Seeking Donations for School Participation in National Child Traumatic Stress Network Collaborative Trainings

In the past three years, Las Cumbres has established unique school-based Nurturing Centers, housed in two elementary schools in Taos County, where teachers, administrators and students and their families are working together to address concerns that can disrupt many aspects of a child’s development and formation of sense of self. These concerns include physical/sexual/emotional abuse, substance use or abuse in the household, incarceration of a household member, or even parental separation or divorce. Las Cumbres Nurturing Center staff aim to improve students’ abilities to be present in the classroom by offering social and emotional support, therapeutic art activities, peer and mentor support, connection to additional resources, and opportunities for students to become “kindness ambassadors” in their school and the wider community. To further this work, we have recently been invited to join an 18-month nationwide collaboration through The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to receive training and other supports, along with Enos Garcia Elementary staff, to develop Enos Garcia Elementary School in Taos as a “trauma-informed” school.

While a small stipend is available through the initiative, it will cover only one-third of the expense to send four individuals to the three NCTSN BSC Learning Sessions slated for between now and April of 2020. The first Learning Session is scheduled to take place on the West Coast in February. We are respectfully seeking financial assistance from individuals and businesses as an important next step to assure that school representatives will be able to take part in this incredible opportunity – an opportunity to increase knowledge and skills related to the effect of trauma on the physical and psychological development of students along with a chance to bolster understanding and initiate positive change along with other schools and districts across the country.

To learn about how you can help with a financial contribution, please send an email to the agency's Development Director with this link. Or mail you contributions to: Las Cumbres Community Services, NCTSN BSC, Attn: R. Covelli-Hunt, 1911 Fifth St., Suite 100, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Please feel free to direct any questions that you might have to Robyn at 505.819.5117. We thank you in advance!

Trunk or Treat for Halloween at Hunter Street in Espanola

In support of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness TRUNK OR TREAT will be unveiled on October 31st at the agency's Española offices and in the parking lot at 404 Hunter Street. Bring your children for this free community event with car trunks loaded with treats, rollicking costumes, and scary decorations inside for the bigger kids that dare!

Donations welcome before the party starts! For more information, contact Felicia DePaula at 505.927.4716.


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Community Kindness: Santa Fe Botanical Garden Welcomes Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group

In early August the Santa Fe Botanical Garden (SFBG) was designated for an evening field trip for seven grandparents and their nine grandchildren, members of Las Cumbres' Santa Fe Grandparents Raising Granchildren (GRG) group. After partaking of a nourishing meal provided by Las Cumbres in their Fifth Street office, monthly GRG support group participants made their way to Museum Hill for a summer evening outing to the local mesmerizing landscape.  Upon arrival they were greeted by staff member, Lydia Lopez, who then led the group to what "felt like stepping into another world", according to group facilitator Naomi Diamond.  The younger children gravitated toward the garden-related art activities that had been set up for them to engage with while the older children and their grandparents walked the meandering paths taking in the tranquil beauty of the colorful landscape as well as the amazing Dan Ostermiller bronze wildlife sculptures on site.

Las Cumbres Community Services would like to gracioulsy thank Mollie Parsons, Education Director, and staff member Lydia Lopez of the SFBG for providing our grandparents and their grandchildren with a truly unique experience of wonder and contemplation in a very special place. Following the outing, facilitator Diamond received a follow up call from the SFBG administartion extending a generous offer for free annual memberships for not only the families in attendance that night but to all of the Santa Fe Grandparents Raising Grandchildren participants - heartfelt tale of community generosity and collaboration.

To learn more about the agency's Grandparents Raising Grandchildren programs, offering support and education for this population of caregivers across three counties, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos, click here.

And to find out how you can visit and/or support the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, please, enter here.

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Recent Grants Received to Aid Families with Children who are Most Impacted by Trauma

Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book has just been updated. The disheartening news is that according to the latest data, New Mexico has dropped, again, to the very bottom of the list, 50th across the nation for wellbeing of its children in the State. Las Cumbres, with its vital collabortion with select funders, continues to expand its services to families with children to meet the unsettling factors head-on that impact our community children and their families. We are pleased to announce the award of three supportive grants from the following private and city funders.

City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission award of $69,000 a year for two years will assist with maintaining treatment for a selection of Santa Fe's most trauma-impacted children and their families through the agency's Santa Fe Community Infant Program (CIP). Addressing multi-generational cycles of interpersonal and community violence, CIP staff will be in an even stronger position to aid parents and other caregivers to restore their role in their children's lives as "Protective Shields", with intensive intervention, concrete assistance, and parenting skills. To find out more about the Santa Fe-based infant and early childhood programs through CIP, click here.

United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) has bequeathed Las Cumbres $50,000 toward continuation of the agency's HEART Project. HEART, which stands for Healing Early Adversity through Resilience and Treatment, is now entering its third year. The project aims to nurture a behavioral health system that integrates and leverages agency expertise in trauma-informed and trauma-focused infant and early childhood mental health and education with intervention, assessment, and treatment; parenting supports; family navigation; and collective impact. With this year's HEART Project expansion, behavioral health supports will broaden to include the agency's therapeutic Pre-K preschool, Conjunto, in Espanola. This will further assist three- and four-year-olds as the ready and transition into kindergarten and public school. This UWNNM grant will assist families enrioled in Las Cumbres across Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. For more about Conjunto, click here.

A Santa Fe Community Foundation Spring 2018 Community Grant will similarly bolster therapeutic interventions for preschoolers enrolled in Conjunto. With introduction of an assessment tool reviewing "adverse childhood experiences" (known as ACEs) administered for both the child and their caregivers, preschool staff and behavioral health team members will better understand the range of factors that affect a child as he or she grows, tracking their progress on into kindergarten. One in ten children nationally has experienced three or more ACEs, placing them in a category of especially high risk. In five states - including Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, New Mexico, and Ohio - as many as one in seven children has experienced three or more ACEs. ACEs are traumatic experiences that can have negative, long lasting effects on health and wellbeing in children and later in life. The Santa Fe Community Foundation grant award, in the amount of $50,000, will benefit children in Conjunto who arrive from Rio Arriba and northern Santa Fe counties.

Searchlight New Mexico, James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, is quoted "We can continue to dis-invest in our children or we can insist upon a new direction, one in which we make a deep commitment to improving conditions for all New Mexicans."

Learn more about specific demographics for New Mexico's children, by visiting Annie E. Casey's KIDS COUNT Data Book, by following this link.United Way of NNM logo

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New Healing Hearts Mothers Group Starting June 18 in Santa Fe Office

Come connect with other moms for this educational and arts-driven mothers group, to be held in the agency's Santa Fe offices, beginning in mid-June. Classes will be held on Mondays from 10am until noon for 8 weeks. Contact Shannan or Kim about enrollment.

Explore the challenges of motherhood and the importance of self-care with other mothers with young children. Childcare and snacks provided!

Review the flyer below for more information including contact telephone numbers. Healing Hearts Flyer Session 5 June 2018


Administrative Office

(if you are seeking information on Child and Family services in Española, please refer calls or fax referrals to Espa
ñola Early Childhood Services Center numbers below-
Thank You!)

102 N. Coronado
Espanola, NM 87532
phone 505.629.1813
fax 505.747.0421

Española Early Childhood Center

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

For referrals, ask to speak to Rebecca Quintana at ext 129

Adult Services

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

TTY/TDD/Audio Relay 711 National Voice Relay available:
Dial 711 to be automatically connected to a Telecommunications Relay Service operator who can initiate a call from any telephone, anywhere in the United States.

Santa Fe

Santa Fe Early Childhood Center(including Family Infant Toddler/Early Intervention)

1911 Fifth St., Suite 100
Santa Fe, NM 87505
phone: 505.955.0410
fax: 505.955.8577

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: 575.795.4681 or 575.209.0347

Taos Office

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

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