The Junior League of Tucson, Inc. is dedicated to providing leadership training to empower and develop the potential of women, while also making a difference in our local community.
Our main focus is JLT C.A.R.E.S (Creating Appropriate Residences for Every Senior).
JLT C.A.R.E.S. (Creating Appropriate Residences
for Every Senior) focuses on the needs of underserved and vulnerable seniors living in substandard housing conditions by providing direct support in terms of the volunteers, resources and materials necessary to provide critical home rehabilitation improvements. Research in the Tucson community shows
that About 80,000 single family homes were built in Tucson from World War II through 1979. These aging homes make up most of Tucson's affordable and, in many cases, most dilapidated housing. Most of these houses are structurally sound and can be maintained. 14% of these homes have problems with key household systems. Homes built then were not generally handicapped accessible
and more than 10,000 need modification. In addition, these homes are largely energy-inefficient. It would be cost-effective to retrofit them with measures that would reduce energy by about 40% The cost of fixing these homes would be roughly 10 times less than replacing them.
With this information in mind, JLT CARES is narrowed to three key
1. Safety: Mechanisms to protect the senior and enable them to access help when needed.
2. Accessibility: Modifications to accommodate the physical limitations of the senior.
3. Energy Efficiency: Modifications that will increase efficiency and decrease maintenance costs.