Senior Village at SaddleBrooke: Neighbors helping Neighbors

David Loendorf, president of Senior Village

David Loendorf, president of Senior Village

Senior Village Thanks SaddleBrooke Mask Makers

Suzanne Marlatt-Stewart

“Thank you so much for the mask. I can finally go to the grocery store. I’m on my way.”

So exclaimed an appreciative Senior Village member, echoing the words of other recipients of the free masks dropped off at their front doors by Village volunteers.

Who would have thought a year ago, even six months ago, we would be walking around looking like bank robbers? In a world that has been forced to socially quarantine and keep its distance, these masks have saved the day.

Senior Village is grateful to the many women in SaddleBrooke who formed groups and made these much-needed masks for the medical community and our residents. Thanks to your sharing, Senior Village was able to deliver 270 masks. We want to acknowledge these groups who have provided so many with masks.

Unit 47 Mask Project was started by two women and grew to more than 100 sewists, extending well beyond the unit. So far, they have made a total of 3,500 masks with over 800 given to Oro Valley Hospital and 100 to Senior Village. Many residents donated fabric, ribbon, and elastic. Milka Triebe, Jackie Schochet, and Judy Cummings put the project in motion.

SaddleBrooke Face Mask Project provided 250 masks to Senior Village for distribution. They chose Senior Village because it is the only organization in SaddleBrooke whose many volunteer services focus only on our community. Members of the SaddleBrooke Friday Quilters, as well as other participants, constructed masks for this project.

SaddleBrooke Squares Club has approximately 20 sewists making masks. This group donated fabric and Elaine Beeble purchased the elastic. One of the sewists, Donna Martin, shared masks with Senior Village for distribution.

Although there is no charge for these masks, many residents contributed “thank you dollars,” which the sewing groups have given to Senior Village as their designated charity. Everyone, all at once, came together to provide a valuable item. The combined efforts of dozens of residents and volunteer Village drivers showed the true spirit of “give where you live”.

Beth Conti, another Senior Village member, stated, “I am thrilled to be a recipient of an uber cool mask! Many thanks to you and your talented volunteers in making these valuable gifts available during this challenging time. Stay safe. Stay well.”

To learn more about Senior Village, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members live independently in their homes, go to or phone 520-314-1042.