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Need a ride for a medical appointment or shopping? Need money for an unexpected expense? Need someone to watch your house while you’re on vacation?

Our Neighbor Network is a service developed by the Sun City West Consortium to help local residents access needed services in order to remain healthy and stay safe. The Consortium maintains an up-to-date list of non-profit health, human, transportation and volunteer services that can be reached by calling (623) 832-4666. Tell them what kind of help you need, or click on OurNeighborNetwork.org.

If you or someone you know in Sun City West needs some kind of help, you can search the website, or walk into one of these locations during normal business hours to get in-person assistance: North County Fire & Medical District Administration Building at 18818 N. Spanish Garden near Camino del Sol; Sun City West Rec Centers Administration Building at 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd.; Sun City West Foundation, 14465 R.H. Johnson near the Posse;  Benevilla at 13576 Camino del Sol near Carrie’s Café; or Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing, at 14719 W. Grand Ave., in Surprise near the Hampton Inn Hotel.

Agencies that coordinate services for Sun City West are those five and also the Sheriff’s Posse, Community Fund of Sun City West, Northwest Valley Connect, PORA, and TORCH (Citizens Academy).

Our Neighbor Network is available to help Sun City West residents with a variety of needs. Take Charlie, for example. Charlie is a Vietnam veteran who served 20 years in the Air Force. He gets around pretty well except he needed transportation to and from the VA and other appointments. He learned through ONN about Northwest Valley Connect.

“It’s tough to live alone and not have transportation. It can be very isolating,” he said. “But Northwest Valley Connect has relieved me of much of my anxiety, getting me where I need to go, and that’s a wonderful thing. One of my favorite drivers is Ernie, who takes me to my VA appointments. He’s also a retired veteran and we like to chat about golf and other topics in common.”

Kathyrn Chandler, executive director of Northwest Valley Connect, commented: “Survey after survey of our senior population lists transportation as the No. 1 essential need. That’s why Northwest Valley Connect was created—to provide the ‘gift of mobility’ to the homebound community and to those with limiting disabilities. Where would I be without our many volunteers to staff the Call Center and transport people where they need to go? And I’m the only paid staff person. Can you believe that?”

Shannon Haines, director of Benevilla CARES, at 13576 Camino del Sol #22, said: “Most people call looking for the Vial of Life, home care or transportation. One particular story stands out. A call from a neighbor who was concerned about her friend who lived alone. The friend was without resources or proper heating. She was in danger without safety and money. We were able to connect her with all the services that could help her.”

Need help? Call (623) 832-4666, click on the Internet, or walk into the ONN providers listed above.

 

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