Year’s end – help­ing to bet­ter our com­mu­ni­ties

The Taos News - - VECINOS - Malinda Wil­liams

Over Christ­mas, Com­mu­nity Against Vi­o­lence served 12 chil­dren in emer­gency shel­ter and an­other 12 in tran­si­tional hous­ing pro­grams. With the com­mu­nity’s in­cred­i­ble help, these chil­dren were part of the 516 An­gel Tree chil­dren who had gifts this Christ­mas.

Spe­cial thanks goes to Jim Sch­lar­baum, who en­sures Santa goes where needed most. For the past six years he has vis­ited the chil­dren in CAV’s emer­gency shel­ter and tran­si­tional hous­ing pro­grams and given the chil­dren a per­sonal visit and gift from Santa.

With the new year com­ing, many of us are mak­ing yearend do­na­tions or plan­ning char­i­ta­ble giv­ing for 2019. CAV deeply ap­pre­ci­ates you who have sup­ported us and plan to do so again in the com­ing year.

Many great or­ga­ni­za­tions op­er­ate in North­ern New Mex­ico, serv­ing peo­ple who are strug­gling – with home­less­ness, ad­dic­tion, vi­o­lence, poverty, post- trau­matic stress dis­or­der, grief and loss, or other chronic or short-term chal­lenges. You can help by do­nat­ing food, money or vol­un­teer­ing. You can also con­tact or­ga­ni­za­tions to help with “wish list” items, such as linens, per­sonal hygiene, clean­ing, of­fice sup­plies or help with re­pairs.

North­ern New Mex­ico has one of the high­est rates of chil­dren liv­ing in poverty and with food in­se­cu­rity. Some or­ga­ni­za­tions are help­ing:

• The Shared Ta­ble (ElPue­bli­toUMC.org) dis­trib­utes food ev­ery sec­ond and fourth Wed­nes­day of the year at El Pue­blito United Methodist Church in El Prado from 11a.m.-noon and the Talpa Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, same days, 2 - 3 p.m.

• St. James Epis­co­pal Church Food Pantry (StJamesTaos.org) dis­trib­utes bags of food ev­ery Thurs­day from 1- 5 p.m.

• Carson, Chamisal, Peñasco/Pi­curis, and Questa also have food pantries. Find con­tact in­for­ma­tion at TheFoodDe­pot.org.

• Taos Feeds Taos (TaosFeed­sTaos.org) pro­vide hol­i­day food bas­kets to over 1100 fam­i­lies in need.

• CAV, the Men’s Home­less Shel­ter, and DreamTree Pro­ject are shel­ter pro­grams pro­vid­ing food to their res­i­dents/clients. (Spe­cial thanks to the won­der­ful Moun­tain Home Health em­ploy­ees who, once again, did a food drive for CAV’s shel­ter and client food pro­gram!)

• The DreamTree Pro­ject (DreamTreePro­ject.org) of­fers emer­gency shel­ter (ages 12-17), tran­si­tional apart­ments (ages 16-24), re­sources through­out north­ern New Mex­ico, and have ad­di­tional hous­ing re­sources for adults and fam­i­lies.

• The Taos Men’s Shel­ter (TaosMen­sShel­ter.org) pro­vides an overnight haven for men who are home­less. Com­mu­nity Against Vi­o­lence, CAV (TaosCAV.org) of­fers ser­vices and emer­gency and tran­si­tional hous­ing for chil­dren and adults who are sur­vivors of do­mes­tic/sex­ual vi­o­lence and child abuse.

• Heart of Taos (HeartofTaos.org) of­fers re­sources and re­fer­rals for women who are home­less.

• Fight­ing ad­dic­tion: North­ern NM strug­gles with high rates of peo­ple with ad­dic­tions. In­side Out (Re­cov­eryIn­sid­eOut.org) of­fers peer sup­port, ther­apy groups, job devel­op­ment, and re­fer­rals and as­sis­tance to peo­ple strug­gling with sub­stance use is­sues and PTSD. Rio Grande Treat­ment Pro­gram (RioGran­deATP.

org) of­fers out­pa­tient and in­ten­sive out­pa­tient treat­ment and sup­port ser­vices. Golden Wil­low Re­treat (Gold­enWil­lowRe­treat.com) of­fer­ing sup­port and ser­vices to peo­ple deal­ing with grief, loss, and re­cov­ery is­sues.

• Spe­cial needs: EnSueños Y Los An­geli­tos Devel­op­ment Cen­ter (ELADC.org) pro­vides ser­vices to chil­dren and adults with spe­cial needs, and their fam­i­lies. Bridges Pro­ject for Ed­u­ca­tion (BridgesPro­ject.

org) pro­vide free col­lege coun­sel­ing and sup­port pro­grams for peo­ple of all ages. Youth Heart­line (YouthHeart­line.org) of­fers pro­grams such as Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates and af­ter-school en­rich­ment pro­grams.

These are just a few non­prof­its you may want to sup­port who are work­ing to bet­ter our com­mu­nity. Build­ing your tra­di­tions to in­clude char­i­ta­ble giv­ing im­proves our lives. By each of us giv­ing our time and re­sources, to­gether we pro­duce re­sults that are big­ger, more mean­ing­ful and ef­fec­tive than any­thing we could pos­si­bly do alone.

Malinda Wil­liams is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Against Vi­o­lence, Inc. (CAV) which of­fers FREE con­fi­den­tial sup­port and as­sis­tance for adult and child sur­vivors of sex­ual and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, dat­ing vi­o­lence, and stalk­ing; com­mu­nity and school vi­o­lence preven­tion pro­grams; re-ed­u­ca­tion BIP groups for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence of­fend­ers; coun­sel­ing; shel­ter; tran­si­tional hous­ing; and com­mu­nity thrift store. To talk with some­one or get in­for­ma­tion on ser­vices avail­able, call CAV’s 24-hour cri­sis line at (575) 758-9888 or go to the web­site: TaosCAV.org.

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