Festive fall at Handmaker

Free Smart Phones for Handmaker Staff

At an employee appreciation event on November 5, Handmaker staff received free LG Smartphones, including an unlimited talk, text, and data plan with T-Mobile, at no cost to them!

This is a new benefit being offered to Handmaker employees, sort of an early holiday bonus. After working for one month at Handmaker, all full and part-time staff are now eligible to receive a smart phone and can sign up for the T-Mobile plan. And, those who stay employed for at least six months can keep their phone even after they leave Handmaker, at no extra cost, except for enrolling in their own plan if they leave.

At the appreciation event, two raffles were drawn from the pool of employees who had been fully vaccinated before any mandates. Nahid Nematollahi and Dail Shields were the lucky recipients of “staycation packages” at two Tucson resorts! All staff must now be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022, per CDC and CMS requirements.

Handmaker is currently hiring CNAs, LPNs, RNs, Certified Caregivers, Program Leaders, Unit Assistants, Receptionists, Food Service, and Housekeepers. Those interested in applying for any of these positions can do so online at Handmaker is a great place to work, and free smart phones make it that much better!

SandRuby Fall Festival

Along with appreciating staff, Handmaker’s SandRuby Community Programs celebrated fall with a Fall Festival on November 6. Festivities included a TRAK petting zoo, inflatables, face painting, raffle drawings, and food concessions. Fun was had by all of the SandRuby and Handmaker families in attendance, along with families from the surrounding communities. SandRuby is a comprehensive adult community program in Tucson, offering a full array of stimulating activities that help older adults living with physical and cognitive challenges develop and retain social and independent living skills. You can support seniors who attend SandRuby through the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Donations can be made at or by calling 520-322-3622.

Honoring Our Veterans

Handmaker is blessed to have many veterans among our residents and staff. We honored them all on Veteran’s Day at our monthly birthday party with a room decked out in red, white and blue, piano playing by the talented Dr. Lois Wilde, and display boards with photos and stories of our veterans. We can thank the draft for the fact that Rabbi Richard Safran became a Rabbi. Trained as a mechanic in the Air Force, he regularly attended Shabbat services. The chaplain noticed, and asked him to be his assistant. The rest is history! Totten Warfield was “right in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge”, and can tell many stories of his time in the 3rd army, Patton’s army. Brayton Person was drafted into the Army Medical Corps when he was a senior in College and said that his time in the Army “made my life”. It gave him direction, and he became a Speech Pathologist because of his experience. We are so grateful for the service of all of our veterans to this country.