“To help Native American people improve the quality of their lives by providing opportunities for them to bring about positive changes in their communities.”
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|"...SWIRC made her Thanksgiving Day a day to remember for many years."
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SWIRC services lessen the need on poverty-stricken reservations in six Southwestern states: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, western Colorado, eastern California, and parts of Oklahoma.
Working through established reservation programs, Southwest Indian Relief Council (SWIRC) programming includes life-sustaining products that are always needed.
- Food for the Elderly
- Winter fuel (in the form of wood, coal, propane, or electric heat)
- Health products (to promote preventative care and offset limited access to clinics)
- Shoes and clothing (for families and communities)
SWIRC services also include opportunities for healthy human participation:
- Community Walks with incentives (to offset diabetes and promote healthy lifestyles)
- Sewing circles (where Elders can visit and make real quilts for those in need)
- Thanksgiving meals (to promote community in what might be a time of despair)
- Christmas gifts and meals (for those who might otherwise be forgotten)
|The diabetes rate on the Navajo Reservation is 4 times higher than in the U.S.
Promoting community walks, and walking daily, help control diabetes.