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March 2011

Volume 5 Issue 3

Kaity’s Way Board

Susan Guinn-Lahm, MA,
Susan is a native of Ajo, AZ
Teenagers LIVE IT! At Ironwood
where she works as the
Lead Behavioral Health On February 4, 2011, and I heard the story of the future with this
Clinician at Desert Senita Ironwood High School hosted Jennifer Hinds, another high performance. Melia and I feel
Community Health Center a dance performance school student lost in a red that we've fulfilled our
(DSCHC). Susan provide coordinated and organized by light running accident. purpose. Although it would be
general mental health seniors Richelle Trebilcock awesome to be involved next
counseling services, and Melia Coury. Kaity’s Way year, we feel that it is not our
specializing in patient’s We saw that this was not an
along with other vendors like isolated event and decided to place to organize this concert
behavioral changes to Faith House, Al-Anon, Teen again. We hope to see it
compliment their medical produce a performance
Lifeline, NA, Red Means Stop involving schools throughout taken too much further heights
treatment. and Divorce Care, hosted than we can even imagine.
the district which covered a
exhibit tables that teenagers variety of crises instead of just Originally, we chose the
could relate to. red light running. We have charities which directly
Ric Sudberry correlated with the dances.
worked on organizing this
Board Member The performance was created performance for about a year The idea was to portray these
to bring awareness to the now with getting permission topics in a new light, through
Ric is the father of five and varying troubles of today’s from administration and dance, and move the audience
spent five years in the US youth. This program was very discussing it with the other to reach to these various
Air Force as a Medical moving and easy to see the organizations. The charities
dance teachers. The past few
Technician. Ric works full amount of hard work put into were there to show the
months, this performance has
time at Home Depot in the show. required a good deal of our audience how to actually make
Phoenix, AZ. He enjoys time, but it has all been worth a difference in society. As the
reading, watching football dances evolved, many did not
it. I feel very blessed to be
(Go Steelers!) and traveling. directly align with the
involved in this. I know that
God wanted this performance organizations in the lobby, but
to take place, and I am so we were still glad to have so
Norma Gomez thankful to have the many charities present.
Board Member opportunity to be a part of it.
We both are very pleased with
Norma is a mother of three the performance and have
and grandmother of nine. heard many comments about
Norma first began her work how emotional and powerful it
as an advocate about 20 Richelle provided us with the was. This concert has
years ago when she began history about how the program obviously made a difference,
working with the came to be. About 2 years and we are so encouraged by
developmentally disabled ago, my friend and role model, this, especially since it was at
population. She continues Makenzie Stocker, died in a Melia Coury & Richelle Trebilcock
our own high school. The
her advocate work with the red light running accident. success of this concert has
Pima County Attorneys’ She had such an impact actually inspired our teachers
Office, Victim Services on me that I wanted to honor to work towards making this an
Division. She enjoys Makenzie with a dance about annual event. This idea is still
teaching Baile folklórico, her beautiful life and being discussed, but we are
which she has done for the personality. This one dance actually applying for a grant to
last 25 years in Ajo. evolved into an entire concert help the students next year.
after my friend Melia Coury We don't have any plans for

"Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction."

~Harry Truman
Calendar of Events
Be sure to check our website for Kaity’s Way Heads South to Ajo
updates and additional current
events th th
February 7 – 9 Kaity’s Way recognize if they were in a Andrea spoke at the end of
visited the small town of Ajo, violent relationship since each presentation to provide hearing Kaity’s Story
AZ, located approximately two information about local
.php hours south of Phoenix with resources. Norma Gomez,
an off season population of 40% know or have known Kaity’s Way Board member
approximately 2,500, doubling someone in an abusive and advocate from the Pima
When during the winter season. County Attorneys office was
able to attend the presentation
March 5 , 2011 @ 9:00 am
Kaity’s Way held an to the PTSA, Pima County
What 97.56% believe it would be a Sheriffs Deputies, WIC and
impressive 12 presentations in benefit to teenagers to have
Ajo, six of which were to each the Library. All of the hard
Zoe Community Resource Fair at Kaity’s Story presented in the work, presentations and
Walgreens parking lot at 2435 E. of Ms Robles’ science classes school systems and/or youth
at Ajo High School. The increased awareness is truly a
Greenway Pkwy Phoenix. organizations sincere example of a
English teacher next door
heard about the presentations community that cares deeply
and on the second day of 96.34% believe it would be about their children and
When helpful if more adults were future.
presentations brought his
March 16, 2011 @ 11:00 am students over to hear Kaity’s educated about TDV
Story. In total, 108 of the 162 Also in Ajo, Kaity’s Way was
What high school student body were 94.05% would share Kaity’s represented at the Desert
Stand & Serve Day at the State able to hear Kaity’s Story. Story with a friend if they felt Senita Community Health
Capitol Lawn. they were in an abusive Center Annual Health Fair on
relationship January 29, 2011 by volunteer
Andrea Peterson and Board
The other organizations that Chair Susan Guinn-Lahm.
held presentations were the Kaity’s Way brochures were
March 26, 2011 @ 10:00 am PTSA, Ajo Library, GED exhibited on their Behavioral
Students/ISDA Staff, WIC, Health display table along with
What other domestic violence
Pima County Sheriffs
Deputies and LDS Youth awareness and prevention
Kaity's Way will have an exhibit materials. Many people of all
table at a Tumbleweed event at the ages stopped by to visit the
Sunnyslope Community Center. table, discussed domestic
Susan Lahm, Kaity’s Way violence issues, and learned
Board Chair and Lead about advocacy services in
Behavioral Health Clinician at Ajo from Andrea and Susan
When Below are some results from the Desert Senita Community throughout the day.
the completed surveys. Health Center and Andrea
March 30, 2011 – All Day--
Peterson, program
What 98.81% of those that coordinator for Desert Senita
answered believe they would Community Health Center
Eat & raise funds at Buffalo Wild attended all 12 presentations.
Wings, 2510 W. Happy Valley
Road. 15% of proceeds will go to
Kaity’s Way.

Share Your Voice In Support

Kaity’s Way has supplied all receives the most reviews and turn will let the donors know
the necessary information and Kaity’s Way needs your help that what we do helps all of
submitted the proper and support. society not just a select group.
Dating Violence Statistic documentation required to , a organization If you are willing to write a The assessment only takes a
More than one in three teens that helps potential donors review, please go to few moments, but will help
reported that their partners wanted research viable charities, so future donors and sponsors
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and who they were with (37%) all are giving to a sound way/review.aspx and select supporting Kaity’s Way.
the time. Among teens who had organization such as Kaity’s Write Reviews, just under the
sex by age 14, it’s much higher Way. red + share button. We currently have 564
(58% and 59%, respectively). subscribers to Kaity’s Korner is running its There is no age limit to who and we hope to see as many
Liz Claiborne Inc., Tweens and KIMBIA Winter Giveaway can do this and we encourage reviews.
Teen Dating Abuse Survey, 2008 giving away $5,000 to the that young people as well as
non-profit organization who adults write reviews. This in
Wish List
Kaity’s Way heads further South to
Copier Nogales, Arizona, nestled community resource
Conference call speaker phone within beautiful Santa Cruz information to conclude each
County, hosted the sharing of presentation.
Two Outdoor Storage Sheds Kaity’s Story to Nogales High
School on February 15, 2011 The teamwork that went into
to approximately 600 students these presentations was
in three separate presentation remarkable. Bobbi Sudberry
sessions. The presentations also had the pleasure of
were coordinated by Sandra meeting Judge Mary Maley to
Anguiano, Patient Advocate at left to right, George Silva (Santa
Cruz County Attorney), Bobbi discuss the Circle of Peace
Mariposa Community Health program and her work with the
Sudberry, Eva Valencia (Domestic
Center and Ms. Abreu of Violence Advocate, SEABHS, students of Desert Shadows
Nogales High School. Libre de Violencia Program), Inti Middle School.
Vasquez (Santa Cruz County
The Santa Cruz County Victim Services Director), Sandra
Anguiano (Patient Advocate, It is very apparent that the
Kaity’s Way Contact Attorneys Office provided a community leaders of Nogales
Mariposa Community Health
generous honorarium to cover Center). genuinely care about the
Mailing Address: the expenses to bring Kaity’s children within their
P.O. Box 83494 Way to Nogales. Eva community and are working
Valencia, Sandra Anguiano Santa Cruz County Attorney
Phoenix, AZ 85071 Office, provided valuable local towards a brighter future for
and George Silva from the all.
Email Address:

Phone Number:
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Phoenix, AZ. relationships between
children, youth, and families.
The PSA was coordinated by The Governor’s Youth
the GYC, created in Commission is represented by
partnership with, Kaity’s Way, 35 high school students from The PSA can be viewed by
and produced through a 9 counties. Each going to one of the following
generous in-kind donation of commissioner serves a term links:
productions services by Mesa or two or three years, starting
Public Schools Educational as a sophomore or junior in or
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all youth issues.

Eat Wings & Raise Funds for Kaity’s Way

If you are in the promotional discounts) If you work nearby
Phoenix area, all day from any guest that order takeout for lunch
March 30 , 2011 you presents the following (623) 207 6900 or take
can Eat Wings & Raise fundraising ticket. dinner home to the
Funds for Kaity’s Way family.
at Buffalo Wild Wings
(BWW) located at 2510 Kaity’s Way will be
Happy Valley Road, represented this
Phoenix, Az. The link to print this evening for dinner by
ticket is located at: Bobbi Sudberry and
BWW will donate 15% some of the wonderful
of all pre-taxed food oc/49563656/BWW- Volunteers of Kaity’s
sales (less alcohol and 033011 Way.
Kaity’s Way Community and
Volunteer Support
Kaity’s Way would like to leader of LDS Youth Group, through video and possibly
extend its thanks to: Cecelia Haynes, CNW who the website and other web
all hosted presentations in channels. Tohono
Holbrook School District for Ajo. Communications will work on
providing a generous a script and seek funding with
honorarium to offset some of All that attended and brought cooperation and input from all
the costs to present at something to the Meet and involved in this effort to
Holbrook High School in Greet Potluck in Ajo; Anna create safe relationships for
January. Plant, Arlene Dreste, our youth.
Norma Gomez, Tina West,
Andrea Peterson, Patty Jen Rauhouse, Peer
Mario, Debbie, Donna, Wagner, Yvonne Crewse
Maria, Rob, Heidi and Sasia Solutions and KellyAnn
and Mel Ortega. Bonnell, Faythe Project for
for your work with Celebrities
Step Against Teen Dating taking the time to meet with
Violence II. Tohono Communications, a Bobbi Sudberry and share
Lee Irwin from Ajo Library, Native American business, information and insight from
Morgana Wallace from attended and videotaped the their years of experience.
ISDA, Fran Driver, Board presentation of Kaity's story
Chair for Ajo PTSA, Dr. Joen at the Ajo Library on Kara and Alex for their help
Painter and Ms. Robles from February 9, 2011. The on February 26, 2011 with
Ajo High School, Lt. Clement owner/producer, Mel Ortega, the exhibit table at the AARP
of the Pima County Sheriffs is willing to work with this Health Fair. They both won a
Dept., Aubrey Harper, organization to enable more raffle prize at the Health Fair.
people to learn about Kaity What a couple of winners!

How can you Help!

Kaity’s Way still needs and address information for get some to you.
volunteers for certain schools and youth groups.
upcoming events. Fundraising
Organize business cards and
March 26, 2011 -- Exhibit filing. Have a Home Party to raise
Table at an event hosted by funds for Kaity's Way. Many
Tumbleweed at the Bring Awareness businesses, such as,
Sunnyslope Community Tupperware, Beauticontrol,
Center 7th Street & Dunlap. Pampered Chef, CandleLite,
More information to come. Are you a member of a PTA,
PTO, PTSO of any group or and Cookie Lee have
organization that involves the programs to fundraise for non-
Celebrities Step Against Teen welfare of children? If so, profit organizations. This is a
Dating Violence II -- consider suggesting Kaity's fun way to get together with
Fundraising event scheduled Way speak at one of the your friends and support a
for July 23, 2011. We are in meetings to bring awareness great cause.
the planning stages and could to Teen Dating Violence as
use all the help we can get. well as the need for Education Sell Yankee Candles for 4
Our next meeting is March 5, in our schools. weeks during the spring
2011 at 1:00 pm.
If you are a Facebook, user, Help with working and
If you are unable take part in Friend Kaity’s Way and spreading the word about the
the one of Kaity’s Way’s whenever you see a Kaity's Ajo and Phoenix Yard Sales
events, we can use your help Way posting, make it a habit to be held the first part of
and support in other ways. to hit the SHARE option and April.
encourage your Facebook
Administrative Support friends to do the same. By Coordinate Dining to Donate
doing so you are bringing with a restaurant in your area
Logging survey answers into a awareness to more people
Kaity’s Korner Staff spreadsheet. than Kaity’s Way can do
alone. Conduct a used cell phone or
ink cartridge drive at your
Miranda L. Birden Envelope stuffing for bulk place of employment or with
mailing. Talk about us to anyone and your family, friends and
Creator & Editor everyone. If you would like neighbors.
brochures to have on hand,
Bobbi Sudberry Data entry of names, contact please let us know and we will
Contributor & Editor