be Lutheran to work or receive services from them.
In Santa Cruz County, Lutheran Social Services provides home care to 196 people. In Cochise County, they have 198 clients, and in Pima county, they have 173 home care clients. In Pima County they deliver groceries twice a month to 312 clients, and have 556 Meals on Wheels clients who receive meals every week. They are delivering the meals twice a week, 7 meals total.
“We have our heart in what we do. Many of our Direct Care Workers have been working with us for more than 15 years. We have a great team. My role is to support the staff in their work, connect with the community, and connect people in need to the help they deserve. I enjoy making friends with people in the community, and act as the instrument to bring people together,” said Manjarrez.
Lutheran Social Services employs 116 Direct Care Workers in Santa Cruz, 98 in Cochise, and 62 in Pima. There are 4 office staff members in Nogales, 3 in Cochise, and 5 in Tucson (not including Meals on Wheels). They receive most of their funding from contracts with different government organizations who pay for the cost of services. They also have some clients who pay for their services directly. There are many donors and local organizations who support them financially because they trust and support the organization’s mission.
The program is mainly a fee for service for different government organizations. Clients are authorized to receive a certain number of hours of care, and we are paid per hour to provide those services. We do the best we can with each client, and that brings in more referrals. We also have generous community partners and donors who allow us to give clients extra support. The clients call and thank us for caring about them. We always let them know that it is not just the staff, it is the community that cares about them too. It is all of us together that makes this possible.
“Our care coordinators make sure to find providers for each referral we get, and of course, to make sure they are a good match. We make sure our clients get the service they need with a worker who provides the best care for them. Our Direct Care Workers provide a variety of services to people in their homes, including personal care, housekeeping services, and so much more” said the Director of Aging & Disability Services.
Community members can make donations of funds, items, or time; refer clients who need services; or stop by and visit their office to see what they do. For more information about Lutheran Social Services look at their website at www.lss-sw.org to find out more about ways to get involved. Donations are always needed and welcome. They need the following donations of cleaning supplies, non-perishable foods, fans in the summer, and heaters in the winter. Donations make a huge difference to their clients, and they are grateful for the support.
The Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network is a network that started in 2007.It is a formal partnership among different organizations dedicated to serve youth. The network targets adolescent wellness through addressing their health, educational, and social needs. Since then, the organization has adapted over that time. It first started with a focus on health literacy and physical activity. The members worked on school wellness policies, school-linked healthcare, youth leadership, and mental health. All programs are grant-funded. They have been successful in obtaining funding from local, state, federal, and private sources.
“Today, we are focused on the implementation of School Based Telehealth.Through our School-based Telehealth Program, school staff will be able to access secure video conferencing technology to connect a student with a Mariposa board-certified physician. Students across Santa Cruz County pre K-12 can visit their school nurse who then determines if the student needs to be seen by a physician. Also school coaches and PE teachers can refer students following a sports injury,” said Cassalyn David-Program Director.
“The School Based Telehealth was spearheaded by Dr. Williams. He identified it as a great tool to improve access to healthcare that would improve wellness and academic performance. He got everyone on board and has provided the energy to make it happen. We understand their needs, so we work in collaboration to help serve their needs. We provide a space for organizations to identify and address those gaps in services. We are always looking for innovative ways to improve the health of our adolescent population in Santa Cruz County.”
The Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network not only provides services to adolescents but also to its providers. They currently have a training called “Ending the Silence or Youth Mental Health First Aid,” which is aimed to help support youth’s mental well-being. They have youth leadership and health education opportunities for youth.
Youth in Santa Cruz County have the opportunity to also participate in personal development courses taught by Arely Zavala. Youth learn about making healthy choices and developing healthy relationships. The program is called Love Notes. It is focused on helping youth learn about themselves, their sexuality, and safety. Another program under the SCCAWN is the Nogales “Little Mercado Farmer’s Market,” which provides fresh, local food, and opportunities for small businesses. It works with incentive programs that give SNAP clients double fruits and vegetables when they shop at the market.
“Our schools are incredible. We just want to do everything we can to support them. They’re asked to do everything with so little resources. If we can help them to improve student wellness with connections and resources, then everyone benefits.Your local schools and nonprofits have lots of programs and resources for families. Reach out and share your challenges.
You can find out about our services and training by following us on Facebook @NogalesMercado, @santacruzcountyadolescentwellnessnetwork, and @MariposaCHC,” said David.
NOGALES (June 22, 2021) – Debra Knapheide, who has led Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital since 2010, has announced she will retire effective July 2, 2021. Knapheide has served in multiple roles including Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Operating Officer.
Dina Rojas-Sanchez, the hospital’s administrative director, is being promoted to Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Operating Officer. Julie Jenkins, senior director of nursing, is being promoted to Chief Nursing Officer.
Rojas-Sanchez joined Holy Cross Hospital in 1994 and has served in many capacities including strategic planning and operations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University.
Jenkins has been with Carondelet since 2010, and at Holy Cross since 2016. She is experienced in nursing leadership and education, performance improvement and clinical informatics. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix.
“Dina and Julie have been with Holy Cross for several years and, along with the rest of our team, have contributed to the hospital’s success. Both are local residents and committed to serving the greater Nogales and southern Arizona community,” said Knapheide.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve our community and appreciate the many relationships and partnerships we’ve enjoyed. Holy Cross is in good hands and will continue to provide excellent care for residents of Nogales and the surrounding areas,” she added.
Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital designated by the National Rural Health Resource Center. As a rural safety net provider, the hospital offers access to health care for a broad population. It has also received recognition for patient safety from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
“Debbie has made many positive contributions during her time at Holy Cross, and while we will miss her, we wish her well in retirement. We are fortunate to have a succession plan in place that provides continuity to build on the successes Holy Cross has achieved over the years,” said Brian Elisco, Tenet Arizona Group CEO.
Under her leadership, the hospital has consistently been in the top 10 percent of Tenet hospitals for patient satisfaction. It led all other Tenet hospitals in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality patient safety survey in 2019, which recognized teamwork within hospital departments, management support for a culture of patient safety, and continuous organizational learning opportunities.
Knapheide was recognized by Becker’s Healthcare in 2018 and 2019 as one of the 70 Critical Access Hospital CEOs to know for innovation, quality and patient safety on the local and national level. In 2018 she was one of the 143 women leaders of hospitals nationwide recognized for management and leadership skills, as well as career accomplishments.
“Through Debbie’s leadership, Holy Cross has been a strong performer and recognized for its high quality care and patient satisfaction. I am confident that the hospital will continue as a high performer with Dina and Julie at the helm,” he noted.
This past year has been difficult for many non-profit organizations as it has made it difficult for them to perform their usual activities. Nayo’s Plant Nursery is just one of the many programs the Santa Cruz Training Programs offers its members. Nogales is a small border town with a high unemployment rate, so finding a job placement for their members is difficult. This is what sparked the idea to start Nayo’s Plant Nursery. The nursery provides a job site in which their members can develop skills needed to carry out a job in a nursery. Nayos’ Plant Nursery provides an opportunity for its members to learn and practice skills required to work in a regular plant nursery. Their members start with preparing the soil, planting seeds or transplanting plants into bigger pots, watering and preparing for sale.
Nayos’ Plant Nursery is run by two supervisors who work directly with 3 to 4 members. This group also does groundskeeping work around the community. The supervisors are: Carolina Jimenez & Clemente Gutierrez. The groundskeeping workers are: Krystal Garcia, Mixali Etzogou, Javier Contreras, Gabriel Macias & Mauricio Valera.
“During this difficult time of the pandemic most of the families kept their son/daughter home. It was hard to meet the contracts in the community with our grounds keeping responsibilities, the Bakery, Kitchen and Nayos’ Plant Nursery had to shut down for over 6 months. We had to shift employees around, providing extra at the group homes during the day to help keep residents active, but some had to go on furlough, helping out when people got sick or were out on quarantine.”
“We applied for a PPP loan that helped us to pay employees a little better due to the exposure when working face to face with our members. Our program serves all of Santa Cruz County. We welcome all individuals who may have a physical or cognitive delay. It is quite an accomplishment for us to have a program for our members that helps to teach them skills, while at the same time helping them be productive citizens in the community. Whether doing grounds keeping, gardening or offering and selling their products, they are proud of what they have accomplished,” said Marina Galahouse-Program Director.
If interested in supporting this program or purchasing any of their plants, please contact the Santa Cruz Training Programs for more information at: (520) 520-287-2043 x14
The Santa Cruz Training Program has been through some challenging times this past year. The pandemic has made it difficult for them to keep up with their regular program activities.
“This past year has been a difficult one. We never imagined we would be living through a pandemic. Everything about 2020 has been a challenge but nothing we haven’t been able to overcome” said Marina Gallahouse Program Director.
The Santa Cruz Training Programs are a non-profit organization that has been providing educational, rehabilitative services, and vocational training for more than 50 years in Santa Cruz County. They have been providing educational programs for children and adults with disabilities. They encourage them to join in and contribute to the community. The Santa Cruz Training Program prepares its clients to integrate into the community as good citizens who are responsible and productive.
La Castellana Cafe and Nayo’s Nursery are two work training programs that provide clients with an opportunity to learn skills. These programs help to teach members the skills they can use in the work field.
La Castellana Cafe serves the community breakfast, lunch, and pastries. Members have an opportunity to practice their cooking, serving, and salesmanship.
Nayo’s Nursery is a nursery and greenhouse, where members train to care for plants and all the work involved in growing, weeding, and planting.
“Our key efforts have been to provide training to our members and guidance to families. We are teaching our members how to use community services while providing relief and support in their homes,” she said.
“In mid-March, our client’s families elected to keep their sons and daughter’s home while everyone got informed and educated regarding this new pandemic. During this time, we have had a few scares where employees and clients have been in contact or actually contracted COVID-19. Thank God, we did not lose anyone, and we are being very careful in trying to keep our clients and employees safe.”
Some of our clients have been able to transition to work in the community. We prepare our clients to integrate into the community as responsible, productive citizens of Santa Cruz County. We prepare our clients, so they have an opportunity to succeed.
“In April, we started inviting clients to participate in activities virtually or to come back to the employment services. Slowly over these past 9 months, some of the clients have started to come back to work again, so we have meals, cookies and the nursery open. Selling meals, cookies, tamales, turnovers, and plants from our nursery help to support these programs in our community. We are always grateful for the support from the community,” said Marina GalhouseProgram Director.
To order holiday cookies, turnover, flan or tamales to help support this organization please call: (520) 287-2043 ext. 21 & 22
In October, Royal Assisted Living opened its doors to the public. It is located at 1045 Camino Caralampi Rio Rico 85648. An assisted living home for 10 residents with three types of care which are supervisory, personnel, and directed. The type of care depends on each individual and their needs.
One thing that makes Royal Assisted Living unique is their state of the art facility. A brand new facility equipped with a large side ramp that is handicap accessible. The building has security cameras, beautifully appointed common areas with spacious, comfortable suites, that are safe, and stylish. The bedrooms have beautiful wooden dark brown floors, with spacious closets and bathrooms equipped with handicap fixtures.
Royal Assisted Living is a resource for seniors in Nogales, Rio Rico, and Tubac, which allows seniors to remain in their local place of residence close to their families. Plus it helps meet the increased need for senior housing due to the current unprecedented senior population boom. Santa Cruz County has four assisted living homes in residential neighborhoods with a waiting list for seniors that are no longer safe living at home without adequate supervision.
Royal Assisted gives each resident an opportunity to embrace their individuality with independence, and creativity. It helps them avoid segregation and isolation often experienced when seniors are forced to live outside of residential neighborhoods in institutions, nursing homes, and other larger assisted living facilities outside their community.
“Our services help enhance each resident's well-being by offering purposeful activities and continued community engagement, which people of all ages thrive on. Additionally, Royal Assisted Living creates a safe, intimate, and loving residence that doesn't just feel like a home, it truly is home to each resident. When we first embarked on this venture, we never imagined that we would be impacted by a pandemic. COVID-19 has delayed everything from licensing to contracting which has delayed having the house at full occupancy. Yet, the cost of running is the same for 2 residents than it would be for 10. Royal Assisted Living has a full staff with only 3 private pay residents with a 4th one to be admitted after Thanksgiving. In order to meet the cost of running, the home must be half occupancy which it is not. Once we are Banner contracted, we should have no problem filling up the house to full occupancy, as we have had many inquiries. However, with the economic and medical catastrophe our country is currently facing, I believe we have many obstacles ahead of us,” said Patricia Zarate co-owner and registered nurse for Royal Assisted Living.
Royal has a policy and protocol in place and an emergency disaster plan. Royal takes all the measures and resources provided to ensure our residents and caregivers are protected. We follow AZDHS recommendations as they are constantly being updated. Part of the plan is that we have put together a team that is willing to be on 24-hour lockdown if needed. Everyone that comes into the home is checked for temperatures. I am currently working on obtaining COVID-19 rapid tests, so all of our caregivers and residents are tested on a weekly basis. Royal is constantly thinking outside the box on how our residents can continue to interact with the family. By far, this has been the biggest blow to a project we've been working on for over four years. Santa Cruz County Health Department has already reached out and has assisted with some PPE and we provided them with a person count for a hopeful December vaccine, reported Zarate.
Royal Assisted Living currently provides jobs for five full-time caregivers, two part-time caregivers, one full-time chef, one Assisted Living Manager with an office assistant. The key players are: Patricia Zarate-Co-Owner, ALF Manager/ Registered Nurse, Zuhaila Parra- Co-Owner/ CFO, Elsa Sandoval-Head Caregiver/Office Assistant.
Royal Assisted Living provides the following Levels of Care for its residents:
1. Supervisory care services: general supervision, including daily awareness of resident functioning and continuing needs, the ability to intervene in a crisis and assistance in the self-administration of prescribed medications.
2. Personal care services: assistance with activities of daily living that can be performed by persons without professional skills or professional training and includes the training and includes the coordination or provision of intermittent nursing services and the administration of medications and treatments by a nurse who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 15 or as otherwise provided by law.
3. Directed care services: programs and services, including supervisory and personal care services, that are provided to persons who are incapable of recognizing danger, summoning assistance, expressing need or making basic care decisions.
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Rio Rico 85648
My first priority as sheriff will be to make a full assessment of all sections in the Sheriff’s Office. I don’t want to have any preconceptions. I want to see first-hand what is working and what could be improved upon. The Sheriff’s Office fulfills a variety of missions to include civil enforcement, criminal investigations, patrol, school resource officers, and detention. The Sheriff is also the primary officer of the courts when it comes to carrying out court orders, so the sheriff needs to maintain a close relationship with the local judiciary and with the prosecution, defense, juvenile, probation, and rehabilitation/reintegration services that work with the courts.
People of Santa Cruz County felt I was the best candidate for the job possibly because I tried to talk to as many people as possible and to hear their concerns for their communities and for what the county could do better. I think people also noticed that my family is an integral part of the community as having been previous family members since the 1800s and that we are deeply concerned for all parts of the county. I have lived and worked in Nogales, Rio Rico, and the East County, so I am familiar with the positive aspects of all parts of the county and I am also familiar with the unique needs of each area.
It is such an honor that the voters of Santa Cruz County selected me for this important position. It is a position of trust and it is a goal of mine to maintain the trust that has been placed in me by the wonderful communities in Santa Cruz County. I want to make sure that the Sheriff’s Office is responsive to the needs of the community and takes on the role of a public servant. I want to ensure that the rights of all are respected. I have always told the public to call me personally at 520-604-6920 if they have concerns. I understand that people find themselves in many difficult circumstances and sometimes a traditional law enforcement response is not always the best way to resolve a problem. I want my staff to help you get the services you need even if it means a referral to a private charity or some other option. Also, for those who want to help charitably or to help their neighbors through difficult circumstances, give me a call as well and I will take note of the services you can provide to the community so that we can put you in touch with people who have unique needs.
“I want to evaluate all areas of service and see where there is room for improvement in our goal to serve the community to the maximum extent possible. I also want to hear from people outside the government as to areas that can be improved. The public often notices blind spots where the government is failing or has suggestions for new programs or techniques that would improve service. Without public input, I may never hear about those things. Most importantly, I want to champion all the different cultural, economic, and geographic advantages that we possess. The diversity of people and geography are immense when we look at the county from the border in Nogales up through the beautiful shady town of Patagonia nestled amongst the magnificent trees along Sonoita Creek all the way to the San Rafael Valley with beautiful peaceful grasslands, and then across to Rio Rico, Tubac, and Tumacacori where we see a wonderful mix of retired individuals, fine arts and fine dining providers, and a commuter population that enjoys the cooler temperatures and scenic vistas of Santa Cruz County. The Sheriff’s Office should preserve the peace and provide security, but also serve as welcoming ambassadors on behalf of our great communities. I would like to personally thank everyone for their support since I talked to thousands of people and was aided by many people along the way who spread the word and helped in various ways,” said Hathaway.
I want to thank Santa Cruz County residents for honoring me with their support throughout my 7 terms in office. I am humbled by the incredible support I received. Thank you all for believing in me. I cannot thank my wonderful team enough for their hard work and dedication, which got us to this point.
We started this journey together 28 years ago. Our mission has always been simple and consistent. It is to unite and protect the citizens of this great border community. I pledged to do everything in my power to forge better, stronger relationships between law enforcement personnel, our Mexican counterparts, and the community we serve. I had also promised to do all in my power to protect everyone who lives, works, or plays here in Santa Cruz County. I have always stood for justice for everyone I serve.
I am deeply moved by the expression of confidence over the years, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am immensely grateful to the family, friends, media, and loyal supporters. I ask you to please support the incoming sheriff.
Being an effective sheriff involves listening to constituents, translating their concerns into workable proposals, and building consensus to implement them. I could not do this job without the involvement and openness of the people I represent. You have taken the time to share with me your ideas, your concerns, and your aspirations, and I sincerely appreciate your willingness to discuss what really matters to you. Not only have you entrusted me with the responsibility of speaking on your behalf as your sheriff, but you also continued to provide me with the ideas and feedback I need to do it as it should be done. For that, I am humbly grateful to everyone. God bless and God Bless America.
Breast Cancer Awareness is this month and as a breast cancer survivor herself, Dr. Karen Hendershott wants to remind women about the importance of regular mammogram screenings and taking care of your breast health at every age.
In Your 20s and 30s
Learn what your breasts look and feel like - especially at different times in your monthly cycle. In your 20s and 30s, you may experience some breast pain or a degree of “lumpiness,” caused by changes in your hormones. Nipple discharge is usually only concerning if it is bloody or leaking out without stimulation. Many women can express some fluid from their nipples, particularly if they have ever been pregnant.
Bring up concerns about your breasts at your annual exam. It is important to know that breast pain is common and rarely associated with breast cancer. While breast cancer is rare during these years, it can happen - especially in women who have a family history or genetic mutation related to breast cancer at young ages. Don’t ignore new masses or changes just because you are young.
In Your 40s
During this time, the breast tissue becomes less firm and the breasts may stretch. Breast cysts can develop at this age or when you are younger - fluid-filled sacs within the tissue that can appear as lumps and are generally harmless. A breast ultrasound will be recommended to positively identify the nature of the lump.
Starting at age 40, you should schedule a mammogram every year.
Notify your doctor of any of the following breast changes:
● A new lump in or near your breast or underarm that doesn’t go away with your period
● New thickening in the breast or armpit even if it doesn’t form a clear mass
● Nipple discharge that leaks out on its own or is bloody
● A nipple pulled back or inverted into the breast
● Itching that doesn’t go away or skin changes, such as redness, scales, dimples or puckers
● A change in breast size or shape
In Your 50s and Beyond
As we go through menopause, the hormonal changes cause the breast to become less dense and they may change in size. As you go through menopause, fat will replace most of the breast tissue, leading to a lack of firmness and causing some sagging. It’s during this time that breast cancer becomes the main health concern for your breasts.
There are two things you can do to take care of your breasts as you age:
1. Continue your annual mammograms.
2. Be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel and report any breast changes promptly to your doctor.
Early diagnosis of many types of cancer can greatly increase the chance of successful treatment. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, appointments for screenings of breast, colon and cervix cancers were down by up to 94 percent compared to average volumes in the prior three years, according to Epic Health Research.
“If you have missed, or are behind schedule for an important screening, like a mammogram or colonoscopy, you should not delay rescheduling these procedures,” stressed Dr. Hendershott. “We want the community to know that we have strict protocols in place to safely care for patients.”
Holy Cross Hospital offers 3D mammography screening. To schedule your mammogram, call (520) 285-8092 to schedule an appointment or visit https://www.carondelet.org/services/oncology/breast-health for more information.
Your health can’t wait, don’t become a ‘hidden tragedy of the pandemic– Recent studies report that a significant number of people continue to delay healthcare during the pandemic, whether it is putting off annual screenings and wellness exams or seeking care in an emergency.
Millions of people suffer from chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma and hypertension that do best with regular monitoring and treatment to help keep the disease from getting worse.
And people are still affected by stroke, heart attack and other emergencies, despite the pandemic. Seeking care for these and other serious health concerns could prevent worsening illness.
Hospitals and doctors’ offices continue to care for both non-COVID and COVID patients. Safety precautions are in place to help ensure that care can be provided when care is needed.
“Our community should be reassured that hospitals and ERs are safe places in the event of an emergency,” said Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital CEO Debra Knapheide. “The key is to not delay care if you or a loved one have symptoms that are best evaluated in an emergency room. Call 911 if you think a heart attack or stroke is suspected.”
The American Medical Association (AMA) calls the degree to which people have put off treatments for serious health conditions “one of the hidden tragedies of the pandemic” and warns that delaying care because of fear of COVID-19 can result in poor outcomes or even death.
A survey on behalf of the American College of Emergency Physicians found that nearly a third of people in the U.S. had postponed routine care during the pandemic. A study reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that visits to emergency departments dropped by 38 percent. And a survey from the Kaiser Foundation reported that 48 percent of Americans have a family member who has delayed care during the pandemic.
Of particular concern are those who suffer from heart disease, or coronary artery disease. This disease is leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for over 600,000 deaths annually or 1 in every 4 deaths. If you have missed, or are behind schedule for an important screening, you should not delay rescheduling these procedures.
“We are here for our community as we were before COVID, and want to make sure you receive safe, compassionate care,” said Knapheide, who holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing. “Outcomes improve with early intervention, so please do not delay if you think something may be serious or should be assessed by a physician.”
Carondelet COVID SAFETY standards are built upon deep clinical expertise and ongoing management of COVID-19, as well as continuous incorporation of CDC, CMS and state recommendations. They are a rigorous combination of infection prevention processes, training, testing, personal protective equipment and technology. Standards include the following components:
· Different care pathways with COVID and non-COVID patients
· Rigorous physician and staff protocols – daily screening, universal masking and access to PPE
· Heightened sanitization – enhanced cleaning of surfaces and plenty of hand sanitization stations
· Access to COVID-19 testing – in-house, rapid testing for patients, physicians and staff who require it
· Precautions for patients and visitors – provision of facemasks, hand sanitizer and physical distancing
For more information on Holy Cross Hospital and COVID safety, visit www.carondelet.org.
While it is true that heart disease and high blood pressure can put you at greater risk for the effects of the COVID-19 virus, there are things you can do to protect your heart during the pandemic. Dr. Kahroba Jahan, a cardiologist at Carondelet Health Network and Holy Cross Hospital recommends these four ways those living with a chronic heart condition can protect their heart.
1. Don’t Delay your Care
All should take advantage of telehealth visits. At Carondelet, many of our doctors can now 'see' you online, and it’s as easy as ever to make an appointment. Telehealth lets you stay safely at home and get the diagnosis and care plan that you need. All you need is a mobile device with a camera.
“Communication with your doctor should be at the top of your list,” Dr. Jahan says of heart patients. “We can make sure you’re hitting your health goals, have your meds, and don’t have any symptoms.”
2. Don’t Stress Out Your Heart
Many of us are experiencing stress these days and that can have a negative effect on your heart and play a role in heart disease.
“Having a good support system of family and friends around you, managing your stress, and seeking treatment for depression and anxiety is incredible important not just for your mental health but for your overall health as well.”
3. Create Healthy Habits
Dr. Jahan says don’t forget the basics. Remember the importance of maintaining your own good health. Many of us have become more sedentary or reluctant to prioritize our fitness and preventive care. Maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and implementing stress reduction techniques all help your overall health.
Stay healthy by:
• Communicating with your doctor
• Eating healthy
• Exercising regularly
• Getting enough rest
• Monitoring blood pressure if you have hypertension or heart failure
4. Know When to Seek Emergency Care
It is so important to know the warning signs of heart and stroke symptoms. Watch for:
• Chest pain or pressure, especially during physical activity
• Facial drooping on one side of the face
• Arm weakness or numbness on one side of the body
• Speech changes, including slurred or garbled speech
• Loss of vision
• Severe headache
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing at night associated with:
• Leg swelling
• Passing out
If you think you’re having a heart attack or some other heart issue, don't ride it out at home because you're worried about COVID,” says Dr. Jahan. “It's really important to come in come in, or call 911 in an emergency, and get evaluated so you can get the problem taken care of early. At Carondelet, we have taken the proper steps to ensure patients who visit our hospitals or diagnostic centers for any screenings or procedures will be taken care of in a safe and secure environment.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment visit Carondelet.org
1.Did you expect to be the candidate with the most votes in this primary election?
I never know what to expect with elections. I always try and work hard to communicate with voters and to listen to their top issues. I was thrilled that I will serve another two years with my dear friend Andrea Dalessandro. My goal from now until November is to help elect a Democratic Majority for the state house and to also elect Mark Kelly and Joe Biden in Arizona. Santa Cruz as one of the most democratic counties will be crucial but we need to boost our turnout!
2. What do you want your supporters to know about what your plans are as a State Representative?
I hope to keep representing LD2 and fighting for all our residents. Next year we will be fighting to help small businesses, schools, and local governments. I’m looking forward to the challenge. Together we can ensure that Santa Cruz County is able to move forward after this pandemic. I’m particularly concerned with helping provide assistance to our schools as well.
3. Why is representing our Santa Cruz County as a State Representative special to you?
My mother is originally from Nogales, Sonora. Many of my family members have emigrated from there to Santa Cruz County. For me representing Santa Cruz County isn’t just a job it’s my family. I have family that work in produce and at Holy Cross and Mariposa Health centers. On top of it being important to do a good job so my tias don’t yell at me, the border is an extremely crucial part of the state. I’m honored to serve and look forward to helping Santa Cruz County move forward.
4. What are you currently doing to encourage people to vote this general election?
I’m continuing to call voters and doing responsible socially distant campaigning. If anyone is interested in helping turn out voters in Santa Cruz County they can reach out to me at email@example.com and we can connect about talking to people about the importance of voting in November.
5. What would you want to change or improve in the community that will have an impact in people’s lives?
I’d like to create more opportunities for higher education by working to strengthen and draw down full funding for the Provisional Community College district. I’d also like to work to expand job opportunities for our youth. In eastern Santa Cruz County I’d also like to find ways to expand opportunities for our wonderful wineries and distilleries. Santa Cruz County has so many exciting things to offer but we need to help promote these local businesses.
6. Why is this election important? What do people need to know they will lose if they don’t vote in the general election? What are current pieces of legislation that will affect constituents if they don’t vote?
We are at a crossroads in our history. Santa Cruz county is heavily Democratic and Heavily Latino but our voter turnout has been historically low. We need to talk to our friends, our tias, our primos, and everyone else about the impact their voices can make. In 2016 Donald Trump won because in swing states he won precincts by an average of 2 votes. Arizona is a battleground state and we can elect the second Democratic senator in Mark Kelly and Joe Biden and fundamentally change our country. But locally our votes will help turn the first Democratic majority in almost half a century. Funding for our infrastructure, funding for our schools, and money for healthcare depends on who is in the majority
1.Did you expect to be the candidate with the most votes in this primary election?
I wish to thank the Democrats and independent voters who requested and cast Democratic Primary ballots and voted for me. The final tally was 12,116 votes for me. This represented 29.42% of the Legislative District 2 House Democratic race. In the four-way race that equates to 59% of the votes because you can vote for two. As a Clean Election candidate with limited funding, I am proud of the landslide victory and the voters repeated confidence in me. I was aware that as the only woman in the race that my gender was an advantage. The voters listened to my message that I was the Proven and Experienced Progressive Leader. I expected to be successful and I am grateful to the voters for each vote. Please note that I ran a 100% positive campaign and I am very proud of that.
2. What do you want your supporters to know about what your plans are as a State Representative? Of course, there is still the General Election that must be won on November 3 against the Republican opponent. Even though Legislative District 2 is a “one party dominant” district, I am mounting a full campaign to win in the General Election.
I encourage voters to vote for both Representative Daniel Hernandez and me because there are two positions.
I am already working on my transition to the House. On Election Day, I reached out to the O’Connor Institute, founded by Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor. Before she withdrew from public appearances, she would host the Chats and Chalupas events at O’Connor House. The purpose was to bring Republicans and Democrats together for dinner and drinks at O’Connor House for Civil Discourse. They always had a panel of Democrats and Republicans to discuss how they collaborated in the past to solve problems. All 90 Legislators were invited. Because of COVID-19, we may have to do it remotely. I have planted the seed for a wonderful bipartisan opportunity.
Since I was first elected to the House in 2012, I have worked with the Fresh Produce Association. A few months ago, they invited me to a Lunch and Learn remote event for women leaders in the produce industry. The consultant helped me reframe some of my thinking. My mantra for the Democratic House Caucus is Unity, Respect, and Communication. I will suggest that we hire the consultant that the Fresh Produce Association to present at our caucus retreat. The Democrats have not had control of the House since the 1960s, so there will be a lot of changes.
3. Why is representing our Santa Cruz County as a State Representative special to you?
About two-thirds of Legislative District 2 is in Pima County but there I am one of seven Senators. I am proud to be the only Senator for all of Santa Cruz County. I am grateful for the support of voters of every party who know that I listen, show up, and work to bring resources to the County. I love representing Santa Cruz County because it is safe, culturally diverse, safe, historically significant, safe, cooler than other places in Arizona in so many ways, and did I mention SAFE. I treasure the relationships that I have developed with the business community, educational entities, and constituents. The respect and warmth that has been extended to me has been a mirror of the values of the constituents of the community.
4. What are you currently doing to encourage people to vote this general election?
I use Facebook and Twitter
It is never too EARLY to Start Messaging for the General Election.
Many voters will be FIRST TIME VOTERS.
I encourage voters to support the entire Democratic Slate
Joe Biden for President
Mark Kelly for US Senator
Re-elect Raul Grijalva for US Representative
We have 3 Democratic candidates for Corporation Commission. Please plan on voting for all THREE.
* Ana Tovar
* Bill Mundell
* Shea Stanfield
Please note that my friend and former AZ Democratic Senate Leader, Anna Tovar, will be the first Latina elected statewide in Arizona.
VOTE for TWO
Pima County Legislative House Candidates
LD 2 * Andrea Dalessandro
* Daniel Hernandez
Suzie Sainz has 40 years’ experience working in the county. She was born and raised here in Nogales, Arizona. Her father was Manuel F. Sainz, who retired from U.S. Customs Treasury Department as an Import Specialist, after 43 years. Her mother is Mary Lou Sainz a former Santa Cruz County Recorder, retiring after 14 years as County Recorder. Sainz has two older Sisters. Ann Denise Lutz, from Michigan, retired from Hartland County Public Works Department and Alva Luz Sainz, Assistant Principal at Arleta High School in Los Angeles.
Suzie have a son, Maurice Gene Jackson, who lives in Tucson, Arizona. He her with blessed with three grandchildren-Kendra Mary Lou, Nicholas Tyler and Ella Gene Jackson.
“I enjoy being with my grandchildren and doing different activities with them. Teaching them things I did as a child, enjoying the music and movies my father brought us up with such as musicals and singing with them,” said Suzie Sainz.Suzie Sainz attended Coronado Elementary (now A.J. Mitchell) and Lincoln Elementary School. She attended Nogales High School-Class of 1974, and received her GED Diploma at Mesa Community College in 1975. Sainz took general courses at Pima and Mesa Community College and studied Business Management at the University of Phoenix.
She is a certified Appraiser of Real and Personal Property by the Arizona Department of Revenue and the International Association of Assessing Officers. Sainz is a Certified Election Officer by the Arizona Secretary of State's Office.
In 2005, her office purchased a new document recording system, where documents are scanned and become images, making our office more efficient in assisting the public with searches and locating their property documents. Ms. Sainz is working on a project, which she refers to as Phase I of recorded documents that were only on microfiche from years 2005 to 1982. They have since been imaged and indexed by seller, buyer and legal description, readily available for property searches, viewing and to make copy requests, including sending the information via email to our customers. Their Phase II project included imaging all of documents that are on microfiche, aperture cards or in docket books from 1982 going back to 1899 when Santa Cruz County was established as a county. All these will be indexed once our vendor has completed their part of this project. Another project that is very important and special to Ms. Sainz is preserving property maps dating back to the early 1900's through early 1960's. These historical maps were folded in an envelope and were deteriorating, brittle and breaking off. With the guidelines of the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records they were able to humidify the maps in chambers and flatten the maps. To keep them preserved, the recorders office is mending the torn maps with archival filmoplast and storing them in archival sleeves.
The recorders office recently purchased a Ballot on Demand that prints ballots as needed saving on the volume of paper ballots they used to have in stock for in person early voters. They have a vendor that prints and mails approximately 17,000 early ballots. They also purchased an automated envelope opener which saves time in opening the envelopes received from early ballot affidavits.
“I feel honored that Santa Cruz County has given me the opportunity to serve them. I am humbled knowing that there is someone, somewhere, somehow, where I made a difference in someone's lives. I would like to thank the voters. I appreciate the faith they placed in me to do the job I was elected to do as their County Recorder,” said Suzie Sainz.
The future plans for the recorder’s office are to complete Phase II of the project. This project includes the indexing of all documents, index books, the restoration of historical maps by indexing these documents with property information of the seller, buyer and legal description. The recorders office wants to image all of the voter registrations that are stored in archival boxes, including the historical election rosters. An important on ongoing project is voter outreach to voters. Sending voters a Voter Guide for upcoming elections, which also includes illustration on how to vote their ballot. Postcards with Schedule of Events, Early Voting Sites and Voter Registration Forms mailed to each household to re-register if needed.
Daniel Hernandez has been the state representative for District 2 since 2017. He is the ranking member of the Public Safety Committee. Hernandez previously served on the State and International Affairs Committee, Judiciary and Public Safety Committee, and Federalism Property Rights committees. He is the co-founder and current chair of the LGBTQ Caucus.
“I’ve been honored to serve and hope to keep fighting for Santa Cruz County at the Capitol. I’ve learned a lot of lessons but the most important is the need to work and bring people together for the good of our state and our community. I’ve developed life-long friendships that I will continue to work with to help improve our state and community.Gabby Giffords continues to inspire me as an elected official and public servant. Her fight against gun violence has been pivotal to changing laws across the country,” said State Representative Daniel Hernandez.
Prior to serving in the Arizona State House he served in the Sunnyside Unified School district from 2011-2019. He also was the president of the board from 2014-2016. Daniel Hernandez attended the University of Arizona. He recently just completed a class in May. Hernandez will be receiving a Bachelors in Political Science.
Daniel’s mother is Consuelo Quinones Hernandez and father is Daniel Espinoza Hernandez. He has two sisters, his fellow state representative Alma Hernandez. His sister is a school board member and candidate for Pima County Supervisor Consuelo Hernandez.
His mother is originally from Nogales, Sonora. Many of his family members have emigrated from there to Santa Cruz County. “For me representing Santa Cruz County isn’t just a job it’s my family. I have family members that work in produce, the Holy Cross Hospital, and Mariposa Health Center. It is important for me to do a good job in representing Santa Cruz County. The border is an extremely crucial part of the state. I’m honored to serve and look forward to helping Santa Cruz County move forward,” said State Representative Daniel Hernandez.
Daniel’s goal is to get more underrepresented communities involved in policy making as elected officials, advocates, and subject matter experts. He has been training people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ community to run for office.
“One of the current projects I am currently working on to help improve Santa Cruz County is helping to support the healthcare infrastructure. I have been working along with Senator Andrea Dalessandro on improving testing across Santa Cruz. Right now, it is important to help protect the health of the residents of Santa Cruz. I was recently able to secure $1.01 million dollars for Holy Cross Hospital in Santa Cruz County and $3.6 million for Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital in Green Valley. I know that it will not be enough,”said Hernandez.”
“After the pandemic is over, I plan to continue working on economic development and job creation. These are two specific issues that continue to affect Santa Cruz County citizens. I’d like to also create more opportunities for higher education by working to strengthen and draw down full funding for the Provisional Community College. I would like to work on expanding job opportunities for our youth.”
“I hope to keep representing LD2 and continue to fight for Santa Cruz County residents. Next year, we will work to help small businesses, schools, and local governments. I’m looking forward to the challenge. Together we can ensure that Santa Cruz County is able to move forward after this pandemic,” said State Representative Daniel Hernandez.
Santa Cruz County continues to support Andrea Dalessandro as she runs for Legislative District 2 Representative. She has proven throughout the years, serving as our Senator, that she will continue to advocate for the best interests of our community. Dalessandro was elected to the House in 2012. Early in 2014, with the support of the Santa Cruz County Supervisors, who encouraged Pima County Supervisors to appoint her to the Senate. She was then elected to the Senate in January 2014, 2016 and 2018.
“The recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Santa Cruz County is alarming. I have been working to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Santa lobbyists, corporations, federal agencies, corporations, universities and Governor Ducey’s Office by advocating for testing and contact tracing for Santa Cruz County,” stated Dalessandro .
Senator Dalessandro is the Ranking Member of the Senate Education Committee where she has fought for Charter School reform and against the expansion of vouchers.
She has focused her efforts on the Judiciary Committee to protect voter rights. Dalessandro was a strong voice against allowing loaded guns on school campuses. She fought against the ill-conceived Sanctuary Bill. She also currently serves on the Natural Resources and Energy Committee.
“In Pima County I am one of 7 Senators, but I am the only Senator representing all of Santa Cruz County. I love the warmth of my constituents. Santa Cruz County is culturally diverse, historically significant, safe, and cooler than Phoenix in so many ways. I love visiting the schools to see the hard work the educators do to motivate their students.” I missed being a judge for the Senior Project at Nogales High School this year,” said Senator Dalessandro.
Dalessandro holds a BA and MA in Mathematics Education with an MBA in Professional Accounting from Rutgers University. Dalessandro spent more than 25 years as an educator, she taught math and accounting in public elementary, high schools, community colleges and universities. Her second career was as a Certified Public Accountant with her own tax practice. Andrea has only one daughter, a nurse midwife and five grandchildren.
“I met so many wonderful and talented people who have enriched my life. It has been challenging and rewarding. When asked what I have missed the most during the COVID-19 crisis, I said the hugs and encouragement of my constituents in Santa Cruz County. I am passionate about supporting quality education for all students because they are our future,” said Senator Dalessandro.
The Nogales Police Department is the primary law enforcement entity for the City of Nogales. They strive to enhance the quality of life in the community by upholding constitutional rights, enforcing the law, preserving the peace, and providing a safe environment. In 1899, the Nogales Police Department was established after Santa Cruz County was first recognized as a county, they were once part of Pima County. The earliest record of a formalized law enforcement entity dates to 1912. A marshal's office was founded in 1917, which later formed into a police unit.
NPD serves approximately 21,000 people that reside within the City of Nogales, with a floating population of 65,000 people a year. They can serve up to 85,000 people daily during traditional business hours. The Nogales Police Department has 48 certified police officers of all ranks with 18 civilian employees. Everyone who works within the department has a crucial role from Chief of Police to Patrol Officer each contributes to the department and performs their duties. The main role of any officer is to maintain the safety and well being of our community.
The NPD role includes community outreach, traffic enforcement, patrol services, parking enforcement, investigates, holds evidence and manages property records. The department receives funding through the City of Nogales from several sources of revenue, sales tax and state shared revenues.
“The community can best support us by getting involved in our Citizens Academy. This will help community members understand the everyday activities in our department.Our volunteer services are at a pause due to the pandemic. We look forward to bringing back our Citizens Academy and implementing our VIPS program (Volunteers in Police Service). We have community outreach programs we host regularly those are Nogales Night Out, Coffee with a Cop, and the DARE program,” said Lieutenant, Robert Thompson.
Ana Moreno recently announced she will be running for the office of Santa Cruz County Recorder. “It was just a year ago, I was volunteering at a community nonprofit event alongside the incumbent county recorder Suzie Sainz. It was at this event when Suzie planted the idea in me, to run for office. The more I thought about it, the more confident I felt it was an opportunity made for me! As county recorder, I plan to serve the community by implementing my professional expertise, and passion for community development,” said Moreno.
“I plan to invest all my time, energy, and attention to my campaign. This will involve educating members in the community about the role of a county recorder in our community. I want people to know why I would be the right person for this role. I want to make sure I make myself available. I plan to encourage everyone to register to vote and head to the polls on voting day,” said Moreno.
Anita is a Nogales native and the youngest of 9 siblings. She has been married for 31- years to Mario Moreno. They have two daughters Mia and Talia. She enjoys spending time with her 88 year-old mother Olga. “One thing I learned from my parents is the value of hard work. My mother and father made it their mission to provide us with opportunities. This is why I never take anything for granted,”said Anita.
Since 1986, Anita worked in the title and escrow industry in Santa Cruz County. From the beginning of her career, she worked diligently to respond to the wants and needs of customers. She has worked with key community stakeholders from state and local government officials. She has always dedicated her time to serve the community. Anita has served as president and been on the board of directors for over a decade with United Way of Santa Cruz County. United Way is a community non-profit organization focused on childhood education, public health, and financial stability.
“I strongly believe my work experience has prepared me for this position. I have experience working in title and escrow, which has allowed me to function as a non-partisan entity delivering hassle free real estate transactions and efficient closings. This process requires continuous communication with public service officers within the state, city, and county. This experience has given me a unique opportunity to learn the various functions of the county recorder, assessor, treasurer, building, planning & zoning departments within public service. Throughout my career, I have worked hard on effectively serving customers' needs and the community at large. I am always “raising the bar” on myself, it is important to always be the best person you can be,”said Anita.
“As a professional, I have always admired and respected my mentors who showed poise and resiliency when facing adversity. Mistakes happen and are often unforeseen, challenges arise, but what I learned is how you react, manage, and overcome a situation says a lot about the type of person you are,” said Moreno.
“I am continuously looking for opportunities to volunteer to support the well-being of our community. I enjoy motivating members of the community to find something they are passionate about, help them get involved, and encourage them to give back.”
“In closing, it is important to remind citizens that voting is a valuable privilege. Every citizen possesses the power to exercise their right to vote while creating an impact in their community. I want to invite community members to contribute, participate, and use their voice for causes that will help Santa Cruz County move forward,” said Moreno.
Mary Darling is not new to the political scene. She has been an inspiration to many as her work in Santa Cruz County has helped to inspire community members to take interest in registering to vote, get involved in public service, government policy, and advocacy. Her work has made echoes across our county as more people have taken an active role within the Democratic Party in Santa Cruz County.
Mary moved to Nogales in 1997. She has been a Santa Cruz County resident for 23 years.Her future plans are to run for City Council. “I want to ensure every eligible citizen that can vote, votes. I would like to ask for their vote and support to represent this community well while serving the citizens of Nogales,”said Mary.
Representing our community is important to me because so much of what is Nogales is misrepresented with the general population. I am compelled to change that perception. There is so much opportunity for innovation, imagination, and yes, inspiration for transformation while remaining true to the values of family, culture, and tradition.
“A few years ago, I attended a candidate forum and was stunned to listen to the city candidates failing to come up with 3 things they could do to encourage tourism in our city. All except for one candidate who was able to list 3 and more. We can and should promote our community often and with pride,”said Darling.
Every single woman leader I have worked with has in one way or another inspired me. Their qualities of inclusion, equity, cooperation, gracious with all, and forward thinking are attributes that make them effective leaders that inspire me to always do better.
“I can say my mom has inspired me too. She is someone who I have long admired for her wisdom, insight, bravery, persistence before it was accepted, her common sense, and her willingness to help anyone, anywhere. She believes every child - adult should be able to read. She has spent so much time reading with the kids at Challenger, while ensuring they each have library cards,” stated Darling.
My future plans for Nogales are to look into new revenue opportunities especially in our current economic environment, explore additional intergovernmental agreements and find new work opportunities within the community. It is important to focus on our infrastructure by replacing old street signs, adding caution lighting on Grand Ave at Court Street, provide seating in the downtown area, and bring back the citywide recycling program. I think we can celebrate the legacy of art through supporting our local artists painting murals. We can expand downtown dining beyond fast food. Lastly, I would like to see the community pool furnished with a snack bar while providing a family friendly environment.
James David Hathaway is not new to law enforcement. He has extensive experience working in law enforcement. His father, “James” David Hathaway, was an elected Santa Cruz County Attorney and also served as a judge until his retirement. Hathaway was born at the Saint Joseph’s Hospital, which was located where Burger King is now located. He is part of a fifth generation ranching family from East Santa Cruz County (Lochiel / San Rafael Valley area) in the 1880s before Arizona was recognized as a state.
Hathaway is fluent Spanish. He has been married for 37 years to Karen (Duke) Hathaway, a Nogales native. They have nine children together.
Hathaway and his family own ranching land in the San Rafael Valley and in the Nogales area. His ties to ranching stem across Santa Cruz and Cochise County.
James has been involved in ranching in the San Rafael Valley in Cochise and Santa Cruz County and in the Nogales area since childhood.
The Sonoita Fairground Museum features the family Hathaway family pioneer history of their ranching exploits in Santa Cruz County. Hathaway’s father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and other relatives were all ranchers in both Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties.
He went through the Nogales Public School system and graduated from Nogales High School in 1977. He then graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish. His wife Karen (Duke) Hathaway also comes from another local Nogales family. Her brother is Russell Duke, a dentist for almost 30 years with a dental practice in Nogales.
Hathaway started his career in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office working under Sheriff Jaime Teyechea and Sheriff Alfonso Bracamonte. While working under that position, Hathaway graduated from the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy (A.L.E.T.A.) in Tucson.
James embarked on a federal law enforcement career culminating with his assignment as the Chief of the Nogales office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.). He began his federal career by attending the FBI-DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Hathaway was transferred eight times in his career from Tucson, California, Bolivia, Illinois, Missouri, Paraguay, Washington D.C., and Nogales. He lived 8 years living in South America. James also worked for 8 years on the Mexican border in Calexico, California and Nogales, Arizona.
He has worked on criminal investigations involving multiple foreign countries and across the U.S. Hathaway formed and headed federal and foreign task forces in his offices and worked jointly with state, federal, and foreign prosecutors on several cases.
Hathaway worked directly with the U.S. Special Forces Command (MacDill A.F.B.) during foreign operations and often briefed upper level military personnel (both domestic and foreign). Hathaway was also the Spanish / English translator for personal negotiations between the Attorney General of the United States and the Attorney General of Mexico regarding sensitive international investigations. He worked with foregin officials as a Spanish-speaking liaison.He did many undercover assignments as a Spanish-speaking agent to help stop drug trafficking while keeping heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana off the streets.
“My biggest desire is to promote Santa Cruz County as a safe place to live and work. Border counties have gotten a negative image from a lot of unfounded hype in the national media. In reality, our crime rates are lower than the average in the state. We have a safe, friendly community. I want to stay that way, I want people to know Santa Cruz County is a safe place to live. We have great weather, friendly people, beautiful vistas, great businesses, and a willing workforce,” said Hathaway
Silent Heroes not all heroes are the same, they come in different forms, while some are never known. Not all heroes wear capes, some wear uniforms, others wear masks and gloves.
The Community Food Bank of Nogales has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by putting in place safety measures to help protect its employees and clients.
“We have made several changes to meet the guidelines of the CDC. We switched our food distribution to a drive-through model to basically limit person-to-person contact. We are not allowing clients inside the warehouse.We had to suspend our volunteer program, we only have paid staff currently working and operating the food bank,” Efrain Trigueras Nogales Operations Site Director.
The Nogales Community Food Bank along with the government and private sector distributed produce to residents across Santa Cruz County. They hosted two drive through pick ups one at Nogales High School and the other at Rio Rico High School.
The safety measures put in place include issuing clients a number upon their arrival in the parking area. Banners, and signs are displayed throughout the entrance to direct people to either apply for assistance or pick up their food boxes. The carts are sanitized prior to the clients using them to pick up their food boxes.
“We have adjusted our hours of operation and put new procedures in place to keep everyone safe. We have also implemented important safety measures to our food distribution,” said Monica Gonzalez Resource Center Co-Manager-Client Services/Volunteer Coordinator.
Hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Wednesday from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. for seniors only
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. public
For more information contact the food bank at: (520) 281-2790 2636
The Nogales Community Food Bank is located on: N Donna Ave. Nogales, AZ 85621
“We have gradually experienced an increase of families applying for assistance as a result of the pandemic and high unemployment rate in Santa Cruz County. We are now conforming to a new reality. The Community Food Bank is currently serving over 120-200 households daily. On a daily basis we are taking approximately 14-20 new applications daily. Everyone here at the food bank is going above and beyond to help families through these difficult times. We are essential workers doing our best to help those families,” said Gonzalez.
We are grateful to the Community Food Bank for going above and beyond to help our community. You are our heroes!
Griselda Navarro Resource Center Co-Manager-Warehouse
Monica Gonzalez-Resource Center Co-Manager-Client Services/Volunteer Coordinator
Reynaldo Montes De Oca-Client Services/Warehouse Assistant
Jose Origel-Warehouse Assistant
Sergio Lopez- CDL Truck Driver
Tomas Lopez- Logistics Coordinator
Alex Dabdoub- Warehouse Assistant
Efrain Trigueras-Produce Operations Manager
Adrian Juarez- CDL Truck Driver
A message by Debra Knapheid CEO,
Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital
The novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness that has come to dominate media coverage and affected our daily lives, has changed the way hospitals and caregivers approach how we care for our communities. I want to be clear, our top priority at Holy Cross Hospital is making sure our patients, our staff and our community remain safe.
As a rural safety net provider, Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital collaborates with community partners like Mariposa Community Health Centerandworks with emergency medical services to provide care for residents of the Santa Cruz County area. We have had to make changes restricting visitor policies and elective surgeries, but our hospital remains open and able to treat those needing care such as emergencies and childbirth. For the protection of our community, everyone entering the hospital is screened for fever, respiratory symptoms and travel history, and must wear a mask.
Holy Cross Hospital works closely with our county and state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to any potential COVID-19 cases that may present at our hospital. We routinely treat infectious diseases at our hospital and we have strong infection control policies, procedures, and systems in place to screen and treat patients.
Anyone who presents to our hospital with concerns about coronavirus will be assessed and, if necessary stabilized and treated, regardless of their insurance status, ability to pay, or immigration status. We do not disclose immigration status out of respect for patient privacy.
If a patient presents at Holy Cross and meets CDC criteria, we work with our local health department and if appropriate, gather a sample for testing and provide it to a CDC appointed laboratory. We follow CDC guidelines for identification and treatment of patients with suspected or confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
We can safely care for our patients with the supplies we currently have. Right now the rise in COVID-19 cases we are seeing in the U.S. is a concern. Carondelet is fortunate to be a part of Tenet Healthcare, which with its network of 65 hospitals across the country. Tenet’s most important mission right now is to provide the best possible support for its hospitals and other care facilities so they can continue to deliver life-saving treatment to fight COVID-19 and many other illnesses and conditions.
Like many other health systems, we have implemented strategies for PPE conservation, consistent with CDC guidance, to address continued availability of PPE and safe treatment of patients. The safety of our patients and staff is paramount. We only permit correct, properly designed PPE when our staff are providing patient care.
All hospitals have “surge plans” for large scale emergencies, and we are working through ways to examine capacity in concert with our sister hospitals Carondelet St. Joseph’s and Carondelet St. Mary’s in Tucson, where rooms are being repurposed to designated COVID units for more streamlined and specialized care. Additional capacity is available by flexing the utilization of other areas, including pre-op and the post-anesthesia care unit, for example.
Hospitals get inquiries for details on whether a facility has treated COVID-19 patients, number of ICU beds and other topics. We must respect patient privacy, protect our hospital’s security and defer to public health authorities for many questions relating to coronavirus.
We support the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” initiative to help to decrease the peak of infections in Arizona. Physical distancing, in other words staying at least 6 feet away from other people as much as possible, will slow the spread of COVID-19 and help to prevent overwhelming our healthcare system.
There has been tremendous teamwork and compassion from hospital staff, physicians and board members, who are offering all of their support during this pandemic. This is like running a marathon at the pace of a sprint, but we are all in this together to protect the health of our community.
Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital is located at 1171 W. Target Range Road in Nogales; for an online COVID-19 assessment and other information, visit www.carondelet.org/our-response-to-covid-19.
Joseph Scott, Rio Rico High School (RRHS) math teacher and Student Council (StuCo) Advisor has been elected to the Arizona Association of Student Council (AASC) Executive Board. Mr. Scott is one of only five elected advisors to sit on the state board, bringing a booming voice from Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 (SCV35) and southern AZ.
Mr. Joseph “Jo Jo” Scott is a first year teacher in the SCV35 District, hired by RRHS high school principal Hector Estrada for the 2019-2020 school year. “I am so thankful to Mr. Estrada for such a great opportunity to come to Rio Rico. He has believed in me 100% of the way,” said Scott.
Scott, who recently moved to Arizona from Arkansas, did so partly because he admired the work of the AASC. “Arizona stood out to me as one of the top five states based on size, growth, sustained success, student/advisor testimonies and the content they were able to provide and show from their events,” said Scott. He had set his sights on advising a student council ever since he attended high school. “I knew I could help make a difference in children's lives. I also knew I wanted a seat on the Executive Board; because I know I will do everything in my power to make the association the best it can be for students as well as advisors, to better serve their kids! I moved out here to become a key part of the AASC, and becoming an Executive Board member is just my first step.”
As for his vision for student council at RRHS, “It is to become the organization on campus that directly, and indirectly, creates a climate on campus. Long story short, we want to be responsible for the little moments of high school that students remember. We also want to be the connection of our district to the Rio Rico community. We are THE high school of the community, and we want to have programs and events that make the high school more of a hub for the community instead of the "last stop" for education.”
When asked to put into words what a Student Council is and what it represents, Mr. Scott said, “StuCo is the heart and soul of a campus. If it is thriving and producing great programs, then students feel excited to come to school. StuCo is the yearbook, because we create the moments on campus students want to remember. Most importantly, StuCo is the voice of students. We make sure that if a student has an idea, it is heard and that we work hard to make it possible.”
Over the next few years, Mr. Scott hopes to make big contributions to the board that will impact students all over the state. “I hope to bring a new and fresh perspective of how some of our events can be tweaked to better cater to our students. The methods that AASC use are "tried and true", but some of them just need to be freshened up to meet the desire of the ever changing world we live in.”
For more information regarding the AASC, please visit http://www.azstuco.org/site/
The results are in! The National Geographic Society named Manuel Lopez, an 8th grader at Coatimundi Middle School in Rio Rico, as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. The contest will be held at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus in Mesa, Arizona on Friday, March 27, 2020.
This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 32nd year. To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state with students in the fourth through eighth grades. This year, an estimated 2.4 million students competed in the GeoBee, with 8,661 students becoming school champions. School champions also took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories were invited to compete in the State GeoBees.
State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship where they will compete for additional cash, awards and college scholarships. The second- and third-place State GeoBee winners will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.
The 2020 National Championship will take place May 18-21, 2020, at National Geographic headquarters. The National Champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. The second-place finisher will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; the student finishing in third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will each receive $1,000 in cash. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.
Follow the national competition at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 18-21, 2020, at www.natgeobee.org.
The Nogales Fire Department is dedicated to the public safety and welfare of the residents of
Ambos Nogales. It was first incorporated 1914, in the State of Arizona and the Article of
incorporation recorded in the Office of the Santa Cruz County Recorder. According to historical
documents from Ralph Woodhouse in the year 1882, there was in place a fire fighting
organization or bucket brigade in Nogales. By 1895, The Territorial Legislature passed an act
providing for the organization of volunteer fire departments in cities and towns of Arizona.
The NFD responds to all 911 calls related to fire, medical, hazardous materials, electrical, water,
all public assistance and/or non-emergency calls 24 hrs. a day, 365 days a year. It serves
approximately over 3,000 calls combining medical and fire while serving a population of
The fire department currently has forty (40) shift personnel & four (4) administration (Fire Chief,
Assistant. Chief, Division Chief and Administrative Secretary) with a total of forty four (44)
The role of the fire Chief is the director overall responsible for the department’s wellbeing of the
personnel and for its budget. The Assistant Chief acts as the Fire Chief in his absence, takes
over command in major incidents, responsible for all personal protective equipment (fire) and
administration duties. Division Chief oversees all the medical division example, equipment,
supplies, permits, certification of personnel. Captains supervises their crew, takes command
and is the decision maker on 911 emergencies. In charge of the crew training, reports to the
Division Chief, Assistant Chief in large incidents. The Administrative Secretary greets all
persons walking or calling the fire station, keeps all the fiscal budget in order, submits all
paperwork for payroll, is the go to person for the troops when concerns arise in any payroll
The engineer is responsible for the fire apparatus, making sure it is ready to respond
to emergencies, transports all fire personnel safely, calculates the proper pressure for water flow
to extinguish the fire at hand may act as the Captain in their absence. Paramedic higher level in
the medical field, is responsible for treating the patients, makes decisions on how to transport
the patient and to what facility for a better outcome, reports to the Captain and may act in the
position of Captain in their absences. Firefighter does all the groundwork on the fire & ems calls,
set up ground ladders, fights interior fires, operates rescue tools to extricate patients from
damaged vehicles, assist paramedics in treatment of patient, drives the ambulances, may act as
the engineers in their absence, they are the overall workforce.
NFD is branch of the City of Nogales and a fiscal budget is allocated to the department as other
departments are funded within the City of Nogales through a general fund.
According to Fire Chief Jeffrey Sargent the department is funded through a general fund via the
city sale tax collection, there is a portion of the sales tax that is collected for public safety (fire &
police), all billable medical calls collected go directly to the general fund approximately 1 million
dollars more or less a year.
The NFD would like to encourage the community to call 911 in all emergencies, and make sure
to move to the right lane when an approaching ambulance and/or fire truck are responding with
lights and sirens, especially allowing the fire trucks the right a way in red lights intersections.
Throughout the year the NFD participates in a variety of local events like the City of Nogales
Night Out event, the Jump Back 2 School, and parades.They do the Toys for Tots drive every
year in the months of November. NFD gives out all the toys it collects on December 24th to
children in need. For further information on how to support our local fire department please stop
by the station at 777 N. Grand Ave. or call 520-287-6548.
Santa Cruz County Animal Care and Control has teamed up with PetHub to offer a new smart ID tag for pets. This new tag provides an extra layer of protection for pets. Anyone can create a free online Pethub account which contains the owners contact information. If a pet is found wearing this tag, the finder can use a smartphone's camera to scan the QR code, view the contact info on the online profile, and immediately contact you or someone on your trusted list in order to reunite owners with lost animals. Pethub accounts are safe and secure because the user controls what information is shared.
If the finder does not have a smartphone or does not know how to scan a QR code, there are two other ways. First, the finder can call the phone numbers printed on the tag. After the finder provides the license number, they will be connected to the finder. Second, the finder can go to PetHub’s website (also printed on the tag), enter the license number, and view your contact info.
With each tag, you have access to PetHub’s FREE Basic Membership . . .
* Online Storage of Your Information – Enter your contact information and your pet’s information into your PetHub account and link your account to your pet’s license number
* Lost Pet Call Center – PetHub's Pet Hotline is staffed 24-hours-a-day/7-days-a-week by humans, not an automated computer
* Lost Pet Poster – Ability to create a lost-pet poster for printing and sharing
* Pet Resource – PetHub’s website offers over 500 searchable articles to help you raise and nurture your pet
Or, upgrade to PetHub’s Premium Membership and receive additional benefits . . .
* Community Alerts – When you report your pet as “missing” on PetHub’s website, PetHub will send a virtual “Lost Pet” notification to local shelters, rescue groups, vet offices, pet professionals, and the PetHub community
* Tag Scan Notification – If someone finds your pet and scans the QR code on the tag, you’ll be notified with text and/or email alerts
* Social Sharing – Have your lost-pet poster shared on social media to spread the word even faster
* Discounts – Receive special offers from PetHub’s partners
“I believe this new tag will decrease our stray animal impounds and reunite lost animals with their owners. In 2018, 927 animals ended up at our shelter and in 2019, we housed 832 animals. These numbers should decrease year after year as the tags help reunite pets with their owners, hopefully without being brought to the shelter. “-Lt. Jose Pena, Animal Control Supervisor
For more information
Visit: santacruzcountyaz.gov or call Animal Control at (520) 375-7860
Call: (520) 375-7860
Stop by: 1368 N Hohokam Dr., Nogales AZ
The Santa Cruz Training Programs are dedicated to serving children and adults with disabilities in Santa Cruz County for 50 years. Last year in November, they celebrated their 50th anniversary. The training program was founded by Ana Maria Coppola. An advocate for children with disabilities who started to get other parents involved in starting a program to meet the needs of children with disabilities. It started as a pilot program during the summer of 1968. It was being offered to children with disabilities who were not attending elementary schools within Santa Cruz County. Later the pilot program developed into a year-round schooling program for children with disabilities.
The program receives direct funding from the state. The number of funds they receive throughout the year depends primarily on the number of members. Donations and grants also help to support the program. Personal donations, as well as big business donations, are accepted, to help keep the program in our community.
Marina Galhouse is the director of the program She is one of 94 employees who work in assisting 78 children and adults with disabilities. The program serves children from birth through adulthood. The training program also provides transportation and many other services to help meet the needs of its members.
“Our training program is centered on providing quality care to our members. We go out of the way to help our members receive the best vocational and rehabilitation services in Santa Cruz County. Our members are our top priority they are like family to us,” said Mrs. Galhouse.
One of the services the training program offers is employment to adults with disabilities. Another part of their programs consists of helping 23 members develop social skills and learn hands-on a specific trade of choice. The training program has a kitchen as well as a Café where members learn to cook, bake, sell, serve, and waitressing skills. The program also has a nursery where adults with disabilities learn about gardening. Members learn about planting seeds, and caring for plants and cultivating vegetables, which are later sold at the Farmer’s Market.
Groundskeeping is another trade members learn at the training program. The program consists of having members do contract work within the community, such as Unisource, Liberty Waters, and for private contractors.
Another program the SCTP offers is the rehabilitation and recreational with 28 members. This program helps members learn soft skills such as how to communicate and interact with the public. The members participate in a variety of social activities like bowling, going to the movies, visit the Santa Fe Ranch and Nogales Infantil.
These activities are therapeutic helping the members socialize and stay active. La Española DTTA is a program that provides specialized sensory-motor, cognitive, communicative, social interaction, and behavioral training. The Santa Cruz Training Program has 2 group homes, which includes 24/7 staff who care for our members.
The program for children is different from the adult services they provide. The services they provide to children with disabilities are done at the convenience of their home. These are basically respite care and rehabilitation services. Children learn occupational skills and personal care. All these types of services are available to families in Santa Cruz County. Not every child or family has the same needs. The services offered to them are dependant on eligibility.
“All our staff members are dedicated individuals who work the extra mile to provide quality care to members. We work hard to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our members,” said Marina Gallahouse.
The Santa Cruz Training program has grown into a successful vocational training program for individuals with disabilities providing them with an opportunity to live healthy productive lives. For anyone interested in having a loved one with disabilities enroll in our program please contact us at: (520) 287-2043.
Santa Cruz Workforce hosted their 6th Annual Santa Cruz Job Fair and Community Expo at the Nogales High School Ray Molera Gymnasium on Friday, October 18th from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Every year Santa Cruz Workforce hosts this annual event to help dislocated workers, and new career job seekers connect with local employers in Santa Cruz, Cochise, and Pima County. This year a total of 522 people participated in the job fair with more than 100 employers were in attendance. The job fair had a variety of vendors participate from healthcare, education, non-profit, government, retail, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
“We were extremely happy with the outcome of this event. It is our goal to help connect job seekers to local employers. We want to help our members succeed in their career goals. The event is held during the month of October to help local employers find the workforce they need for their peak season. This was an opportunity for potential employees to meet with employers and learn a bit more about the local businesses in the area,” said Maritza Cervantes, WIOA Director.
According to the Department of Economic Security, approximately 2,124 people filed for jobless benefits during the month of September. Santa Cruz County’s unemployment rate dropped from 12% to 10.6%. Although, Santa Cruz County remains the second-highest county among Arizona with the highest unemployment rate. This continues to be a big challenge for our local government. The local government is responsible for bringing in new businesses to the area. Arizona@ Work in Santa Cruz County works closely with local businesses and government organizations in Santa Cruz County to help meet their workforce needs.
The Santa Cruz Workforce not only hosts this annual event but also provides an array of services to the community. For more information on how the Santa Cruz Workforce can help you please contact the office at their local office at: (520) 375-7670 or visit their site at: 610 N. Morley Avenue, Nogales, AZ.
A Special thanks to:
Santa Cruz County ARIZONA@WORK Staff
Santa Cruz County Manager Jennifer St. John
Santa Cruz County Finance Director Mauricio Chavez
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors: Manny Ruiz, Bruce Bracker, and Rudy Molera
Santa Cruz County Maintenance Department
Nogales High School Administration & Staff
And to all exhibitors who contributed with donations as follows:
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Gariola Coffee House & Deli
Panaderia La Catedral
Quality Hotel Americana
Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office
Santa Cruz County IT Director Juan Balderas
State Representative Gabaldόn serves as our LD 2 State Representative, a position that she has held since first elected in 2012. She is a Ranking Democrat on the Natural Resources, Energy, and Water Committee, and also serves as a member of the Transportation Committee. While serving at the legislature, she has been fortunate to be selected to participate in several special interim committees that have impacted Santa Cruz County. State Representative Gabaldόn served on the Sahuarita Town Council from 2009-2012 and accepted leadership roles on several not-for-profit boards.
Representative Gabaldόn was the prime sponsor of HB 2532: critical health information; emergency responders, which was signed into law by Governor Ducey and took effect on August 27, 2019. The State House first read HB2532 on February 4. In addition to the votes, there were several presentations and outreach to stakeholders throughout the process.
State Representative Gabaldόn introduced and sponsored several bills related to public safety, the environment, and public education
She supported and advocated for bills that were important for Santa Cruz County and worked on a variety of legislation with her colleagues. State Representative Gabaldόn advocacy resulted in bringing attention to the funding of repairs needed to the Nogales IOI and Wash.
For the past eight years, Rosanna Gabaldόn has been an adopted daughter of Santa Cruz County. “I feel the family connection that is familiar to me. Through my volunteer efforts, I have worked with countless people who are an inspiration to me for their dedication and willingness to do so much, and so many times without enough resources. We do what we can with what we got. It has been my honor and pleasure to be a voice for Santa Cruz County at the State Legislature,” said State Representative Gabaldόn.
Investment in the economic development of Southern Arizona benefits everyone. Representative Gabaldόn will continue to address the funding needs for the roads and infrastructure of Santa Cruz County.
State Representative Gabaldόn will encourage the legislature to take advantage of the opportunity to capitalize on the improvements invested in the infrastructure of the State Route 189, Mariposa Road. “We must find revenue for much-needed road infrastructure, especially in rural communities,” said Representative Gabaldόn.
Her priorities include funding for public education, infrastructure, and working toward obtaining sustainable water supplies.
According to State Representative Gabaldόn, “We must make sure that the gains we have made for our public schools are expanded and secured for the long haul. There is a fundamental need to improve our infrastructure, including rehabilitation of our roads and highways. We must all come together – Republicans and Democrats – and find a long-term solution to Arizona’s water needs. We have a great history of making smart, bi-partisan water policy, and our future depends on it.”
The State of Arizona is changing, and in the 2020 election, we may see the Arizona State Legislature change in leadership to include more democratic control. We must prepare for this change now and make our plans that will make the transition effective. We can begin by building better relationships with individuals of both political parties. We won’t get anywhere if we don’t start listening to each other. Together we must continue to address the funding needs for the Nogales IOI and Wash and keep the attention going for its continual rehabilitation. Also, let's take advantage of the opportunity to capitalize on the improvements invested in the infrastructure of the State Route 189 Mariposa Rd.
Many organizations have supported State Representative Gabaldόn throughout the past decade of service to the legislative district. Most important are the individuals who have helped me by bringing attention to the issues that matter to the citizens of Santa Cruz County. My appreciation to Chicanos Por La Causa, the Salvation Army, and the local health organizations that have kept me informed of the needs of the area. I give my wholehearted thanks to the many unsung heroes, individuals who go to work every day, and through their efforts make our community better and better, including service organizations, our business community, and our elected leaders. It is my pleasure to work with those who provide support and love for our more vulnerable in Santa Cruz County.
State Representative Gabaldόn was born in Bermuda, from a military family. Through military life, I have lived in Japan, Michigan, Texas, Panama, and Tucson. Always moving has taught me to appreciate what I have. My husband Arturo and I have made Southern Arizona our home, we live in Sahuarita, and our son Andrés works in Tucson. Her father and mother both come from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, and her father served over 20 years in the Air Force. She is the youngest of three daughters, and they have each made Southern Arizona their home. “I am proud of receiving a high school diploma and my diligence in learning about issues. I express my passion through service to our community. It has been my privilege to participate in a variety of boards that have a profound impact on our lives and in our community. I am proud of my time working with children and the organizations that help develop them, it was an honor to work with First Things First from 2008-2012, and today I serve on the board of the Guadalupana Lab Schools working with early childhood development students,” said Rosanna Gabaldόn.
On Saturday, October 26th from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. the Bahá'ís Faith of Santa Cruz County celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Báb, one of the Twin Founders of the Bahá'í Faith at the Rio Rico Community Center.
The Baha’i Faith is the youngest of the world’s religions. It is based on the teachings of two Divine Educators, the Bab and Baha’u’ llah. Both lived during the mid-1800s in Persia and shared revolutionary concepts about the oneness of humanity. This month the Baha’i community celebrates the birthdays of both the Bab and Baha’u’llah. This year is significant because it is the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab.
Baha’is believe that there is one God who, out of love for humanity, reveals Himself and His Will through Divine Educators – the Founders of the world’s religions. Some of these Educators are Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Krishna, and most recently, the Bab and Baha’u’llah. The Baha’i teachings tell us that we can know God through studying the lives, scriptures, and guidance of these Holy Messengers.
The Bab (meaning “the Gate”) encouraged everyone to seek spiritual truth with independent hearts and to let go of superstition and dependence on clergy. He was put to death for His teachings after a turbulent ministry of only 6 years, but His primary objective was fulfilled - to prepare humanity for the coming of Baha’u’llah, who envisioned a future where all of humanity operates as one loving family.
The Baha’i Faith is organized without priests or clergy. Each person is responsible for his or her own search for truth and a relationship with God. Our purpose in life, according to Baha’u’llah, is to draw closer to God by offering selfless service to others. Together, we are all citizens and caretakers of one planet. Baha’u’llah calls upon each individual to actively root out our prejudices and systemic inequalities that divide people of different ethnic backgrounds, national origins, genders, and social classes.
Baha’is believe that lasting social change starts in the family and at the neighborhood level when we build relationships based on love and mutual respect. Baha’is gather in homes and community centers, offering opportunities for all age groups to worship, learn, and serve their communities together. Anyone (regardless of their religion) can participate and even host core community activities, which include:
With more than 50 years of law enforcement experience, Sheriff Tony Estrada knows first hand that Nogales, Arizona is one of the most secure areas along the Mexican border. “The crime rate along our border town is extremely low, people are safe walking our streets at night, we take great pride in knowing our community is a safe place for our citizens,” said Estrada.
On January 1, 1993, Sheriff Tony Estrada was first sworn into office. He was born in Nogales, Sonora Mexico before his family immigrated to Nogales, Arizona when he was just an infant. He comes from a family of humble beginnings who always encouraged him to work hard. Estrada first started his career in law enforcement working as a dispatcher for the Nogales Police Department. He worked his way through the ranks before he retired as a captain for the department in 1991.
Sheriff Tony Estrada is currently serving his seventh-consecutive term as sheriff in Santa Cruz County. At the age of 76-years-old, Sheriff Tony Estrada is debating now whether or not he should retire. “I have a difficult decision to make this new election season. My family feels I have done and accomplished enough that they feel it might be time for me to retire. I feel extremely healthy and capable to continue in this role but the decision, if I should retire, will be dependent on my family, friends, and work-family. Family comes first they have always supported me and they will support whatever decision I make but I also have to think about them,” said Sheriff Estrada.
According to the County Elections Office, five candidates have filed official paperwork to run for Santa Cruz County sheriff in 2020. “I am aware of the candidates running for this office have started early in their election campaign. It looks like it will be an extremely competitive race. One of the things that are unfortunate about politics and campaigning is it brings out the worst out of some people. People that you consider friends or acquaintances turn their back on you, and then you have those that are nasty or vicious. It is harmful and hurtful to the family because they never want to hear anything negative about your husband, your father or grandfather so having gone through 7 administrations they have been more than supportive but also the support of the community,” stated Estrada.
“Since I took office the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office has grown into an exceptional law enforcement agency in Southern Arizona. As sheriff, I have tailored law enforcement and policies to meet the needs of our county. It is important for our residents to feel safe and I have an obligation to ensure their public safety,” said Estrada.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve my constituents. I am thankful for having the opportunity to work with such a great team of law enforcement people. They are key to many of my successes, they have worked by my side for years, we are a family. I would have never dreamed that someone with my background would have the opportunity to serve such an office,” said Sheriff Tony Estrada.
On Wednesday, September 18th at 5:30 p.m., Santa Cruz County Embraced the “Choose Love Movement.” Little Red School held a free community event promoting the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. The event was hosted by CHARM, Superintendent Kathy Romero, and the Santa Cruz County Superintendent's Office. The event was well attended by the public and community leaders. An empowering evening event with Scarlett Lewis, the Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement!
The “ Choose Love” movement was introduced to the community by a local nonprofit organization called CHARM (Child Health and Resilience Mastery). The nonprofit organization was founded by two local residents Nisa Talavera and Heidi Pottinger. Their mission is to empower children and families to strengthen their resilience in health-promoting ways.
The “Choose Love” global movement started after Scarlett's 6-year-old son Jesse was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary. Scarlett Lewis is nationally recognized for her global movement teaching "Nurturing, Healing, Love" to help create safer schools and communities. This global movement is in all 50 states and in DC, as well as 80 plus countries worldwide.
“This was my first visit to Santa Cruz County and aside from being extremely beautiful and peaceful, I would say Santa Cruz County is filled with courageous leadership. Those in positions of power that speak up and out about what is in the best interests of our children. I experienced the warmest welcome from the community during our dinner at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Nogales. Educators, administrations, parents, and business people were stepping up to be a part of the Choose Love Movement and committing to making their schools, homes, and communities safer, more peaceful and loving place - it was an incredible experience,” said Scarlett Lewis.
The event included a dinner catered by Rancho Grande with live entertainment by the Nogales High School Mariachi Apache. For more information on this movement please contact Dr. Heidi Pottinger the Founder and Executive Director and Ms. Nisa Stover Talavera the Founding Vice-Chair of CHARM at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We at Border Eco are thrilled to present this month's hidden treasure in Santa Cruz County. Founded in 1944, Wisdom’s Cafe has been serving customers ever since . It has been a part of our community for several years. This restaurant has been in the family for generations. The restaurant is located at 1931 I-19 Frontage Rd, Tumacacori, AZ 85640.
Wisdom’s Cafe is known for its award-winning margaritas and traditional Mexican food mouthwatering recipes. It has kept locals and tourists coming for many years. In this family-owned restaurant, recipes have been handed down from generation to generation.
A member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Herb Wisdom was raised in Tumacacori, Arizona. An alumni of Nogales High School, he is a member of the Hall of Fame. Former chief of police for the Nogales Police Department. This restaurant has been managed by him and his family for many years.
Mr. Wisdom also owns Wisdom's Sports Uniforms and Wisdom's Sports & Scholars. Irene, his wife of 60 years, lives with him in Santa Cruz County. In addition to their two sons, they have four grandchildren. Richard, his oldest son, who would have been 56, was killed in a car accident two years ago near Palo Parado.
“I've been running the restaurant with my wife for many years, but now it's run by my son and daughter-in-law. It is actually they who run the restaurant, and we only get in their way. Every now and then, we stop by for a free meal and beer."
Additionally, Herb says Clifford, 54, my second born, shares ownership with his wife Celeste of the restaurant. Their children Sasha and Griffin are my only grandchildren living here in Arizona. Griffin, my grandson, graduated from Rio Rico High School. Currently, he manages the restaurant's bar. My granddaughter, Sasha, also works at the restaurant after graduating from the University of Arizona.
Previously, this was the highway to Tucson (now known as the Old Nogales Highway). People used to travel to Nogales, Sonora Mexico for the bullfights, La Caverna, Major League Baseball, and many 4 star restaurants in downtown Nogales, Sonora before the new highway was built. We relied on this traffic to sustain us because it would attract approximately 10,000 people a week. As soon as the highway to Tucson was completed, our customer base suffered.
“Luckily when Green Valley started, it is development this helped us to bring customers from that area. We were fortunate enough to have some developers from Green Valley come to our restaurant. They asked us if would allow them to hold their meetings here. I said, absolutely, so they having their meeting here really helped our business as word of mouth helped to bring many people from Green Valley. Our restaurant is very popular in that area,” said Mr. Wisdom.
Rio Rico has also grown exponentially, so we are fortunate to have people come in from there as well. We serve 80 to 100 people a day on average. During the weekend, we usually serve around 240 people. Tubac and Tumacacori provide us with many regular customers.
“Our margaritas at Wisdom's Cafe are known for their award-winning quality. COVID prevented us from holding our margarita contest last year. In the past two years, we have won the margarita contest in Arizona. It generates a lot of business for the restaurant. Fruit burritos are our specialty. It was my grandmother's recipe,” said Herb.
As children, she would give us flour tortillas filled with jam or jelly. One day, it fell into cooking oil and got crispy after cooling. After tasting it, we began making them that way with apple, cherry, and peach with some ice cream, so now everyone who comes will enjoy them.
Wisdom said you should definitely order a fruit burrito with the filling of your choice for dessert! It is absolutely delicious! Served hot with vanilla ice cream, it's fried golden brown and crispy.
Wisdom's Cafe is unique in every way. A dining experience like no other, with delicious food and excellent service. A historical Mexican restaurant decorated with historical memorabilia. Discovering a hidden treasure in our community is an exciting experience.
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