In Response to COVID-19
SAAF continues to work with local, state, and federal partners to monitor the presence of COVID-19 coronavirus and recommended responses to prevent its spread.
SAAF is responding with a plan to meet the needs of the people we serve, while protecting the health of our clients and participants, our staff and volunteers, and the community as a whole. This is our highest priority.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO SAAF’S OPERATIONS AND SERVICES
SAAF clients and participants are being encouraged to stay home as much as possible and to only come to SAAF if absolutely necessary. To honor social distancing, we are asking all visitors not to linger at SAAF’s locations once they have received services.
Anyone who is experiencing any of the following symptoms should avoid coming to SAAF: fever, cough, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
Anyone at heightened risk for COVID-19 because they are an older adult, have recently traveled, or have heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease should avoid coming to SAAF.
If you have any of these symptoms or feel like you may have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider. If you do not have or are unable to see a primary care provider, call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-844-542-8201.
Client Care and Support Services:
All client communication and meetings with Case Managers and Housing Case Managers will now be conducted over the phone and through email. This includes 90-day, half-birthday, and full-birthday assessments. If necessary, Case Managers will mail and/or drop off documents and items to individual clients and will provide means for clients to mail necessary documents back to SAAF.
The Food For Life Program will continue to make and deliver meals for clients at the regularly scheduled times. The Pantry will remain open and the monthly Harvest will be available. All clients should contact their Case Managers and/or the main SAAF line at 520-628-7223 to coordinate delivery of Pantry and Harvest food items. Clients are being asked to leave their coolers outside their doors for doorstep delivery.
Socialization group continues to be suspended but we are now offering a virtual coping skills group over the phone or video every Wednesday from 12:30 PM–2:00 PM. If you are in need of individual counseling sessions, we are continuing to provide them over the phone. Please contact Catherine Moutray, MSW at email@example.com with any questions.
Shower services at the Euclid Office are suspended.
Prevention, Education, and Testing:
All school-based activities have been suspended pending the reopening of public and charter schools.
All Community Education outreach, tabling, and presentations are suspended.
The Syringe Access Program (SAP) remains open and will operate normal hours every Monday and Wednesday between 4:00-7:00pm. All currently active SAP clients will have access to increased limits on the distribution of syringes to reduce the number of times clients need to visit the drop-in center. SAP clients may have a family member of friend utilize the Syringe Access Program on their behalf, if necessary.
At home HIV testing is available by calling 520-547-6167
The PrEP and PEP Program will continue assisting with navigation by phone and by email. The PrEP and PEP Team is working with medical providers to assess their capacity to accept referrals during this time. Please contact a PrEP/PEP Navigator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Eon and the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th (TLC4):
All programming at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is being suspended, with the exception of the Homeless Youth Project (HYP). HYP will be available Monday through Friday from 3:00-5:00pm. Qualifying youth will be able to drop in to access food, clothing, bus passes, safer sex materials, and hygiene products. 15-minute showers will be available, but laundry services are suspended.
TLC4 staff will be available by phone or text Monday through Friday from 10:00am-5:00pm to be a listening ear and/or to connect youth to available resources at 520-561-2367.
In the coming weeks, Eon staff hope to implement virtual programming. Stay up-to-date through Facebook (@eonyouth) and Instagram (@eon_lounge).
Community and Volunteer Events:
SAAF’s Annual Jell-O Wrestling Event scheduled for April 18th has been canceled. but we are moving forward with ticket sales for the grand prize raffle, which can be purchased HERE.
Group volunteer activities, including Walk In Wednesday and Volunteer Orientation, are suspended.
Please reach out to Travis Craddock at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Make a gift:
Financial contributions are greatly appreciated at this time.
Gifts made online will receive instant acknowledgment through an email receipt that you can use for tax purposes. You can make your secure, online gift HERE.
Gifts can also be made by mail to SAAF at 375 S. Euclid Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719. Gifts received through mail may incur a slight delay in being processed and acknowledged. Thank you for your patience.
Below is a list of some food items and hygiene products that are needed to continue supporting clients and participants.
Any donations can be brought or mailed to the main SAAF office at 375 S. Euclid Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719 between 10:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday.
o Hygiene and toiletry products
o Bleach and other disinfectants
o Hand sanitizer and hand/body soap
o New underwear and socks of all sizes
o Canned food, meats, and soups (easy-open tops preferred)
o Pasta and pasta sauces
o Instant ramen, macaroni and cheese, and cup of noodle
o Instant rice
o Peanut butter
o Fruit cups
o Granola bars
o Protein bars
o Popcorn and chips
o Baby wipes
o Baby formula
o Diapers of all sizes
o Baby bottles
o Gatorade and other sports drinks
o Bottled water
o Gift cards (Walmart, Target, Grocery Stores)
Sign up for a volunteer shift:
SAAF is in need of volunteers to assist with daily operations – e.g. answering phones or delivering meals. Please contact Chinna Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
HIV, LGBTQ+ individuals, and communities marginalized by society.