Grand Opening Soon for New Preschool Playground in Chama!

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Chama 4With enthusiastic support of the local fire chief, Eleanor Daggett Memorial library staff, Rotary Club, and volunteer parents, Chama will soon boast a brand new outdoor play space for children ages one to four!

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Las Cumbres’ staff Margo Brace, who spearheaded the project, tells us that while construction was temporarily delayed due to recent weather, the sandbox and climbing structure will be finished soon. Construction is underway with the help of a contingent of “good guys”, Margo goes on to explain. The new play area will be located on a 1,000 square foot lawn situated just east of the Chama firehouse, with thanks, as well, for approval from the Village Council of Chama. 

Funding for the project is possible, in part, with the assistance of the New Mexico Community Foundation.

For more information about services offered by Las Cumbres in Chama, including the Story Hour at the library, telephone 505.795.4681.

Child Abuse Prevention Event RESCHEDULED for May 25th in Espanola

This event has been rescheduled due to last month's cancellation as a result of unanticipated weather. Please join the staff of Las Cumbres for a family event in the parking lot of its Hunter Street offices in Española. The event, in support of Child Abuse Prevention, will include food, music, and activities for children and families. The event will take place on Friday, May 25th from 11am to 3pm at 404 Hunter Street. 

Additional sponors present for the day's festivities will include the Santa Fe Mountain Center, Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute, Brave Voices for Children, CYFD, and Rio Arriba County. The New Mexico National Guard will have their famous climbing wall available!

Annie. E. Casey KIDS Count Data and New Mexico Voices for Children reveal that 7,544 children were confirmed by the State's Child Protective Services department to be victims of maltreatment in 2014. This represents 15 in every 1,000 children. Of these children, 82.4% were neglected, 13.4% were physically abused, and 3.3% were sexually abused. In Rio Arriba, the rate is even higher with 21 confirmed children abused in every 1,000.

 

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Annual Board Meeting and Election of New Officers

The annual meeting and election of the Board of Directors for Las Cumbres Community Services took place on March 2nd resulting in the following vital, new and continuing officers:

Kristi Silva, Board President, moves into the role after formerly serving as Board Vice President
Michael Hall, Vice President, former Member
Mustafa Chudnoff continues with the agency as Board Treasurer
Erika Spallitta also continues in her capacity as Board Secretary
Brandy Van Pelt (former Board President) remains on the Board as a Member
Lore Pease continues as Member

Invitation to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson

With the recent confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development and recognizing that the availability of decent and affordable housing for many families in nothern New Mexico is scarce, we propose that Dr. Carson visit New Mexico. Below is an exceprt from Albuquerque Journal guest column written by Las Cumbres employee Siena Sanderson, a Family Navigator, assisting families in Taos County with access to much needed and often vital community resources and services. As Sanderson states, housing is quickly becoming a pressing social determinant of health outcomes. 

"Let's Invite Ben Carson to visit New Mexico" (January 23, 2017) During Dr. Ben Carson’s nominating hearing he mentioned his intention to do a “listening tour” once he assumed his responsibility as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development to help him determine the country’s housing needs. I would like New Mexico to join me in inviting Dr. Carson to make New Mexico his first stop. We are amidst a housing crisis not unlike much of America.

I am currently working as a family navigator for Las Cumbres Community Services in Taos, where I connect families to community resources. There is no doubt the difficulty in finding affordable housing is one of the greatest challenges our families face every day. The majority of families we work with are low income. The local Housing Authority has nearly 1,000 people on their wait lists. There are several low income projects built with Tax Credit Housing funds but not nearly enough to address the magnitude of need. I expect this is the case across the state of New Mexico.

We must look at housing as a health issue as it is a social determinant of health outcomes. According to the policy.mic website, in New Mexico one would need to work 64-plus hours a week to pay for a market rate one bedroom apartment if you earn minimum wage and your housing burden is one-third of your income. That does not leave much time for healthy family life, especially when many our families are single mothers ... If people cannot find stable housing, their children will suffer socially and emotionally.

The many providers who work with the housing crisis in our state would like very much to meet with Dr. Carson during his “listening tour.” He said, “I want to hear from the people with boots on the ground who are administering programs.” Well, we should send the message to Dr. Carson that our boots are on the ground and we promise to talk and hope he will listen. 

Visit the agency's Family Navigation services page for more information on what is provided through the program. 

Office Locations

Española

404 Hunter Street
Española, NM 87532
phone: 505.753.4123
fax: 505.753.6947

Española Administration
Office

102 N. Coronado
Española, NM 87532
phone: 505.629.1813
fax: 505.747.0421

Santa Fe

805 Early Street, Suite B-102
Santa Fe, NM
87505 phone: 505.955.0410
fax: 505.955.8577

Adult Services

104 N. Coronado
Española, NM 87532
phone: 505.747.4715
fax: 505.747.4524

Los Alamos Adult Home

2056 Peach Street
Los Alamos, NM 87544
phone: 505.662.4703 [Women’s Apartment]
phone: 505.662.7653 [Men’s Apartment]

Chama Office

493 Terrace Ave., Suite 1
Chama, NM 87520
phone: 575.756.2891

Taos Office

1332 Gusdorf Rd., #A
Taos, NM 87571
phone: 575.224.3197
fax: 575.224.3198

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