HEART of Taos strug­gles

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HEART of Taos founder and board pres­i­dent Kathryn Her­man wel­comes guests Dec. 7 dur­ing the non­profit’s third an­nual hol­i­day ben­e­fit at Old Martina’s Hall in Ran­chos de Taos. HEART of Taos launched in 2016 to help home­less women and chil­dren with ser­vices, hous­ing and emer­gency shel­ter. The non­profit, like many new or­ga­ni­za­tions, has strug­gled to find its foot­ing, los­ing an ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor in mid-2018 while in the midst of ren­o­vat­ing a res­i­dence that was to be­come Taos’s first shel­ter and tran­si­tional home for women and chil­dren.

De­spite the chal­lenges, HEART of Taos has pro­vided rent vouch­ers, case­work­ers and emer­gency shel­ter – work­ing with the Taos Mo­tel – to hun­dreds of women and chil­dren.

With a new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Kim Park, in place, the group plans to make head­way on sev­eral pro­grams.

HEART of Taos, sup­ported com­pletely by com­mu­nity do­na­tions, opened a cen­tral of­fice on Paseo del Pue­blo Sur for lim­ited hours Tues­day thru Fri­day. Park said they help be­tween 6 and 15 women a day. “There’s been an uptick,” she said.

They work with other groups in town – Las Cum­bres, DreamTree and Com­mu­ni­ties Against Vi­o­lence – to help fam­i­lies get back on their feet and keep a roof over their heads.

Ul­ti­mately, the goal this year is to get the HEART House open. First, Park said, she has to fig­ure out how to sta­bi­lize the non­profit’s fi­nances so it can con­tinue help­ing fam­i­lies. “The need is there,” she said.

Morgan Timms/The Taos News

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