Paul's Note: Friday, July 19th, 2019

Paul’s Note
Friday, July 19th, 2019
 
Paul’s Note
Pet of the Week
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Ward 3 Events
City Wide Events
Did You Know?
 
Paul’s Note
 
Ward 6 Art of Asylum
 
Last week, Council Member Kozachik hosted a reception to unveil art by children seeking asylum staying at the Benedictine Monastery. This week I had the opportunity to go by Ward 6 and see for myself. It’s a beautiful and moving exhibit and I’m proud that it’s on display in Tucson. The children who drew these pieces have spent days, weeks or months traveling from often tragic circumstances in Central America to pursue the legal asylum process.
 

 
This piece of art, by two children from El Salvador, says in Spanish “God bless this place and those good-hearted people that offered their help when we needed it most.”
 
Steve K and the whole Ward 6 team deserve tremendous credit for their ongoing efforts at the Benedictine. As you may have seen in the news, the Benedictine site will soon be closing as development at the site begins. Pima County has agreed to house the families that had been going to the Benedictine at a repurposed youth detention center. Thanks to Pima County for finding a location with a kitchen, showers and safety for the people who will be passing through. I have complete confidence that Catholic Community Services, Ward 6 and the many volunteers and organizations involved in supporting migrants will make the new location a safe and welcoming place.
 
The art will be up on the walls of the Ward 6 office through the end of August. Please go take a look for yourself and see the beautiful images created by these children.
 
 
Sisters Helping Sisters
 

 
Council Member Paul Durham and Sister Jose’s Executive Director Jean Fedigan in the courtyard at the Women’s Center
 
I had the pleasure of visiting the Sister Jose Women’s Center this week. It was my first visit to the new center on Park Ave. Jean Fedigan and the team over at Sister Jose impressed me with their warmth and respect shown to all who enter the center.
 
Sister Jose is one of the few shelters that is solely for women. They provide a low barrier, safe space during the day for women experiencing homelessness as well as overnight shelter for 35 women. Jean shared that they typically have just under 25,000 day visits a year. During these day visits, women have the ability to take showers, get a clean pair of clothes, do laundry, hang out in the library, enjoy a meal and sleep. (Jean explained that a woman experiencing homelessness will often walk and stay moving all night for safety.) Critically, as Jean explained, Sister Jose’s provides a space where women can feel safe and feel more at ease.
 
I also learned about CREATE which is a program Sister Jose began two years ago to help women transition into housing. The residential program centers on helping women to regain their sense of self and empowerment. It includes various life skills and expressive arts. As women go through the program, they receive a stipend that can help them to build up some savings over the 26-week program. When women graduate from CREATE they most often transition into a work program offered by one of the local agencies that specialize in those services and 70% move into permanent housing.
 
All of this work is funded by private donations with a lot of help from the many volunteers and five staff members who keep it running. I applaud Jean and the team at Sister Jose’s for the work they do providing a safe space to women experiencing homelessness and their commitment to ending homelessness. You can learn more about Sister Jose’s and how to donate here.
 
THRIVE in the 05 Business Summit - July 29
 
My staff and I hear from small businesses constantly and regularly get to hear about their challenges and successes. I know that it is not easy to run a successful business and that is why I am pleased to partner with the City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives, Pima Community College Workforce Development and the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber for the Thrive in the 05 Business Summit in just ten days.
 
I invite you to join other businesses in the Oracle Road / Miracle Mile area where you will learn about existing and new programs to help local businesses succeed and we ask you to share what your needs are to strengthen your business. Participants will also find ways to get involved in shaping the Thrive in the 05 revitalization initiatives.
 
Monday, July 29 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Pima Community College’s, Downtown Campus in the Amethyst Room
1255 N Stone Ave
 
AGENDA
 
•5:00 pm | Sign-in, Networking, & Refreshments
•5:45 pm | Welcome & Introductions
•6:00 pm | Workforce & Economic Development Facilitated Discussions
•7:00 pm | Adjourn
 
 
North Dodge
 
On Monday I was very happy to attend the kick-off meeting to reactivate the North Dodge Neighborhood Association. The North Dodge Neighborhood is area bounded by Palo Verde, Alvernon, Glenn and Ft. Lowell. We had about two dozen residents attend the meeting that was graciously hosted by AGM Container Controls and their owner Howard Stewart at their office on Ft. Lowell. Members of TPD’s Midtown Division also attended and gave updates on crime stats and provided crime prevention tips.
 
Neighborhood groups are a vital way for our office to communicate. They help indentify issues and projects that are priorities. Communities are able to rally around priorities, which allow our office to better facilitate the direction of resources. It also allows for more effective communication and coordination with police for work on quality of life issues that neighborhoods may face. I would like to thank Fran Garcia for organizing the meeting. It can take a lot of time and energy to active an area, but Fran has stepped up to the challenge. The whole Ward 3 office is proud of your hard work.
 
If you live in an area without a neighborhood association and would like more information on potentially forming one, please contact us.
 
-Paul D.
 
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Pet of the Week
 
Watson
 

 
This is Watson.  This handsome guy can be found at Pima Animal Care Center where he has been waiting for a new best friend to bring him home since May. Watson is a black dog of mixed heritage, and if you want to try to figure out what he’s made of you can plug in some answers on this questionnaire to get some clues.
 
Adopt don’t Shop!
 
No Pet Store Puppies Day is on Sunday, July 21st. What better way to celebrate than to adopt a new family member and support PACC so that they can continue to take care of the 17,000 animals that they take in annually.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
 
Flowing Wells Estates Neighborhood Watch
Saturday
July 20th
4-5 pm
Old Times Kafe
1485 W Prince Rd
 
Campbell Grant
Monday
July 22nd
6-7 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Keeling
Monday
July 22nd
7-8:30 pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
2902 N Geronimo Ave
 
Grant Road Coalition
Tuesday
July 23rd
5:30-6:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Central Segments Safety Coalition
Tuesday
July 23rd
6:30 -7:30 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
Jefferson Park
Wednesday
July 24th
6-8 pm
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
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Ward 3 Events
 
Free English Classes for Adults
 
International Learning Center of Tucson is offering ESL classes for adults starting July 17th
Every Wednesday & Thursday
8:30 am-10:30 am
Ward 3 Community Room
1510 E Grant Rd
 
For more information contact Steve Knittel at 520-257-1161 or ilctuc2019@gmail.com
 
Thrive in the 05 Business Summit
Monday
July 29th
5-7 pm
Pima Community College
Downtown Campus
Amethyst Room
1255 N Stone Ave
 

 
Friends of Marty Birdman Center Back to School Extravaganza
Monday
July 29th (Please pre-register by Monday, July 22nd!)
5-7 pm
Marty Birdman Center
2536 N Castro Ave
 
Free backpacks, school supplies, hygiene products and haircuts for school aged children (K-12)
 
Please pre-register by Monday, July 22nd. Registration is limited to the first 100 children.
 
Call (520) 791-5950 to register.
 
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City Wide Events
 
Back to School Bash at Quincie Douglas Center This Weekend
Saturday
July 20th
9-11:30 am
Quincie Douglas Center
1575 E 36th St
 

 
For more information, call the Quincie Douglas Center at (520) 791-2507.
Quincie Douglas Center: http://bit.ly/2xOWUGs
Tucson Parks and Recreation: http://bit.ly/2PUW03e
 
Dedication for El Rio Center Murals
Saturday
July 20th
6-8 pm
El Rio Neighborhood Center
1390 W Speedway Blvd
 

 
On Saturday Ward 1 and City of Tucson Parks and Recreation will host a community celebration and ribbon-cutting for the newly restored murals at the El Rio Neighborhood. Renowned artists David Tineo and Alfonso Chavez, with the help of local youth and volunteer artists, have been working this summer to restore three of five murals from the 1970s.
 
For more information, call the Ward 1 Office at (520) 791-4040.
El Rio Center: http://bit.ly/2XJLW4u
Ward 1 Council Office: https://tinyurl.com/y4pf7qby
 
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Did You Know...?
 
TCB is Accepting Proposals for Tucson Water's Neighborhood Scale Stormwater Harvesting Grant
 
Tucson Clean & Beautiful wants to help turn your neighborhood’s stormwater problems into beautiful, functional neighborhood resources with a grant from Tucson Water. Proposed projects must be on public property within the City boundaries, and must harvest rainwater and incorporate trees and vegetation. Due August 16th, 2019. Click HERE for info or to apply.
 
Free Map Tucson Training for the Public
Tuesday
August 20th
1:30-3 pm
481 W Paseo Redondo
Pueblo Room
 
Map Tucson is a one-stop web-GIS tool that allows you to query and map  the City of Tucson’s most used spatial data.
 
 
Applications Being Accepted for Watershed Management Group Docents
 
What is a WMG Docent? Docents are Watershed Management Group's volunteer ambassadors perform duties like giving tours of WMG’s public demonstration site, tabling at outreach events, data collection and monitoring, rain garden care, administrative tasks, Spanish translation, Latinx community engagement, and assisting visitors at the WMG Welcome Center.
 
Applications for Fall 2019 docent training that begins August 30th are due August 1st.
 
To find out how you can become a member of the team at Watershed Management Group click the following link: https://watershedmg.org/learn/your-living-lab/docent
 
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Council Member Paul Durham is on Social Media!
 
Ward 3 has Facebook and Twitter pages so you can keep up with our Council Member and stay in touch with what's happening in Tucson and around the Ward.
 
Please "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMPaulDurham/
Please "Follow" us on Twitter: @CMPaul_Durham
 
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