DCQC 2021 Speaker Series Highlights Sister José and Friends In Deed

Marybeth Bates

The Democratic Club of Quail Creek’s final meeting of 2021 celebrates two worthy volunteer organizations.

Many of you may have heard about Friends In Deed or used their services. This 51-year-old volunteer organization has durable medical equipment to lend to Green Valley and Sahuarita residents without any cost or prequalification, such as age or income. In 2019 Friends loaned out almost 7,000 pieces of equipment! Another of the major services provided by Friends is transportation to medical and other appointments.

Larry Engel is an 11-year veteran driver with Friends In Deed and will share his history with them and explain the effects of COVID-19 on Friends In Deed’s operations and how they coped and survived.

Jean Fedigan, President and CEO of Sister José Women’s Center, will be here speaking about their mission helping Tucson’s homeless women.

Sister José Women’s Center is dedicated to the care and nurturing of homeless women in a welcoming environment. From their website, “We provide the homeless women of Tucson access to showers and laundry, meals, clothing, and a supportive community so they can create a self-sufficient life and move out of homelessness.”

The day program provides a “low barrier” center for unaccompanied homeless women with a stable and safe environment to recoup from the stress of homelessness and poverty. The Winter Night Program provides shelter for women who would be sleeping outside. Last winter, Sister José provided 1,562 overnights. Volunteers and university interns are the heartbeat of Sister José Women’s Center.

The community is invited to join us on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Silver Room, Madera Clubhouse.