Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Event April 28 in Espanola

As part of National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month, Las Cumbres is hosting 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, April 28th 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. 

Grant Awards Provide Important Supports in the Community

Las Cumbres Community Services is grateful for a number of important grant awards received as the year comes to a close. Recent awards will support the work of the agency’s Santa Fe Community Infant Program and Behavioral Health in Rio Arriba County, along with Family Navigation, Education and Support Service programs in Taos County.

Financial assistance provided by the Robert T. Keeler Foundation will allow the agency to continue to serve families from our Taos County office. By fostering connections with other agencies and providers in the county, Las Cumbres’ Family Navigation staff are addressing a wide range of needs impacting children, families and the community. The award is already assisting with child abuse prevention awareness, introduction of Circle of Security® parenting classes, and navigation of families through individual challenges and providing access to vital community resources.  

Brindle Foundation’s Early Opportunities Initiative will support the agency in the forthcoming year with a grant to address early childhood and infant mental health for families with children from birth to age six. This funding provides maintenance of agency programs in Santa Fe as well as Rio Arriba County through the agency’s home and center-based services and peer support groups. Early childhood and infant mental health service provision strives to strengthen infant-caregiver relationships and create safer and more nurturing environments, reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect in Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties.

Recognizing the prevalent lack of affordable housing in northern New Mexico or that families are often living in environments that are detrimental to their emotional and physical health and well-being, Las Cumbres is very excited to be expanding their outreach and education around this timely concern. This project will be funded in part by a grant from Con Alma Health Foundation. The newly launched initiative seeks to convene community forums to address barriers to safe, decent, and affordable housing options in three counties, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos, where the agency works closely with families impacted by this social determinant to health.

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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