Tu Nidito was created to fill an expressed community need for comprehensive, child-centered, coordinated care for children living with life-threatening medical conditions and their families.
Tu Nidito originated as the result of a focus group comprised of medical professionals, hospital representatives from Carondelet Health Services,
Tu Nidito was incorporated and received its 501(c)3 non-profit status in 1994.
Tu Nidito accepted its first client in October of 1996. Since that time, Tu Nidito has expanded its original program from one to seven core programs.
In 1997, Candlelighters of Tucson was merged under the Tu Nidito umbrella and became an operating program of Tu Nidito. The Tu Nidito Candlelighters program and services are for families who have or have had a child with cancer. At the end of 2004, the Candlelighters name was relinquished to a group of parents who have or have had a child with cancer so they could provide the purely social events of the service. Tu Nidito continues to offer individual and group services for children diagnosed with cancer or another life-threatening medical condition.
In 2000, Tu Nidito merged with Children to Children, bringing a new component to Tu Nidito’s services by offering support groups to children who are grieving the death of a loved one. The need was so great that this quickly became Tu Nidito’s largest program, helping hundreds of children each year cope with the sadness, anxiety, anger, and fear they experienced after the death of a loved one.
In 2003, Tu Nidito entered into a formal partnership with the founders of Ben’s Bells to merge the bell project under Tu Nidito. Ben’s Bells are hand-crafted wind chimes made in honor of Ben Packard who died unexpectedly just before his third birthday. Hundreds of bells are distributed throughout the community each year. After 18 months assisting with the formulation and funding for Ben’s Bells, it was turned back over to its founders to continue to expand its mission of promoting random acts of kindness.
In 2006, Tu Nidito added a new component to the Grief Support program and began providing support groups to young adults, ages 18 – 29. This program operates from a satellite location near the
In 2008 began offering support to children who have a parent with cancer. In 2011, the program expanded to children who have a parent diagnosed with a serious medical condition.
In 2012, Tu Nidito began offering a support group exclusively for adults who are grieving the death of a child (ages birth to eighteen) from a serious medical condition.
In 2013, Tu Nidito launched three new programs. PB&J with Love provides eight meals each month to single parent families enrolled in Tu Nidito's support group for children who have a parent wtih a serious medical condition. Beginning in the spring, Tu Nidito will offer satellite grief support groups at various locations throughout Pima County, including Sahuarita and Vail, providing grief support to even more children in the community. In the fall, Tu Nidito will become the Arizona Camp Erin partner, providing a weekend-long camp for children not just in Southern Arizona, but throughout the state. Camp Erin, created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, is the largest nationwide network of free bereavment camps for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them.