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  • Group home on Navajo Nation seen as solution to elderly care

    By S.J. Wilson
    Birdsprings, Arizona (NFIC)

    “We’re not rich; we’re not in it for glory or reward. We are a community looking to meet its own needs.”

    These were the words of Thomas Walker Jr., council delegate for Birdsprings Chapter on the Navajo Nation. Walker also heads the Nation’s Health programs.

    “Close to ten years ago our community determined that there was a need for elderly housing and nursing staff,” Walker said in a joint meeting between Birdsprings Chapter officials and members of the Navajo Nation Department of Social Services. “We started the organization Tolchii’kooh in 1995. We have been involved in human development projects, and work to potentially provide housing. We now expect a ten-unit group home to be completed 18 months from now. We are also working on a senior citizens center separate from the housing facility. We are concentrating on good things in our community.”

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